A small-scale space like a powder room is the perfect place to experiment with big and bold style. Wow your guests with arresting wallpaper, bold paint, walls of tile and out-of-this world accessories.
By Karli Sanders
This powder room by Andreea Avram Rusu manages to be both modern and romantic. The various shades of rose in the tile soften the industrial vibe given off by the concrete sink and stainless steel toilet.
RMS user gdeancooper used the same tiles on the floor and wall to create the illusion of length in this teeny powder room. The sink, vanity and faucet are all made of glass resulting in showstopping fixtures.
Sometimes a simple color palette and some mod fixtures can create a statement. Andreas Charalambous uses an oval mirror, porcelain sink and wall-mounted fixtures to create a minimalist sanctuary.
The wallpaper in this powder room might make you forget what you went in there for. An unusual impressionist feel along with a basin sink create a room guests will be talking about for days.
A smart structure like this innovative sink makes the most of a tiny half bath. A small glass “counter” provides a home for bathroom essentials while a ring around the sink’s plumbing acts as a towel rack.
Show It Off
RMS user vickiborn turned her windowless powder room into a sexy showroom. Accent lighting in the shadow box cutouts shows off smartly chosen accessories, while a hammered-out copper sink and stone walls provide plenty of visual interest.
Wow ‘Em With Wainscot
Traditional stylings can be just as stunning as neon wallpapers and sleek, modern fixtures. A galley-style powder room makes a statement by playing up its architectural flaws rather than hiding them. Black, checkered tile and wainscoting draw the eye down the long, potentially awkward space toward the vanity and mirror.
The faux treatment on this powder room’s walls give it the look of a 17th-century French chateau. Simple techniques and unique accessories can give your half bath the royal treatment — even if you live in an apartment in Cleveland.
By tiling the wall behind the sink, Andreas Charalambous creates visual interest without overwhelming those lucky enough to visit this mosaicked powder room. Small object boxes, reflected in the mirror, are an efficient way to display treasures in a small space.
Feel free to experiment with bold prints and deep colors in your powder room. If you don’t like it, you don’t have a lot of space to re-cover. Move on to the next color or print that tickles your fancy and keep your houseguests guessing.
Exposed brick, a stone sink and a marble counter harken back to a time before Formica and wallpaper. The metal mirror and light fixtures add modern sensibility to this powder room.
RMS user lauriemichelle turned her everyday powder room into something extraordinary by simply adding a large, gold mirror. A room with a giant accessory like this doesn’t need floral wallpaper or faux finishes to stand out.
Light and Airy
The details are what makes this ethereal powder room stand out. RMS user GAUDYAUD mixes olive-green walls with whimsical accessories to brighten up a windowless room.
Gold accents, red walls, soft lighting and a travertine countertop make this powder room fitting for an Old Hollywood starlet. Kim Smart’s delicate embellishments and ornate accessory choices create a most impressive space.
Forget paint and wallpaper — Joseph Pubillones knows how to make a statement by covering all of the walls in this powder room with tiles. Bonus: They are so easy to clean. The floating vanity and faucet add major style points.
Sometimes all you need is one bright color to make your powder room pop. This super-skinny half bath becomes the center of attention when Ackerman Interiors adds a coat of zesty canary yellow.
Prim and Proper
Trish Beaudet uses a counter-to-ceiling mirror and a dark and bold wallcovering to make this tiny half bath seem larger than life. By extending the counter space over the toilet, she creates more storage and a clever way to partially shield the commode.
Vanessa DeLeon made a simple brown and white color palette stand out by creating a random pattern with the tile, using a floating vanity and choosing not to mount the mirror on the wall.
HGTV. Make a Statement in Your Powder Room, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtv.com/on-tv/textured-powder-room/pictures/index.html (Page consulted on September 26 2011)