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Tuesday, April 24, 2012


The powder room - it’s one of the smallest rooms in the house, but it’s also the room that typically sees the most traffic, especially when you’re entertaining guests. 

Today, the powder room is no longer just about function and picking out a basic sink and toilet. The design can be unlimited. Manufacturers make wall mounted sinks and toilets to save space and as I always preach “less is more.”
Below are some ideas of what you can do to make your powder room a modern room that is inviting.

Conventional decorating wisdom suggests that lighter colors make a small room feel bigger, so think white or gray or even taupe for your powder room. (Refer to my previous posts on color palettes, lighting, window treatments, larger bathroom ideas and flooring).

Despite the room's small size, many mechanicals must be included. A professional designer can look at the overall size of the room, take the mechanicals into account, and create a floor plan that maximizes space.

Start by looking at the rest of your house. Determine your design style and imagine how your new powder room will fit in with the rest of your home. To spark new ideas and keep you current on trends, flip through magazines or visit home improvement web sites or blogs. Articles on recent room makeovers and new bath products can help you determine which elements you want to be part of your room. Look at Pinterest, Remoldista or houzz for ideas.

 To make a powder room hospitable, accessorize. Add art to walls, arrange small vignettes on the countertops, and provide little luxuries like finely milled soaps and rich lotion for guests to use. The one thing a powder room doesn't need much of is storage. Anything a visitor needs from hand towels to extra toilet tissue should be in plain sight. So put the lights on a dimmer, light a wonderful candle, and the next time someone asks to use the bathroom tell them yes, without hesitation.

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