Monday, March 28, 2011

{10 tips for a perfect powder room}

The powder room. The ONE place in your home that allows your guests to shut the door and really take in your decor and style without you watching them. The one place they probably have a little snoop around before exiting. Why not make it perfection?

I've come up with 10 helpful tips that I have learned or picked up here and there, along with some photographic evidence to make you swoon! I have to confess, I have powder room envy ... my current home doesn't have one so in my next home I plan to go NUTS on my very first powder room :)

1. Don't feel restrained by your current decor or color scheme
Even if your home decor is fairly restrained and conservative, the one place where you can use the 'wild card' and go a little crazy is the powder room! This little jewel box can really pack a punch and wow your guests.


2. Don't worry about the amount of lighting
Chances are that no one will be using your powder to do up their whole make-up routine! For a mere powdering of the nose, great lighting isn't totally necessary. So get creative with pretty rather than functional fixtures, and sconces are always a winner in these small spaces!


3. Paneling adds architectural detail
I love the idea of panels or wainscotting for a few reasons: the architectural detail, the brightness {often white} that it can bring, the fact that you can splurge on an expensive wallcovering if the paneling takes up the lower half of your walls, and finally the fact that it can lengthen the life of your expensive wallpaper by prevented it from getting splashed with water if panels are placed directly behind the sink.



4. Go bold with your wallcoverings
If there is a bold print you are dying to try, this is the room to do it! It's a small enough space that you can try things that may be overwhelming on a bigger scale.



5. Use a vanity that is more furniture-like than bathroom-like
Consider refitting a vintage piece with a sink for a glam look, or customize a big box find with fabulous hardware or paint.


6. Keep clutter at bay
Keep the counter top fairly clutter free {as there usually isn't much space}. Having said that, treating your guests to hand cream, perfume, or pretty towels is always appreciated! If you have the space for it, a decorative tray will always keep things looking neat and organized.


7. Hang beautiful artwork
Even though it may seem that you are hiding them away, they will surely be a delightful and sophisticated touch to any one who discovers them.


8. Pick a unique mirror
The powder room mirror doesn't have to be entirely functional, so you can have the flexibility to choose something with an odd shape or vintage patina. Eye catching is the main criteria!


9. Choose flooring that helps your space look bigger than it is
If you can't extend the flooring that is within the rest of your home into your powder room, trick the eye with long tiles laid in a subway pattern, or if your using square tiles simply lay them diagonally in a diamond shape pattern to widen your space.



10. Fresh cut flowers makes every guest happy!
If you're entertaining, picking up a few blossoms makes all the difference in this little space. Alternatively you can use an oil diffuser to help your powder room smell as good as it looks.



Bottom line? Make a statement that is bold, beautiful and creative that your guests will not soon forget!




23 comments:

Ann said...

Nice tips...
Love the first and fourth one...
makes decorating the powder room
so much fun ♥

Miss Walker said...

Great tips! Miss Walker xoxo

David Toms said...

all rules to live by if I had a powder room! And If I did I am now spoilt for ideas!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Good tips. Ok, my powder room sadly looks like none of those photos. Sigh...

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I LOVED this post- obsessed with all of the wallpaper - so gorgeous. I so so want to do something dramatic in my main bathroom...thank you for all of the inspiration and your tips, bang on my dear. Fabulous.

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

i love bold powder rooms!

Ms.Cupcake said...

lovely inspiring post Nancy! Thank you! LOVE all the wall papers...so pretty!

christine, just bella said...

I love all the boldness in these powder rooms. Perfect timing too, we're thinking of updating our powder room soon and this was the perfect inspiration - thank you!

theLENNOXX said...

Oh Nancy what a fantastic post! I love each and every tip,and I totally agree that bold is best for the powder room! I want a powder room too =D

xo Linda

Nuha said...

So so gorgeous! I think the bathroom/powder room is the only room I wouldn't mind covering head to toe in wall paper. Now if only I could buy a house...

xoxo

cat said...

Jeffers is to die for isn't he. I spent a good deal of time going thru his portfolio. You can see how his taste has developed over the years and his acceptable budget for his work. Gorgeous though, not run of the mill at all.
Cat
PS: i have got to post my bathroom with the striped tub!

Brandi said...

such great tips! I have powder room envy too. We have a smallish bath in our hall that guests use though. We'll be redoing it next year and I hope to go bold in there too!

Kathysue said...

Nancy I agree ten-fold!!! I use to tell my clients the bathroom should be the best dressed room in the house!! Bathrooms are actually my favorite rooms to design. I love to make them special and like a wonderful jewel box!!!! Great images and wonderful examples and tips. Happy Monday,Kathysue

Diane said...

These are great tips...I especially like the idea of using a bold wallpaper in this room. Splurging on beautiful and unique hardware like those we offer at martin pierce is also a great way to add personality without breaking the budget

lisaroyhandbags said...

These are such great examples! And every one of them has the most amazing bold wallpaper! ok... I really need to give mine a bit of attention :)

Ann said...

We are in the midst of redoing our guest bathroom now, but I read your post in time to avail myself of at least half of your tips. Thank you for taking the time to prepare such a practical and helpful list.

erika @ small shop said...

Great images! Trying to figure out what to do with our powder room. So tough! These images are definitely inspiration.

The Simply Inspired Home said...

Oh, those are some great tips for readers. I love all the photos you chose too. I went sort of bold in our new powder room makeover, but I still kept the flow in our house too. This is the link to the post if you want to check it out. It could be helpful to someone.

Thanks for taking the time to do up such a great post!

Jodi (The Simply Inspired Home)

The Simply Inspired Home said...

May be I should put the link.. it's been a really long day.

http://simplyinspiredhome.com/2011/03/finally-my-powder-room-is-finished/

Hope that works.

designchic said...

Such great tips...absolutely in love with the Jay Jeffers bath!!

Jenica said...

I am DYING over the gorgeous light in number 3. DYING. so gorgeous.

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Plain and simple! I like your work!

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