Powder Room – The Little Bathroom That Could

As the good old saying goes: never judge a book by its cover.

And in our case, never judge the bathroom by its size. Your home’s powder room allows you to show off your style without the hassle of a tub or shower. And the sweetest perk: the smaller sized room means your renovations will likely be smaller in price. More power to the powder room!

Modern Powder Room by Birmingham Interior Designers & Decorators AMW Design Studio

To Wallpaper, or not to Wallpaper?

…and that is always the question. When it comes to dolling up your powder room walls, finding the right color, pattern and amount of wallpaper to use can overwhelm you with choices.

Go with a darker wallpaper color to fill an accent wall – think a warm olive or a rich burgundy color. Or cover the wall with a design that shows character without coming off as overpowering. These photos demonstrate how wall color can really enliven a room. Remember, different types and uses of wallpaper can transform the mood of the space.

Midcentury Powder Room by San Jose General Contractors Flegel’s Construction Co., Inc.
Powder Room

Light Mood

You don’t want to give your guests a deer in headlights experience, but you also don’t want the lighting to be so low that they can’t see anything.

Create a dreamy, soft feel by using select yet targeted lighting. Wall scones can flank your mirror. Complement wall lights with a small standing lamp, which you can place on the sink, counter, or mounted shelf.

Dare to be different? A small chandelier can add a touch of elegance to the bathroom. Let the crystals shimmer from the natural light shining through your bathroom window, and admire the dazzling pattern that reflects onto the walls.

Transitional Powder Room by Chicago Photographers Marcel Page Photography
Traditional Bathroom by Sacramento Interior Designers & Decorators Kerrie L. Kelly

Powder Room Staples

The vanity, sink and mirror are all powder room staples. What you do with them is up to you.

A tall sink without the clunk of the storage below takes up less ground space. On the flip side, there’s never any harm in extra storage. A vanity with open cabinets gives you storage space you might need without closing off open space. A bowl sink with the faucet that screws into the wall also creates an open feel.

Mirrors naturally open the room and are a necessity for checking your reflection before stepping out of the powder room.

Traditional Powder Room by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators LORRAINE G VALE, Allied ASID

Consider the mirror’s position: do you want the mirror to reflect your accent wall? How thick do you want the mirror’s frame to be? Thicker and bolder frames can close in the room and ground the design. But, just as stylish, a frameless mirror is a streamlined accent that doesn’t overwhelm existing wall décor. There’s no wrong choice!

Contemporary Bathroom by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Remodelers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

What is your favorite feature of a powder room? Tell us in the comments section!

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