Powder Gets LOUDER
Half-baths are getting full attention these days
Powder baths — aka guest or half baths — deserve as much sizzle as other spaces in the home. More so during the holiday hoopla. There’s no shower to worry about and few necessities to store, so make this small room go “boom!” with vibrant wallpaper, tile, fabrics and cool accessories.
“Powder rooms are truly the perfect design opportunity for those who wish to play with color, add a bit of whimsy or simply try out a new design scheme,” said Jenny Schnaak of Spoonflower, an online wallpaper purveyor. “Choose from vibrant prints, traditional motifs or cheeky designs to elevate the overall design scheme.”
All Spoonflower wallpaper is available as “peel and stick,” so changing the look is no muss, no fuss. These colorful offerings spark (not overwhelm) small spaces, so activate them in shelving, on an accent wall or every wall, Schnaak said.
“I think wallpaper is key,” said Brenham interior designer Holly Mathis, who adds monograms, pretty light sconces, cute tile and a pedestal sink in powder baths. “I love the Memoirs by Kohler pedestal sinks and inexpensive hex tile is fine and easy to keep with dark grout.”
Patterned colorful paper can “really make a statement and help the powder bath feel more like a little jewel box and give it that ‘wow’ factor,” said Emily Johnston Larkin, owner of EJ Interiors in Dallas.
Lacquered walls also make a huge statement. Larkin recently lacquered a powder bath in a deep rich merlot color that turned out “so stunning.” Choosing a high-gloss paint finish is a less-expensive route, she said.
Dallas-area homeowners also love tile in their powder rooms, said Alessandra Andrade, Dallas-Fort Worth showroom manager for Arizona Tile. The company’s Just Design program lets buyers create custom tiles from a plethora of designs and colors online, or they can bring ideas and photos to the showroom and work with a staff member.
“We find out what’s in their house, their style, what they are looking for and we do drawings and samples,” Andrade said.
Most popular are the tantalizing Deco, Clementine, Digitalart and Marrakesh series, which offer a range of hues and moods, from soft to modern and funky. White, bluish and Calcutta gold marble are hot, along with mosaics, taupes, grays and a fresh shade of gold. Tiles are used as a focal-point wall, behind the sink or on the floor, Andrade said.
When it comes to accessories, less can be a bore. For glam, choose a washstand with Lucite legs or a chandelier, Larkin said. A stylish clock, standing or shelved, adds an elegant touch (there’s no moisture in the room to ruin it). Make a statement with the vanity by topping an antique piece with marble and adding an under-mount sink. A nontraditional mirror is a must, be it intricately carved or silver leaf in an interesting curvy shape.
“The powder bath is also a great place to show off your favorite artwork,” Larkin said. “Scale is really important here. Don’t be afraid to go large in a small space or do an eye-catching series of art pieces or even a small gallery wall with mismatched frames.”