If your home has a half bath on the main floor, off a living, a dining or other high traffic area, you have a powder room. Actual powdering used to take place inside powder rooms, where servants powdered aristocratic wigs in privacy, but now the rooms are used as guest restrooms. Make the most of the powder room’s high visibility by decorating it with an evocative, high-impact theme which reflects your general design philosophy.
Since powder rooms are often on the small side, color is the most straightforward way to create a strong visual impact and to keep things looking cohesive. Envelope your guests in a single color on the walls to create a warm, intimate effect in your powder room; go a step further and paint the ceiling a slightly darker tone. Use an assortment of related colors in the same family to create depth and visual interest. An all-white bathroom looks effortlessly clean and airy; an all blue bath relaxes; a red room energizes. If a one-color scheme doesn’t excite you, consider a two-color scheme, such as classic black and white.
Location Based Themes
If your home in located in an area with a particular personality, such as the in the country, on a beach or the lake or in an otherwise exotic or interesting locale, use that for a powder room design direction. Choose a fresh, clean and wholesome palette for a country or beach theme, such as whites, blues and blue-greens for water locations or reds and yellows for country themed powder rooms. Small square or rectangular sea glass tiles work well in beachy bathrooms, as does rattan baskets, light wood cabinets, terrycloth fabrics and brushed steel fixtures. In a country bathroom, use wrought iron fixtures, beadboard and faux-weathered and aged materials.
Hollywood Regency Glamour
Bring back some of that powder room luxury by referencing another luxe style of yore, Hollywood Regency style. Hallmarks of this style include the heavy use of mirrors, both framed and unframed, a generous amount of silver and gold in accessory choices, grey and red color palettes and plush fabrics such as velvet. Frame your powder room mirror with ornate gold or silver painted molding, paint the walls a deep gray and add a large chandelier for a dose of glamour.
“The Complete Half Bath”; This Old House
“Designing the Perfect Powder Room”; Kohler
“A Thrifted Black and White Half Bath”; Apartment Therapy
“Monochromatic Bathrooms”; Apartment Therapy
“French Farmhouse Modern”; Apartment Therapy
“A Tranquil Beach Inspired Bathroom”; Apartment Therapy