Sometimes tiny spaces like a powder room can be the most fun to decorate because you can really push the envelope with color, texture and scale without the fear of commitment of a large room. You can add visual impact to a small space by using wallpaper with a large scale print, bold color or an oversized light fixture or piece of art.
People don’t usually think of my work as traditional but I have to say, I do love traditional architecture and interiors as long as they have integrity and are done well. This powder room we designed for a home in Beverly Hills combines traditional elements like the mirror and toilet with ethnic touches like the wallpaper and hand towels.
- Fresh flowers or a succulent arrangement will add life and vibrancy. Sometimes I even cut branches from an olive tree to add some green.
- Bottled hand soap is an obvious choice – the bottles are often really pretty and pumping soap is clearly better for guests than sharing a bar of soap.
- Find an interesting container to store extra toilet paper – there are so many great wire, woven or fabric baskets to choose from.
- Hang art or photographs that need to be viewed up close and may have an intimate subject matter.
- Paper hand towels are a great way to add color and personality. Sometimes I like using paper hand towels with my client’s initials – these makes great hostess gifts too.
- Lighting – make sure your lighting is dimable, there’s nothing that will ruin ambiance more than really bright ambient lighting in your powder room. In fact try to avoid recessed cans all together in a powder room – use sconces, overhead pendants and directional spot lights for art.