Breaking the Rules: Powder Rooms with Personality

Breaking the Rules: Powder Rooms with Personality

The often-overlooked powder room is actually an excellent place to break some design rules. People only spend a few minutes in the space and there’s less emphasis on functional aspects or the cohesiveness of the design in conjunction with a bedroom like in a master bathroom. Instead, it's an opportunity to make a statement since it can stand alone. That lifelong obsession with fuchsia, a love for metallics or an unfulfilled desire to go wild with moody, inky hues, let it loose. Powder rooms are a place to reflect your personality in a fun, artistic way. When designing a powder room you'll need to consider these elements:

Color Scheme: 

A lot of people are afraid to opt for dark or bright colors because the powder room is typically a tiny space. However, it’s a hidden gem where a design aesthetic that may not work in a master bath can come to life. The possibilities are endless! Afraid you’ll get sick of a saturated hue? The limited time spent in the space prevents this. 

Due to a powder room’s lack of humidity and its relatively small square footage, wallpaper is one of our favorite options. Dramatic wallpaper in a funky print can be enchanting. Or, you can add interest by painting it a vivid color or using elaborate stencil patterns or unique tile designs.

 
Southwestern powder room with grasscloth wallpaper and a custom sink

Southwestern powder room with grasscloth wallpaper and a custom sink

 
 
Distressed black cabinets with purple glass knobs against a tile wall

Distressed black cabinets with purple glass knobs against a tile wall

 

Toilet, Sink, Fixtures and Furniture: 

The toilet, sink, fixtures and hardware selections are usually dictated by the size of your powder room. A space-saving pedestal sink works perfectly in a small area. If you have more room, a vanity will provide storage or a piece of furniture can be customized to achieve a one-of-a-kind look.

A before shot of the powder room

A before shot of the powder room

Chest with drawers from Century Furniture, which was converted into a custom vanity

Chest with drawers from Century Furniture, which was converted into a custom vanity

Our client wanted a traditional and luxurious powder room with toile wallpaper and accents in red, her favorite color

Our client wanted a traditional and luxurious powder room with toile wallpaper and accents in red, her favorite color

Accessories:

Custom towels designed by Ella Design Group

Custom towels designed by Ella Design Group

Accessories make the room. Plush hand towels, cozy rugs, pretty soaps and neatly displayed amenities will tie the design together. Have a favorite piece of artwork? Hang it up! The mirror can also be a major focus in the room. Whether an ornate antique mirror or an oversized contemporary mirror, it will provide functionality, drama and a focal point.

 

Painted chartreuse ceiling and mini chandelier from Schoenbeck

Painted chartreuse ceiling and mini chandelier from Schoenbeck

Lighting:

Lighting is more flexible in a powder room than say a master bathroom. You need just enough so that guests can touch up makeup or, obviously, admire the gorgeous space and marvel at the brave design risks you took. For example, the powder room pictured to the left features a beautiful chandelier as opposed to wall lighting. 

Instead of viewing your powder room as an awkward little area, turn it into something beautiful and bold. There isn't a better spot in your home to be truly fearless in your design. What visions do you have for your powder room?