How to Pretty a Powder Room

I know what you're probably thinking right now, what in the world is a Powder Room? And don't feel bad for not knowing so because not every home is going to have a powder room, but it's more like a fancy term for a half-bath with just the sink and toilet {no shower or bath}. Some know a powder room to be a general bathroom or for women simply applying makeup. To give you a little fun background, the "powder room" terminology has been around since the 18th century, the Victorian Era. It was usually the smallest of rooms and on the first floor of a home, and its purpose was to serve the visitors to have an accessible private room. Women would use the expression “powdering their noses" as a subtle way to excuse oneself since any talk of bodily functions was frowned upon during this era. "The expression is still around today although used in a purposefully archaic manner", says Home Interior Design Themes. 

If you have a powder room in your home, then you have the potential to have a huge selling point on your property. Some people will even repurpose their closet spaces and turn them into powder rooms with a toilet and sink to add value to their home. With the right interior décor, your powder room can add thousands to the value of your home when it comes to selling! Here are some tips on how to setup the perfect powder room!

Organization

In such a small space, the minimalistic route will be the most appealing. This should only include the essentials. Start with your vanity, a toilet, a mirror, some lighting and hardware for the toilet paper and towel rack. If you want, you can even keep a small basket of toiletries for a guest to use. A shelf or two over a toilet can even dress up such an area.

Design by Jenna Sue Design Co.

Design by Jenna Sue Design Co.

CoHesiveness

When designing a powder room, you will want to make sure there is a flow, or a theme in such a small space. Basic hardware is an easy way to bring cohesiveness. Choose a fun metallic for the hardware and let it match the mirror or sconces. This can easily bring luxury and balance to your small space. If your mirror has a gold frame, use gold for all of your sink, vanity, and toiletry hardware. The polished metallic look will accentuate all the components and creating that flow within those four walls. Even using metallic frames for your artwork will give it that elegant touch! 

Brightness 

Lighting is very important when it comes to creating a cozy and inviting powder room. Start with choosing the shape of your sconces that will flatter your small space, and a bulb to bring warmth and just enough light. Many people like putting sconces in small bathrooms because it doesn't compete with all the other elements in what can seem being a crammed space. 

Design by Lucy Interior Design

Design by Lucy Interior Design

Boldness

Since this is going to be probably your biggest and easiest selling point for your home, have some fun with this small space! Wallpaper is making a comeback! The powder room is small enough to add some graphics to those limited walls! Or if you found a unique patterned tile, use that as a backsplash or have fun with the flooring! Add pops of color with the small items such as towels, or artwork. Is you're wanting more of a dramatic effect, painting your walls a deep color will do the trick!

Photo by Chris Patey, Design by Claire Thomas

Photo by Chris Patey, Design by Claire Thomas

Do you have a room you and your guests can powder their noses in? What kind of design would you want to do? 

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