Ask The Expert: Powder Rooms with Pizzaz

Posted on | August 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

After living in our house for 10 years, we have finally decided to renovate the powder room. We’re realistic enough to know that the “Design on a Dime,” approach won’t satisfy our preferences. I want to know how we can achieve a higher quality of design without breaking the bank in the smallest space in our house – and where to start?  ~Katherine
Starr Miller Interior Design, North Carolina Design Online

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I love a beautiful powder room. I especially like it when the base color reflects the color story in your home, but you do it with a WOW attached! The powder room is so small that you can do things you might not do any where else.

Start with your flooring. Do not hesitate to have hardwoods in the powder room.  This is not a bath space and water should not be an issue. Whichever materials you chose to use, use the best! It is a very small space so if you want a tile look, think about natural stone. If you want hardwood, just ask the fabricator to match the rest of your home.

Cabinetry is an easy change out!  Stay away from mahoganies and reddish woods. Painted is also nice! If you like your cabinetry and just want to paint it, make sure it is sprayed on by a professional. I know, I know, you keep hearing that wallpaper is out of date and a pain to remove, but I love wallpaper in the powder room! This does not mean the typical flat wallpaper you remember from your grandparent’s home. Today you can find wonderful textures and fabulous patterns. If you opt for a pattern, make sure that it is an open pattern, not too busy.

I mentioned walls before the countertop, but you can switch the order. Whichever one you lead with in the decision making will help determine the other. Go to your local granite fabricator and find a remnant. They are less expensive and you can find some really unusual pieces. This is the only spot in the house that you should consider a beautifully crafted vessel sink. They are hard to clean around so the powder room lends itself to this type of sink. Otherwise, a small white under-mount sink works beautifully.

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When it comes to lighting, don’t stick to the lighting that is typically found in the bathroom. Sconces are a lovely way to balance a mirror, but please branch out and find lighting that you love! Do paint the ceiling! It can be dramatic and dark, it can sparkle. Don’t forget it! Pink will add a lovely glow to your guest’s complexion. The lighting will help dictate your faucet, cabinet pulls and the mirror choices. Beautiful towels can add a bit of zing – splurge here. Do not clutter with fake flowers, and by all means only use a throw rug NOT meant for a bathroom!

Interior designer Starr Miller offers her insight to this Ask The Expert question. Located in Davidson, her firm, Starr Miller Interior Design, provides interior design and remodeling services to residential and small business clientele.

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One Response to “Ask The Expert: Powder Rooms with Pizzaz”

  1. Elite Furniture Gallery
    January 6th, 2012 @ 3:12 PM

    I my last home the powder room had a garden faucet. It was shaped to look like bamboo & was open at the top. Water cascaded over. Made by Moen. Expensive but well worth it for the compliments we got. We also had an Italian marble sink. For a quick fix on a sink cabinet Hooker has several as well as Ambella Home. These look like furniture.

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