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Powder Room Polish

Court Atkins Group’s 501 South Studio shares their journey to making a big impact in a small space.

On the project
“For all of these schemes, we started by selecting the focal point of the room, and made selections around that item to help support it as the featured element. Design is easiest when you’re creating a scheme around something that you love.”

— 501 South Studio


We often regard the powder room as the jewel box of the home. It is a small space, but provides the opportunity to create an impact and make a statement. For this design at the Garden & Gun Artist Cottage in Palmetto Bluff’s Moorland Village, 501 South Studio wanted to create a memorable moment in the powder room. Here are several different approaches that led to the final design selections:


Concept 1 The patterned wallcovering mural is a reproduction of an artist’s original work, applied to wallpaper. Terrazzo tile is a fun way to incorporate multiple colors in one material. Softer colors often mimic seaglass. Keeping the cabinetry and countertop simple lets the focus go to the other items in the room.


Concept 2 Another way to create a feature on the wall is to use a patterned or textured tile, and this terracotta tile has both. Creating the cabinetry from the same material as the wood flooring would allow the eye a place to rest, since the tile will create such a powerful impact.


Concept 3 The final, winning design scheme, which is what 501 South Studio implemented, was based on tonal textures. The cement tile, with its black and white pattern, create the fun, unexpected feature for the powder room. The feel of a grasscloth was achieved through a vinyl wallcovering which is forgiving in a bathroom, as it is a cleanable material. The soapstone countertop and dark stained cabinetry keep to the dramatic theme.