ondering what a powder room is? Allow me to elaborate! Typically, it’s the half bathroom located on the first floor of a house near the entrance or front foyer. Since it’s the main bathroom used by guests when entertaining for a brief visit, it does not require a shower or tub. This means it’s usually smaller than the other bathrooms in the house.
It’s these qualities that make a powder room the perfect space to let your personality shine through. It’s small size means it will cost less to design than other rooms in your home because you won’t need large quantities for anything. So, in my opinion, it’s the prefect place to take some chances in, wow your guests, and make your statement!
My favorite areas to go bold in the powder room are on the walls and floors. Since you don’t need to worry about steam and humidity from a bath or shower, I recommend trying a fabulous wallcovering. There are so many fantastic, unique wallcoverings these days. You can find everything from grass woven textures, suedes or leathers, mother of pearl....you name it, it can be found in a wallcovering! The top wallpaper companies are always coming out with new, exciting patterns. Each time I shop for client’s wallpaper, I’m always delighted at the new designs and textures I find. There are papers with flocking, crystals, historical painting reproductions, stone look-a–likes, etc....we’re talking some serious eye candy! For a unique twist, try painting the ceiling with a matching color from a wallcovering, or you can even use a coordinating wallpaper on the ceiling. This is one of my favorite design techniques.
Selecting an eye-catching floor tile is also a great place to express your personality in your powder room. Try a marble mosaic in a geometric pattern or a popular herringbone pattern. Wood flooring can also be used, although leaks/overflows from the sink or toilet could potentially damage a wood floor so I’m less likely to recommend wood floors for a bathroom. If you love the look of wood, but don’t want the maintenance or worry of damage, try a “wood-look” tile. These tiles look just like wood and come in a huge variety of colors and sizes without the upkeep of real wood.
Go bold in your powder room with unique and exciting wallpaper and flooring!
I designed this floating vanity which really opens up the space and allows for some needed storage.
Staying consistent with your finishes helps to make your powder room statement cohesive!
A bold light, fabulous sconces, or stunning mini-chandelier will also add to your powder room wow factor. Planning for lighting is always super important. If you have the space, a great look is to install a pair of beautiful sconces on either side of the mirror. You can also add a beautiful ceiling fixture that matches for additional lighting if necessary. Lights can always be put on dimmers, so my rule of thumb is to install more lighting rather than less.
Other items in the powder room that are great to make a statement with are the sink, vanity & faucet, and of course the accessories! A wall mounted faucet is a unique and modern option. I personally love the look of a wall mounted faucet. A few things to keep in mind with wall mounts though: it will be a bit more expensive to install and it needs to be used with the appropriate sink to avoid water splashing when turned on. I also love the modern look of a wall mounted, or "floating" vanity. This type of vanity really opens up the space and also allows you to see the floor underneath it. When you mount the vanity on the wall, you may need to reinforce the wall behind the sheetrock for extra support. Having a vanity will give you a bit of storage for extra toilet paper, tissues, hand soap & towels...always a welcome feature in a bathroom!
Lastly, make sure the accessories coordinate with all the other items in your powder room and are part of your “statement”. The mirror can have a fabulous frame in a coordinating color. The towel bar, toilet paper holder & and hand towels should also all tie in with the statement colors and/or patterns. And don’t forget a nice smelling hand soap and lotion in pretty containers that guests will definitely appreciate☺
I hope you found this post helpful and inspiring! Let me know in my comments section below and if you still have any burning design questions, let me know those too. I will try to answer them as soon as possible.