Usually tucked away in small spaces, powder rooms can suffer from design neglect. Yet it is precisely because we don’t spend much time in them that guest bathrooms are places we can take some design risks. Turn a utilitarian space into something far more dramatic with bold wall colours, stylish lighting and well-chosen accessories.
A dark, moody wall colour (think navy, deep purple or burgundy), offset by metallic accents in your mirror frame, faucets and drawer handles, creates a decadent, jewel-box effect. Boldly patterned wallpaper, floor or wall tiles, like the Marca Corona
3D tiles available at Paramount
, can equally pack a dramatic punch – but as small spaces can easily become too ‘busy’, opt for one statement feature and design everything else around it.
THE LOOKING GLASS
Powder rooms tend to be compact and dark, so mirrors are essential not only for guests to check their reflection, but also to bounce light around and create a greater sense of space. Rather than an ordinary, frameless mirror, choose one in an unusual shape or with an interesting frame, such as Design Studio
’s Metal-Framed Round Mirror.
Overhead lighting can create odd shadows on faces, whereas a pair of sconce lights – or even a pair of pendants – positioned either side of the mirror will cast a more even, and therefore more flattering, light. Better still, layer lighting with an overhead pendant and side-by-side mirror lights. Choose light fixtures that go beyond the functional to deliver a little bathroom sass.
If you’ve kept walls and floors fairly plain, make your sink or vanity the focal
feature. A floating
sink, or one supported by the simplest of structures, like the Kallista
console table legs available at A. L. Thompson’s
is ideal when space is at a premium.
If you have room, the Tiffany Collection
of classic, elegant vanities by Baden Haus
, stocked by Brand Source
, deliver style and storage in one.
For a more contemporary look, choose a distinctive countertop. We love ThinkGlass
’s thermoformed glass countertops from Pooley Cabinets
which have an almost aquatic glow.
ACCESSORISE WITH FLAIR
It’s the finishing touches that will ramp up the wow factor in your powder room.
Rather than plain white hand towels, inject a little fun with shocking pink or lime green ones; add an orchid or a leafy potted plant to add life to all-white spaces or create a gallery wall of small framed prints and photos.
Most importantly, spoil your guests with some luxurious bathroom products: Bedside Manor
’s gorgeous selection of frangipani and neroli scented reed diffusers, hand wash and lotion by Cochine
will not go unappreciated in any bathroom.