In the Wild

Small Bath, Major Impact

How artist Meg Biram recreated a “sexy hotel bathroom” at home

Powder room ideas to steal from artist Meg Biram's sexy hotel bathroomPowder room ideas to steal from artist Meg Biram's sexy hotel bathroom
A project anyone can tackle? Updating the bath. Especially if it’s a half-bath/guest bath/powder room situation, there are plenty of things you can do that fit your wallet, your schedule and your style. It can be as simple as decanting your hand soap into a luxe pump, or as intense as retiling the floor. Just ask artist Meg Biram.

We adore Meg’s outdoor space and closet update, so we were hardly surprised when her first floor guest bath turned out to be a thing of beauty, too. While Meg did make some pretty dramatic changes, you can still make an impression with simpler updates like new paint and thoughtful styling. Let Meg walk you through it:

Powder room ideas to steal from artist Meg Biram's sexy hotel bathroom

What was the design and renovation process like?

The space is small and it’s on the main floor, so it’s the bathroom all of our guests use. I wanted them to walk into it and feel like they were transported to a sexy boutique hotel bathroom in a big city.

I knew I wanted to paint it really dark. Both of our bedrooms are already painted black, so I felt like I needed to change it up. I picked out this geometric white, grey and black marble tile that I knew I wanted to use, and I felt like a really dark green would give the vibe I was looking for.

I came home with 9 different greens to test. My husband already thinks I’m a little nuts, but I wanted it to be the perfect shade. I painted the entire bathroom—ceiling and all—and it didn’t feel dark enough to me. So I painted it all over again. I will go all the way with paint to make it the exact perfect shade.

My husband is really handy. I don’t know if it’s a Midwest thing, but he grew up learning how to frame houses and loves building things. He can pretty much figure out how to make or fix almost anything, which is helpful. Everything except the toilet and vanity cabinet is new. My husband also used to work at a granite and marble business, so we picked out a slab of marble and had it cut to fit our vanity. We ordered a sink and faucet and he put it all together.

The mirror, light and all of the fixtures and drawer pulls are black, brass or marble. Even though it’s dark and black and green, I wanted the brass elements to warm it up. I also got low wattage bulbs to keep the vibe sexy.

I will go all the way with paint to make it the exact perfect shade.

Powder room ideas to steal from artist Meg Biram's sexy hotel bathroom

Love that you have art in the bathroom. Any tips for choosing art pieces for “unexpected” spaces?

Oh yes, art is important in every room, even the bathroom! I knew I wanted black and white photographs in the bathroom. It worked with my color palette and honestly, I already had some that I loved that weren’t hanging, so they worked perfectly in the bathroom. Two of the photographs are of women in bathing suits so that goes with the sexy vibe.

The piece behind the toilet is actually one of my own paintings. I don’t want my home to be filled with my work, I want it to be filled with the work of other artists, but having your own work comes in handy.

Everything down to the trash can is something I want to look at—that’s why it’s photogenic.

Powder room ideas to steal from artist Meg Biram's sexy hotel bathroom

What are some upgrades anyone can do, especially if they can’t fully remodel?

Don’t underestimate what a bucket of paint can do, especially if you go all the way with it. Paint the ceiling and the baseboards too!

Find the things in the room that feel like eyesores to you that you can actually change, and do what you can to change them. If you hate your floor but you are in a rental, then rugs are your new best friend. Do what you can instead of living with something you hate forever. You can always paint over paint, so don’t be afraid of it.

“Bathrooms” and “photogenic” don’t always go together, but you made it happen. Tips for pulling it off?

Pay attention to the details. I had to convince my husband that painting the baseboards was the right decision, but it really takes the room to another level. Everything down to the trash can is something I want to look at—that’s why it’s photogenic! A toilet might be ugly, but a toilet with a cool paint color behind it, art above it, and a vase with a plant will automatically take your eye off the toilet and onto everything else.

This interview has been edited and condensed. All photos by Meg Biram.

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