The Power of the Powder Room: Remodeling Ideas for Your Maryland or DC Home
Never underestimate the impact of a well-designed and decorated powder room. They may be small, but they are mighty. It might be easy to overlook; after all, it’s not nearly as impressive and luxurious as a full bath – right? Wrong!
The powder room is packed with potential, and all it takes is a bold vision and a few changes here and there to make a grand statement.
While most people want their bathrooms to be luxurious, Zen, and spa-like, this is usually the realm of master bathrooms. Since powder rooms typically aren’t a place where you spend most of your time, it’s okay to get a little wild and crazy with your design. Think compact – with impact.
A powder room remodel is an easy way to get creative with your home décor. The trick with small bathrooms is to pick one element and make it your focal point. Then, use the rest of the room’s components to accent the main design feature. By highlighting and complementing a single element, you can keep even the tiniest of powder rooms from getting overwhelmed. Here are just a few ideas to jumpstart your imagination.
Maybe you think that a tiny space like a powder room might be overwhelmed by bold style choices. Not so! Although patterns, prints, and loud colors do have a reputation for smothering small spaces, we feel that this is a somewhat unfair assessment. You can make bold style choices in a smaller space and still have it look proportional.
Choose wallpapers with large prints over small. Tiny designs, even subtle ones, can end up creating a dizzying optical illusion. Bright hues will make your space pop, even more so when they’re accented with light cabinetry and linens. Even dark tones like midnight blue or black can suit your powder room, provided the space is well-lit. Dark colors look great with light contrasting trim.
Let There Be Light
If you want to add a little glitz and glamor to your powder room, choose a stylish lighting fixture. For a classical look, over-mirror lighting is always a favorite, and you can never go wrong with wall sconces on either side of the mirror. For a more flamboyant look, a tiny chandelier may be just the ticket, or maybe an elegant vintage drop light. You may want to compliment your dramatic lighting features with a pared-down color palette, or else the look might tend towards kitsch. Let your light fixture be the focal point, and accessorize with subtle but luxurious elements for a polished look.
On the subject of focal points, why not let your sink speak for itself? To give your powder room that wow factor, you may want to choose a vessel sink. Unlike traditional sinks, which are set into the vanity, the basin of a vessel sink rests directly atop the cabinet. While not practical for kitchens, they strike a perfect balance of decorative and functional for an infrequently-used powder room. Plus, vessel sinks come in countless different shapes, sizes, and styles. From traditional to modern, sleek to embellished, you’re sure to find the perfect look to suit your style sensibilities.
What could be a better focal point than your mirror? This is usually the largest design component in the room, so it only makes sense that the occupant would fixate on it. There are mirrors for every style and taste, from unique geometric shapes and crisp industrial trim to ornate, vintage frames, and elegant beveled edges. Plus, mirrors are great for bouncing light, both natural and artificial. The more reflective surfaces your mirror has, the brighter it will shine from every angle.
Make sure to accent your style with your choice of fixtures. Faucets, towel racks, cabinet knobs and handles – these little details all contribute to the polished, cohesive look of your powder room. Add a sprinkling of accessories for a glam finish. Candles, potted plants, and small decorative vases make lovely final touches.
Now that you have a few ideas about where to start, it’s time to think about your own powder room. Imagine your vision for the space. Whatever that vision looks like, the design-build team at Winthorpe would love to help you bring it to life. With years of experience and a passion for design, we know how to build bathrooms right. Connect with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.