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Posh Powder Rooms: Big Design for Small Spaces

Powder rooms, originally created as a place for noblemen to freshen their wigs, have transformed into the perfect place to experiment with design. These small spaces can act as mini-showrooms, giving you carte blanche to take risks on a smaller scale, and without worrying about steam from a shower or bath affecting your choices. 

Through the expressive use of color, pattern, and a keen eye for detail, you can make these small spaces interesting by combining unexpected elements and materials that go beyond functional features. The only rule is to get as creative as possible!

Here are some ways to add some design pow to the powder room! 

Wow with Wallpaper 

A smaller space is the perfect spot to add bold pattern. Whether it's just one feature wall or the entire room, wallpaper is a major style statement, especially with so many amazing prints available in both traditional and peel and stick formulas. Try trending patterns like oversized botanicals, organic shapes, or metallics.  

The Power of Paint

C2 Paint Aperture

Rich paint color is an impactful, inexpensive and easy way to transform this (or any) room. From calming blues to enveloping deep tones like Raku and dramatic blacks like Aperture (shown above), this is your opportunity to try any color without the stress of it being in a large, visible area. Pair with your favorite wallpaper and let it provide ongoing inspiration.  


Totally On-Trend Tile

Like wallpaper, there are copious options for tile, from raw materials to dramatic designs. We love the @cletile clé calacatta viola, which features beautiful contrasting stones that are non-uniform in size. Trend Alert: Choose a wider grout line to draw attention to the details while showcasing each unique shape!⁠

Mirror, Mirror

With limited space, the mirror will become one of the main focal points, adding a feeling of expansiveness and style. Organic shapes are popular, alongside warmer burnished gold frames and chiseled or hand-tooled detailing. We're loving this Brassy Gold Organik mirror by EthnikLiving.

DIY Wainscotting

Adding a traditional accent like wainscotting instantly amps up the professional design element and adds sophistication and detail. It's also a great way to introduce bold color or a natural wood element. The simpler styles can be an easy - and transformative - weekend DIY project. 

Ba Bling

Between mirrors and hardware, it’s easy to add reflection, sparkle and shine. While chrome is still popular, try bronze or brass for instant glam. You can even try wallpaper with metallic accents or even a glam chandelier! Image via @cherish.

Fancy Flooring

Less square footage means this is a prime opportunity to splurge. Designs that might be overwhelming in larger spaces are often a perfect fit for powder room floor tile. This room will likely see a lot of foot traffic. Ceramic tile is an ideal option to ensure your flooring’s longevity while also making a design impact. Patterns with detail in stone, clay, or cement also bring the floor to life; just note to seal anything porous first!  Image by @whytile

Lovely Lighting 

Add elegance and symmetry with wall sconces like these fluted glass ones from Shades of Light. It’s another way to add color, shine, and detail–and the choices are endless.

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