Nov 4, 2015

UPDATE - Powder Rooms!

Powder rooms are one of the best place to be very creative; go deep and rich in color, add bright fabrics and accessories, have fabulous mood lights, and add  character with interesting mirrors and artwork. It's not a room that you spend much time in – so you don't need bright lights for make up and dressing -  but s one that you use frequently. It can be a room where  your  personality takes center stage in everything you select. 

Add a fresh coat of a seasonally or personally inspired paint color. I encouraged  my client to paint the walls a rich eggplant because it was her favorite color and didn't fit in any other  space in the house. Even her husband loved the result. If you don't have a vanity but a pedestal or basin on a stand, consider adding a sink skirt in a fabric that you thoroughly enjoy. For Beth, we created our own sink skirt from napkins for a warm country style. Attaching a band of Velcro to the base of the pedestal add to the back of the fabric made it very easy to install. It now covers all of the pipes under the sink and creates a wonderful storage space.

From spectacularly framed mirrors to interesting artwork, this is a space where you can add drama and creativity. Lynda & Richard love architectural elements and we hung some antique saw blades that look dynamite with their newly repainted black vanity. 

Sometimes the best lighting for the space is artistic. You don't need bright light in the powder room so you can have fabulous mood lighting, deep amber glass or fabric shades, and even colored bulbs. Don't forget candles. With all of the flameless versions, some with timers and some with remotes, they're are simple to use and safe in wall candelabras. Realism of the waxes and even some with decorative carvings make them very appealing. The warm flickering glow of candlelight is pleasing to almost everyone.

Use colored towels. Add a fabulous ceramic accessory to an over-toilet shelf. Paint your vanity in a color that complements your wall, and  use this as an opportunity for creative distressing, stencil embellishments, and very decorative or ornamental hardware.  If you have room, consider adding a small table.

Spectacular tile, a dynamic sink, or other design element will make the space dramatic and personal.

Don't forget bargain-hunting. Many of the big box stores, and discount home furnishings shops have fabulous findings at reasonable prices. You can add things, change them out and do it all on a budget. Hoops paint is typically available at the big hardware stores. For about five dollars you can get a gallon of paint and experiment with color. Lamps has wonderful pricing on light fixtures if you have a bit of time and our creative, you can wire your own fixture from unique findings.