1. EMBRACE BOLD FLORALS
'Wallpaper has the magical ability to transform any space,' says Jamie Watkins, of Divine Savages. 'Bringing bold color and pattern into a potentially boring space that serves to be practical and functional, such as a downstairs loo or powder room, can work wonders. This is a room likely to be visited by all your guests so put your best foot forward and don’t scrimp on style.
2. OOZE AN INDUSTRIAL VIBE
Take style direction from trendy hotels and work a cool industrial feel in your powder room. This black and white bathroom idea, shot by Gavin Smith in the home of Sommer Pyne (@housecurious), is a lovely example.
3. MIX WALL AND FLOOR PRINTS
A powder room is the perfect room to embrace maximalist style - somewhere you can really go all-out with print. This beautiful space by Zoe Feldman Design shows how you can mix dramatic prints on both the walls and floors for a cozy and inviting powder room.
4. ADD OVERSIZED ART FOR VISUAL INTEREST
Art is a powerful visual tool that helps to bring any room to life with personality and depth. We love how the cool oversized black and white print in the room above by interior designer Raili Clasen works to add an edge to the pretty florals. Adding art is also a great budget small bathroom idea, an affordable way to create dimension and add that extra level of wow-factor.
5. INTRODUCE A STATEMENT SINK
The powder room is the place to experiment with colorful sanitaryware. Picking out an accent color from a patterned wallpaper is a great way to add cohesion - as well as energy - to the space.
6. PLAY WITH HEIGHT AND PROPORTION
It's not uncommon to be faced with awkward shapes and sizes for powder rooms. But, don't panic, you use your decor scheme to redress the balance.
7. CHOOSE DARK HUES FOR DRAMATIC EFFECT
Rich or dark colors have the effect of adding drama to a space, and creating a really cozy space. Another element that will add a refined and cozy look to a powder room is wall paneling; deep colors combined with paneling are an interiors match made in heaven.
8. CREATE A SENSE OF GLAMOR WITH METALLIC ACCENTS
From your towel handle to your taps, mirrors, and wall lights, go for gold or brass to really add an element of glamor that a powder room should evoke.
9. ENHANCE THE SPACE WITH A BRIGHT VANITY UNIT
We've established that a powder room is the perfect place to get creative with your bathroom color ideas - and this doesn't just have to be on the walls.
10. GO TONAL FOR AN ELEGANT LOOK
If you're more into minimalist style, keep the tones monochrome for a refined finish. 'In tight spaces it can be really elegant to keep things simple, with a restrained palette of one or two shades - a single tone can have a calming effect,' says Tom Cox, of HÁM Interiors.
WHAT SHOULD YOU HAVE IN A POWDER ROOM?
As powder rooms are often used for a quick makeup makeover, there should be good bathroom lighting and easy-to-access mirrors.