Victorian HallwayTraditional Powder Room, London
This is a family home where the space needs to be practical yet the desire was for style. As a result, the floor is a Karndean vinyl flooring which has a wood effect and looks incredible yet very practical and hard wearing. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball Ammonite and skirting in All White. The redundant space under the stairs was made into a little cloakroom with a toilet and basin. We painted this room in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue to create a contrast with the hallway which works as a surprise when you open the door! A hallway and stair runner complete the look and the pendant lighting adds drama in this entrance and compliments the style.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Make use of space under the stairsAs someone whose pantry is cleverly fitted beneath the staircase, I can attest to making the most of this often squandered space. In small houses, every centimetre counts, and there are often enough unused centimetres under the stairs to create a little nook or even a new room. Before this old Victorian home was renovated, the space below the stairs was redundant – the ceiling height was too low to make it a liveable corner of the room. There was, however, enough height for a toilet and basin with a little cloakroom off to one side.
Make smart use of the spacePositioning the toilet where the ceiling is lowest makes sense, but if bumped heads are still likely, move the toilet out from the wall a little. This has the added benefit of enabling you to hide the cistern out of sight and making the room feel bigger.A small basin tucked into the corner gives users more room to move than a vanity or basin positioned against a wall. And, far from making a room seem small as is commonly believed, painting the walls black can actually make them recede and enhance the sense of space.