This (below) is your basic run of the mill powder room. Seriously boring- actually painful! But, you go in quick, you get your business done and you’re out. Utilitarian, no great experience, just getting the job done. But why just ”Get by” when you can really “LIVE”. Spiffing up a powder room can be very affordable and easy due to it’s small size. It the perfect room to “LIVE LARGE” even if you don’t have the courage to go big in the rest of the house.
Virginia sweet pea
I think Powder rooms are one of my favorite rooms to design. They are usually small, cozy and you are generally only in them for a few minutes at a time. Thus you can go all out and a few minutes of appreciation a day is not long enough to get sick of anything. I think of them as the little jewel box in a house, they almost demand high drama and decadence.
Desire to inspire
The advice I have for you when thinking about Powder room design is:
1) Lighting- go crazy! An awesome chandelier looks so fun in a tiny space (if you have the ceiling height). Use a fixture over the mirror only as an absolute last resort (it makes you look like an old hag even when you’re not, highlighting all your bags and wrinkles) First choice for sconce placement is 66-68” from the floor at the sides of the mirror- lighting the sides of the face evenly.
2) If you are limited on space don’t go for the elongated toilet- get the regular/standard bowl or even an in wall or tank-less option. You can also find a plethora of ultra tiny sinks (you’re not washing your hair in it – just washing your hands, tiny is more than fine)
3) Big color or big/wild prints on wallpaper do well in a small powder room. Make the experience really fun, let your imagination run wild!
4) Don’t forget about the ceiling- does it need wall paper? How about a bright lacquered paint? Or even better, how about a mural on the walls and ceiling?
5) Storage- you need storage (under the sink, over the toilet???) Try to find somewhere to stash the basics- extra toilet paper, tampons/panty liners, room spray, dental floss, breath freshener- you get the gist.
6) A fan… preferably a loud one. You read the book ”Everybody poops” right? Well, you know where I’m going with this. When you have to do your business the last thing you want is for anyone to hear. Most people are so concerned with finding the quietest fan made - What?!? No, No, No- wrong thinking! You want loud. Now I’m not talking jet engine loud but loud enough to drown out other mild noises without driving you crazy or sounding like the house is falling in.
7) Last but not least- stay away from rugs and carpets right by the toilet (bad memories of the 1970’s with the shag toilet covers and matching toilet surround rugs). I have an eight year old son - so cute but the worst aim. We do want the room sanitary and fresh smelling.
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