THE POWDER ROOM: WHEN THE SMALLEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE MAKES THE BIGGEST IMPACT

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 kouboo.com 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, Kouboo.com, 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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