Our Powder Room Ideas / by Sharon Blaustein

A powder room is one of those rooms in your house that are private, but not really... Visitors will see the inside when they're in your home, but it isn't a room that needs to necessarily go with the rest of the decor. It’s a great space in the house where you can feel free to show off and have a little fun! 

No matter the size of the room, you can get it decorated and make a statement where it really matters.

Here are some decorating ideas to help inspire you and make your powder room shine!

Bring Your Walls to Life

If you're a regular reader of our blog, you know that we're big fans of wallpaper! The truth is, there is a never-ending variety of wallpapers you can choose from, it's all a question of what impression you want to make. For a glamorous, unique, and super luxury look, you could go with something like this Mother of Pearl wallpaper, which is made using genuine seashells by Maya Romanoff. It's got texture, iridescence and a cool backstory! 

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Another fun and relevant wallpaper (wink wink) is this lovely textured pattern Yesterday’s News made by Innovations USA. This material comes in a variety of shades, and is made with recycled newspaper. So the statement that you'll be making is not only one-of-a-kind, it's also sustainable! 

 We love the dignified effect that the unique block pattern of this wallpaper gives to this home office, but we think it would also work great in the close quarters of a powder room! 

We love the dignified effect that the unique block pattern of this wallpaper gives to this home office, but we think it would also work great in the close quarters of a powder room! 

If you want to go really funky go with something bold and colorful like this Cocobolo print from Flavor Paper. It's designed by San Francisco artist Rex Ray who was famed for using psychedelic color palettes and a retro aesthetic. This exciting pattern leaves a lot open to interpretation, and would definitely be something you could get lost in contemplation over! 

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Sink or Swim

While powder rooms are often times one of the smallest rooms in the house, we think that if you have the space, investing in a nontraditional sink is a great time to take a risk and try something different. Imagine as though you're designing your dream powder room. It can express whatever you would like, the important thing is to have go with whatever style appeals to you, whether that is modern, vintage, or totally unique! 

 We loved designing this powder room, the basin sink surrounded by beautiful wood wall tiles result in a tranquil, almost zen effect. Bathroom designed by ODA Architecture

We loved designing this powder room, the basin sink surrounded by beautiful wood wall tiles result in a tranquil, almost zen effect. Bathroom designed by ODA Architecture

This powder room in an updated Colonial home below ties together all of these elements, using a deep basin sink with a subtly-patterned wallpaper. We also installed the hardware directly into the wall, which combined with the dark wood completes the overall modern effect.

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Here's another example of a sleek and contemporary powder room inspiration, this freestanding pedestal sink by Blu Bathworks would definitely make a memorable impression! 

 We love the geometries at play in this powder room. Photo courtesy of Blu Bathworks.

We love the geometries at play in this powder room. Photo courtesy of Blu Bathworks.

Let Your Lights Be Brilliant

Another fixture that you can take this opportunity to go a little off the wall is with the light sources that you select. Powder rooms can make a great home for that quirky chandelier you couldn't live without, or to bring in a statement ceiling light that ties the rest of the room together. 

 The chevron tiles in this powder room and natural stone panels give it a refined vintage look, which is complemented by the globe lighting fixtures. Design by ODA Architecture

The chevron tiles in this powder room and natural stone panels give it a refined vintage look, which is complemented by the globe lighting fixtures. Design by ODA Architecture

 It may look like a mermaid's dream but this powder room is actually located in a Manhattan home, designed by Michael S. Smith and featuring a lantern by  Paul Marra Design

It may look like a mermaid's dream but this powder room is actually located in a Manhattan home, designed by Michael S. Smith and featuring a lantern by Paul Marra Design

Feeling inspired and ready to dive into renovating your powder room? We wish you all the luck in bringing your vision to life, and of course feel free to contact us with any design questions!