June 04, 2013

Image copyright: Sharon Risedorph Photography

Designers get very excited about working on a powder room. Why? It’s the smallest room in the house, surely it must be less important than, say, a living room. Well, it turns out that many clients will be fairly conservative when considering the style options for a main room in the house whereas they are willing to take risks with a powder room. 

Risk often equates fun. 

In my last post I took a look at mirrors, and the many ways that designers like to play with them. This time, let’s take a look at some of the approaches that designers take when they are considering how to create a big impact in a small space.

–       A simple approach: paint.

–       A statement mirror can literally create the entire room.

–       For those of us who want to make a quick change in our own homes, flowers are the way to go.

–       Never underestimate the power of a light fixture.

–       Starting from the ground-up? It’s literally just a question of taste.

Okay, so what do these strategies look like in the hands of a designer? Let’s take a tour. 

These designers are making brave choices with paint and I love the result. The stripes create a strong statement that feels contemporary yet fun. A saturated color, like the blue below.

I love the powerful presence of an amazing mirror. If you simply make the choice to not go with a rectangle then check out how unique it makes your powder room feel.

This is a simple one: keep fresh flowers in your powder room. Immediately you get the sense of the care and attention paid to detail – not to mention the charm of something living.

A large-scale light fixture in a small-scale space is a favorite trick for designers to generate excitement as soon as you open the door. I utterly adore the capiz chandelier from for exactly this kind of thing. 

If you have every redone your powder room, and you’re proud of the risks you took, please take a moment to share with me what you did to give this little room a lot of oomph.

Written by Catherine Holliss

Interior Design Blog Writer,, LLC

Director of Interior Design, Sander Architects LLC.  

Image copyright:

"Paint" L-R Emily Elizabeth Design; Emily Elizabeth Design; Karla Aston | Interior Design

"Mirrors" L-R Lisa Rubenstein | Real Rooms Design; Alessandra Branca; 

"Flowers" L-R Suite 102, Del Mar; Ashli of MiniManorBlog; 

"Light Fixture" L-R  Toronto Interior Designer Jacqueline Glass and Associates; Stephanie Marsh Fillbrandt; House Beautiful via Knotting Hill Interiors

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