Remodeling Tips: 7 Elements of the Perfect Powder Room

by | Sep 3, 2019 | Cool Spaces & Ideas

Bathroom Sink Remodel in Portland, OR

Do you have a half-bath or a small guest bathroom in your home that could use a refresh? If so, you already have the beginnings of the perfect powder room! 

A powder room is a half-bath or guest bathroom that typically has a toilet, a vanity, and a light, but no shower or bathtub. Even the tiniest powder room can add a lot of comfort, enjoyment, and relaxation to your home, both for you and for any guests who come to visit. Plus, a good powder room remodel can add value to your home.

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your half-bath, here are 7 crucial elements that can make all the difference:

1. A Functional Layout

Powder room dimensions vary. Some are long and narrow, some are perfect squares, and others have completely irregular dimensions. It’s worth taking some time to look at the space you have and consider a few different layout options.

A professional designer can be really helpful when it comes to creating a functional space that meets all your needs, looks balanced, and is easy to move around in.

2. A Space-Saving Focal Point

Creating a focal point in a powder room can be tricky. Powder rooms have limited square footage, so a design element that’s too large or imposing can easily dominate the room in a bad way. Whether it’s a unique vanity, a bold light fixture, or a gorgeous piece of wall art, the trick is to make a statement without taking up too much valuable space. 

A fun strategy we’ve used in the past is to create a beautiful statement wall by working with a company that uses photos to make wallpaper. It’s a great way to add interest to a small room!

3. Creative Storage

Finding ways to incorporate storage can be tricky. Wall-mounted cabinets often take up too much space and overwhelm the room. Drawers and/or cabinets under the sink are a great place to start, but you may find you still need additional storage to house all your bathroom essentials and keep clutter under control. 

Retro cabinetry

Here are a few more ideas for adding storage where you need it without over-crowding your space:

  • Recessed shelves or cabinets
  • A storage rack above the toilet
  • A small cabinet behind the mirror
  • A closet outside the bathroom for extra towels
  • Over-the-door towel hooks or pocket organizers

4. Good Lighting

Lighting is crucial in small spaces. Inadequate lighting can make the space feel dingy and small, but overly harsh, bright lighting is equally bad. What you really want is a nice, flattering glow that evenly illuminates the room.

When placed strategically, mirrors can reflect light around the room and create the illusion of more space. Again, this works best with gentle lighting. Otherwise, the reflection of light can be blinding if your eye catches it at the wrong angle.

5. Quality Flooring

Durable flooring is a must in most bathrooms since bathroom floors are typically exposed to more water than other rooms. Powder rooms are a little different, though. With no tub or shower, your powder room is unlikely to get as much water. Plus, higher-priced, luxury flooring options are suddenly much more affordable in a half-bath remodel because you have so much less space to cover. 

If you have hardwood floors in the adjacent hallway, you might decide to simply continue the same flooring into your powder room. Or you might want to experiment with another material like bamboo, cork, or bold, ceramic tiles. Take a look at our bathroom flooring blog for more powder room ideas to inspire your remodel.

6. Luxurious Details

Little details can make all the difference in how much you and your guests enjoy using your powder room. In such a small room, it’s easy to express your personal style—even a few special touches can go a long way!

Think about what would work best in your powder room (and what you have space for). Here are a few ideas:

  • Art you love
  • Flowers and other indoor plants
  • An elegant soap dispenser that matches the faucet
  • Scented candles
  • Glass jars to hold essentials like cotton swabs
  • Unusual towel holders

7. A Unified Aesthetic

While a powder room is a perfect place to experiment with fun and new design elements, a tiny room with too much going on can feel chaotic and cramped. A streamlined, cohesive design results in a calming space that will help you and your guests feel relaxed and refreshed. One great way to do this is with color.

Powder Room Wallcovering

The dark, muted colors in this powder room work together with the whites to balance out the room. The satin nickel wallcovering adds some interest and also reflects light, which prevents the darker colors from visually shrinking the small room.

Are you planning a powder room remodel? Have questions about how to maximize a small space?

We can help you transform a small half-bath renovation into a luxurious powder room that you and your guests will love! At L. Evans Design Group, we have the knowledge and experience to find creative solutions to all the design challenges that small spaces can present, all while working within your budget and personal style preferences. 

We’d love to hear about your project and share more of our powder room tips with you. Call us at (971) 404-1241 or contact us online to set up a project consultation.

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Let us help you with your next full home, kitchen, bathroom, custom addition, or aging-in-place redesign project today! 

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