Make an Impact with a Powder Room that Pops

If there’s one room in a home that tends to get ignored, with little thought put into its design, it’s the powder room. They are typically small, often no larger than a closet, and many don’t even have the luxury of a window.

Yet the powder room is one of the most frequently used rooms in any home, by both family and guests, and its jewel-box scale makes it the perfect place to get creative – dare we say downright daring – when choosing design elements.

Let the vanity take center stage

As is true in many full baths, it’s the vanity that takes center stage in a powder room. But because this “stage” is much more petite, you can opt for high-end materials and finishes that will add impact without overextending your budget.

When choosing a vanity, try stepping out of your comfort zone. If you’re typically drawn to soft neutrals, flex your creative muscles and go with something bolder, more saturated, such as a rich shade of blue as our designers did in these powder rooms. In the photo on the left, which was a collaboration with Robin’s Nest, inset brass drawer pulls add a touch of bling. In the right-hand photo, a collaboration with John De Bastiani, diamond inserts on the cabinet doors add texture. Love that marble vessel sink!

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If you’re all about white, consider a fun finish like lacquer, which adds a glossy sheen, or an unexpected shape, like this Porcelanosa vanity that Julie Lyons, senior designer at our South Shore kitchen and bath showroom, used when she renovated her own powder room. Its geometric shape is so eye-catching, as is the cantilevered installation: such a great space-saving trick!

south shore powder room designer

Sink into style

Take your powder room to the next level by topping an eye-catching vanity with a statement-making sink. A vessel sink, like the marble one we mentioned earlier, adds an instant dose of glam.

unique bathroom sinks

This miniscule powder room was added to a historic Boston brownstone during a top-to-bottom renovation. Our designer, who worked with Developer George Haroutiounian of See Real Estate on the project, paired classic marble tile with a vessel sink in a shape reminiscent of a vintage washstand bowl. It’s a unique combination that beautifully complements the home’s pedigree.

In the left-hand photo above is another round vessel sink, but with more contemporary lines. On the right is a “drop-in” sink with a higher lip than is typical of the style, which amps up the look. In the powder room shown on the left, our designer collaborated with Michelle Cortizo Interiors.

Below, our designer opted for an under-mount, backlit sink from Kohler in rose-colored glass. With the look of antique cut glass, it works beautifully in the historic home in Hingham, MA.

antique style bathroom sink

The finishing touches

Accessories really make a little black dress, and the same is true of your little powder room. Splurge on something truly special.

vessel style bathroom sink

Wall-mounted faucets, such as the ones shown above, are always an elegant addition. An ideal solution if you’re working with limited space, they leave a clean, open space between the sink and backsplash. Wall-mounted faucets work especially well when paired with a vessel sink. The combination creates a Zen, spa-like environment. The powder room on the right was a collaboration with Michelle Cortizo Interiors.

wallpaper in bathroom

An extravagant wallpaper, such as the jungle-themed one we used above, can be cost-prohibitive in a large bathroom. The steam from a shower also makes wallpaper an impractical choice in a bathroom. The minimal wall space in a powder room keeps the expense in check and, with no concern about steam, the wallpaper will look fresh for years to come.

chandelier in bathroom

It’s the design details, like the Capiz shell chandelier and glass rosette pulls seen here in a recent Roomscapes’ project, that make a powder room shine!

Ready to take your powder room from basic to beautiful? Please contact us to arrange a complimentary design consultation.