Sometimes referred to as the “she” room of the house, a powder room makeover is a great opportunity to have a lot of design and decorating fun, wowing your family and friends with the results. It’s where you can express your “design wild side,” creating something unique and unexpected or indulge design elements you wouldn’t necessarily want throughout the house – think animal prints!
Here are some great ideas and tips sure to inspire your own powder room update.
5 Tips for Designing a Beautiful Powder Room Makeover
People don’t typically spend a lot of time in the powder room, so it’s a great place to go a little crazy with colors or patterns. Whether it’s paint or wallpaper, bold patterns, mixed materials, and rich hues help you create an unpredictable look in a room without it feeling too dark or crowded. You can get the same effect with the tiling – the large subway and penny round mosaic tiles in this room share a dark grout, giving them a real pop. The pedestal sink is a touch from the past, but the oval mirror and sconces are clean and contemporary.
Want to make a grand statement in your home’s smallest room? Hanging a chandelier in the powder room adds a great dose of sparkle to the room. Key to making this look work is keeping the palette neutral and the fixture itself scaled to the room. It’s the perfect way to add high style and a little bit of glitz without overwhelming the small space. For added elegance, decorate with luxurious towels and pretty accessories.
Use a Vessel Sink
Powder room sinks are usually reserved for hand washing, so it’s a “safe” place to install a vessel sink – no shaving, teeth brushing, or face washing here. Keep in mind that the wider the vessel, the fewer the splashes. It’s a contemporary yet versatile look that guests will love.
A powder room vanity, or any other bathroom vanity for that matter, doesn’t have to be supplied by a manufacturer or cabinetry supplier. Think outside the box. Most pieces of furniture can be repurposed as stylish vanities, including blueprint cabinets, antique bureaus, desks, filing cabinets, credenzas, sideboards, buffets, consoles, or old sewing table. Selecting a piece of furniture instead of a standard vanity gives the room a nice custom and more decorated feel.
A Beautiful Reflection
Use a unique, large-scale mirror to make the room feel bigger. Framed and unframed versions work equally well – it all comes down to your personal style and taste. Framed mirrors offer a crisp, clean edge that suits any theme or color scheme. Unframed ones lend a more understated feel and a wider freedom of shape. Beveled edges add a touch of charm. And speaking of reflections, high-gloss finishes such as glass or metallics reflect natural and artificial light, brightening up even the darkest of rooms.
It’s All in the Details
Choose beautiful hardware and plumbing fixtures like modern waterfall faucets and brass accents that stand out from the typical hardware choices. Try floating shelves on the wall. Bring in finishing touches like artwork, a small sculpture, plants, and candles. Handles, hinges, and doorknobs are simple touches that can have a big impact.
Finally, think about installing a pocket door in the powder room to give you and your guests ample space in the room.
If you have a small powder room in your home and are looking to give it a makeover – or you want to give it a complete remodel – our designers can help you create a “little surprise” for you and your guests to enjoy. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about how to turn the tiniest room in your home into one of the most beautiful.
Brittany received her interior design degree in 2010 and recently earned her kitchen and bathroom certifications. She sees her job as much more than just picking out pretty colors and materials – it also involves exact measurements, plenty of planning, and determining how to have a space accurately reflect the lifestyle of its occupants.