Powder Bathroom

July 20th, 2017

Today on the blog we are talking about powder bathrooms! A powder bathroom, more formally known as a half bathroom, is a small bathroom consisting of a toilet and sink. It has been said that the name “powder bathroom” comes from the fact that women have used these bathrooms for many years to powder their noses. While that may or may not be the case, when it comes to powder bathrooms in a home they are primarily used by guests or out of convenience (perhaps you may have a half bathroom off of your kitchen). Powder bathrooms are actually some of my favorite rooms to design in a home because it really is a chance to go bold and take a risk. When it comes to full bathrooms, like a master bath for example, there are so many other elements that come into play. Here we have to think of things like storage, practicality, and flow, to name a few. A master bath is also something that gets used a LOT. Daily, if not multiple times a day. A powder bathroom is used more occasionally, so taking a design risk is much more of a safe bet.

I like to think of powder bathrooms as a little gem inside of a home, a jewel box of sorts. I really like to have fun with the design here and make what could otherwise be a forgotten aspect of a home into a little treasure. At the end of the day, all you really need in your powder bathroom is a sink, a toilet, a hand towel, and a place to store a few extra rolls of toilet paper. The rest is a chance to have fun with design. Here are a few ways I like to take a powder bathroom from plain to Pinterest worthy:


The vanity is where the sink element of the powder bathroom comes into play. A vanity is generally categorized by having a storage or cabinet element, rather than simply a pedestal sink. While a pedestal sink is a good option in some cases, a vanity makes more of a design impact and provides a useful amount of storage. Opting for a floating vanity is a modern approach when it comes to your sink. Oh and don’t worry, the vanity isn’t ACTUALLY floating – it’s mounted to the wall!


Tile, tile, tile. This choice might be my contractor’s nightmare but it truly is a rather simple way to make a huge design impact. One of my favorite powder bathrooms of all time features floor to ceiling red tile on all of the walls! The beauty of this though is that you can really customize it to your own personal taste. If wall to wall red is a bit much for you, opt for a classic choice like beveled subway tile which will also add a textural element to the wall. Still not sold? Taking a backsplash all the way up to the ceiling on a vanity wall can work well, too.


While wallpaper might seem like too much of a commitment for an entire room, it is a perfect choice for a powder bathroom. Chances are, you will only use it on occasion, so you won’t tire of a bold pattern or a lush floral print. So, take the risk! You may just surprise yourself. Chances are, you’ll end up loving your little gem so much that you find yourself going out of your way to use your powder bathroom.


We have been seeing a lot of printed tile floors lately. While they are gorgeous, understandably, some people are a bit leery when it comes to an entire kitchen of printed tile floors. Powder bathroom to the rescue again! You can have that beautiful design element that you are lusting after, without fear that you will regret it on such a large scale.  Printed tiles also come in a variety of patterns and color palettes – from neutral hues to bold colors to large scale prints and smaller patterns, you can surely find one that sings to your heart.

The moral of the story? Have fun with it! Life is too short not to take the design risk! After all, that’s what I am here for, to ensure my clients are guided, and sometimes stretched, in their design choices. Thank you so much for sticking around my little corner of the internet. I am having so much fun breathing life into the blog again. If there is anything specific you want to see from me, be sure to shoot me an email or leave a comment on my Instagram page. Until next time!

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