Ask the Designer— Just a Taste


MAKE A STATEMENT

This is the perfect time to use products and materials that prove too overwhelming or expensive in large quantities but are manageable on a smaller scale.

While you’re sampling a different style, remember that a powder room is the perfect place to try a trend or to use a color or product that doesn’t really work with the rest of your home.  And always remember that in this small space, every detail counts.



KEEP IT CONVENIENT

Dress the room to impress, but don’t forget your guests. Make visitors feel special when they enter this room by choosing an area to splurge on luxury. Whether a decadent wall treatment or a special vanity cabinet, be sure to create a memorable impression. More importantly, choose an item that’s a bit unexpected to elevate the intrigue.

This is ultimately a room for company, so while your guests may not be here very long, it’s more inviting if you keep it convenient.

1. Make sure there is covered or inconspicuous storage for extra toilet paper and tissue.

2. Place a coat hook on the back of the door for hanging a purse, coat, or jacket.

3. Provide rich hand soap and lotion to enhance the experience. Beautiful and coordinating dispensers are another key element.

4. Instead of a hand towel, consider more hygienic, disposable paper hand towels in a decorative tray or bowl. You can find disposable towels in a plethora of designs, or you could even order custom paper towels with your monogram.



DON’T FORGET TO LOOK UP

The ceiling in your powder room is another great place to sample something less conventional. Often overlooked, it provides plenty of stylable square footage that can completely transform the aesthetic.

Consider patterned wallpaper or a dramatic, deep, glossy paint color to accentuate the wall treatments of the room. Complement your choice with a medallion for a hanging light fixture or cove lighting around the crown moulding.



LIGHT IT UP

Seize the opportunity to use opulent light fixtures. A pair of wall sconces flanking the mirror in lieu of a light bar above will light everyone’s face in a more flattering way.

A well-chosen hanging light in this small space can make a big impact, while also providing general lighting. Using a dimmer on this light also allows you to style the ambiance of the room.