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From the February issue: Pristine powder rooms

As any dutiful HGTV viewer would observe, when it comes to bathrooms, the “master bath” is the typical make-or-break room in a potential home. Shower too small? Finished. No jets in the tub? An outrage. Daintier rooms are often overlooked in favor of a big show, but as our article in the February issue demonstrates, the lowly half bath in a corner or a hallway can make just as big a statement as their rivals by the bedroom.

Think of it this way: a powder room is convenience in a small space, the perfect size for taking chances with color and design without expending too much time and money.

Those with regal tastes might appreciate crown mouldings and paneled walls with a coat of gilded paint, for example, or an intricate mosaic on the floor. Streamlined wallpaper, while potentially overwhelming in a large room, works perfectly in a tight space with a tall mirror. A modern minimalist can be bold in black and white, with bright lights and exposed pluming providing some unexpected breadth.

To see photos and details of more local powder rooms with stunning style, check out our article from our February issue, available on newsstands now.