June 2015

Powering up your powder room
will make a good first impression with guests.

Go big in this small room to make it the jewel box of your home.

Who doesn’t comment on a spectacular powder room when they visit friends or family? This is the bathroom to go lavish on because it’s small. Plus it doesn’t have to be practical for everyday showering, storage and hanging of damp bath towels. It doesn’t get used much, and it’s the room that almost all your guests eventually see. So why not make it dramatic and bold?

 

Walls. Paint them in bold colors and use attention-getting finishes, such as shiny lacquer or faux marble. Or use beautiful wallpaper. 

 

Sinks and faucets. Use a sink that’s unusual either because of its shape or its material, such as glass, marble, granite or metal. And consider sinks that are elevated above the vanity rather that set in.

 

The vanity. Use a piece of furniture as the vanity, maybe even an antique dressing table or bureau. Or don’t use a vanity at all. Instead go with a pedestal sink – since you don’t need storage space in the powder room!

 

Countertops. For countertops, think unique surfaces such as glass, marble, metal, concrete or select unique tile that will grab your visitors’ attention.

 

Speaking of tile. Don’t just tile the floor or countertops. Think about tiling the walls half way up or even all the way to the ceiling. Because most powder rooms are small, you can afford to go expensive on the materials you select, and sometimes you can pick up remnants for a fraction of their original cost.

 

Mirrors and lighting. No plain unframed, rectangular mirrors for a dazzling powder room. Think elaborate frames, interesting shapes and unusual sizes. And for the lighting, select something special too. 

 

Be bold when you plan your powder room look. Redecorate it to become a room with “wow” potential!