In this day and age, it’s not all that common to have a powder room in residential homes and properties – however, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.
In essence, a powder room is a secondary bathroom that doesn’t include a shower or bathtub. Of course, referring to it as ‘the powder room’ certainly sounds a lot fancier, which is why they’re making somewhat of a comeback. For the savvy homeowner, it’s an opportunity to provide a guest bathroom facility that is both stylish and functional, without having guests traipse through your house and potentially away from the party.
If you’re in the process of building or renovating a two storey home, having a powder room is becoming increasingly popular if your bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the top floor. Not only will your guests have the convenience of taking a time out away from a potential gathering, but the actual residents of the property don’t have to wander too far on a day to day basis if downstairs either.
Just like a bathroom, bringing a new powder room to life requires a touch of forethought. Your home’s layout, size and overall interior design will often play a big role in how your future powder room will turn out, but what are some of the basics?
Five Powder Room Design Tips
Sometimes referred to as half-bathrooms, these tiny spaces originated in the 18th century, and were for people to reapply powder to their wigs in private. As the years progressed, the term remained – except this time it was for the ladies to powder their faces.
Although it’s function may have changed, the core essentials of bringing a powder room to life are still fundamentally the same. If you’re weighing up adding a secondary bathroom such as this to your new or existing home, what do you need to consider in order to get it right?
Cover The Essentials – It’s important to remember that a powder room still has to resemble something like a bathroom, so factor in a toilet, a vanity and a sink. To make the most of what is usually a smaller space, aim for floating or wall mounted options to make the room appear larger. A basin supported by a washstand, with legs but no cabinet underneath, will also go a long way in creating the illusion of space.
Get The Decor Right – Think about your favourite bathrooms in cinemas, theatres or restaurants. More often than not, there’s usually something about the decor that stands out in your memory, and your own powder room is your chance to replicate that same feeling. Colours, patterns and textures that would usually overwhelm a large bathroom can actually work well in a powder room, so long as you balance them out i.e. detailed wall equates to plainer floor.
Let There Be Light – Let’s be real, you want your guests to look good in the mirror so that they can appreciate your powder room in all its glory. Aim to avoid fluorescent or LED colours that are white or blue based, and instead opt for warmer colour temperatures. Install lighting directly above or beside the mirror to avoid shadows being cast over faces, and only opt for large scale statement pendants if the rest of the space is relatively low key.
Smart Storage Solutions – Every form of bathroom needs some storage space, even if they’re pint sized. Try to deploy hooks on the backs of doors for coats and handbags, and a drawer under a vanity is also a great place to store the essentials like cleaning goods, extra toilet paper or even air freshener. If the room allows it, don’t be afraid to get creative with shelving, even if it’s above the toilet.
A Little Bit Of Luxury – The very best powder rooms, along with the most memorable, often have a hint of luxury to them – and this all stems from the finer touches. Striking colours, diffused scents, plants and even different textures can go a long way when it comes to designing a powder room that feels like a haven. Showcase the personality of your household and get creative with your choices of wallpaper, tiles and tapware.
Like any bathroom, your choice of tile for your walls and floors can dramatically alter the look and feel of your powder room. Sometimes, the choices and key differences to note can feel overwhelming, which is when the services of a professional can be invaluable.
Sourcing The Right Materials For Your Powder Room
While your options for flooring materials are almost limitless, selecting the right type of product for your home certainly isn’t an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget?
In operation for over 24 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more – for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price and the right advice.
Even if you are just after some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote. We’re able to work with you in order to bring your dream flooring solution to life.