10 inspiring powder rooms
Often times stylists will suggest to try a bold new trend that seems a littly scary, first as an accessoire, such as leopard print on a bag or shoes. Powder rooms around the world prove that this concept applies to interior design in the exact same way, it's less scary and less of a commitment, should you not be happy with it, just change it again! At the same time you will not get tired of the design, as you are not spending as much time in this room, as you might to in your master bathroom or bedroom. Thats why we constantly see more and more bold statement wallpapers, tiling, and accessoires such as lamps being used to vamp up small powder rooms. I grew up in Germany, where in all honesty the powder room/ guest toilet is rarely anything else but simple and rather boring. So when moving abroad, I loved seeing all these colourful and elegant combinations of statement walls and textures with unusual tilings, gold mirrors and gorgeous lamps and keep dreaming of how to style my own future statement room once I have the opportunity to do so.
I hope you will love these powder rooms as much as I do!
If you are looking for less extreme ways how to restyle your powder room, why not start with creating a feature wall with a gorgeous pattern and keeping the remaining walls white? Equally, you might incorporate a gallery wall or just start with a chandelier - I am dreaming of spraypainting my old chandelier from my student days in a bold turquoise, yellow or pink or just in black. Spraypainting the frame of your mirror, lamps and pictureframes can do wonders as well.
Source: Grupo Santamaria
1. A splash of colour
Starting bold with this explosion of colours by Ali Budd Interiors, an award winning Toronto based boutique design firm.
Modern and sleek lines in terms of a brass mirror, sharp edged white sink and a black matte faucet (love!) are paired with an abstract brush stroke wallpaper.
Why not try a bit of DIY and vamp up a wall in your powder room with an abstract painting?
If it feels too intimidating, try one accent wall or add a large predominantly white piece of art work to another wall.
Wallpaper by La Maison Pierre Frey
2. Palm leaves and dark wood
If you love make-over shows as much as I do, you might have heard of Canadian interior designer Karin Bohn. In Restaurants on the Edge (Netflix) she proves in every episode that no challenge is big enough and it is not surprising that her private home as well as her board room features amazing style.
I especially love her powder room, which is quite bold, but not too overwhelming as she chose calm hues.
3. Art Deco in Miami Beach
This gorgeous art deco inspired combo of white, gold and blue (an all time favourite of mine) was designed by Renwil Decor in collaboration with Bill Rooney Studio for the Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Miami Beach.
Industry favourites Architectural Digest's consequently named the hotel as one of the "15 Best-Designed Hotels Opening This Summer" in 2018 and I can see why.
It features both signature and custom products, including a backlit mirror and hand-painted table lamp and an orchid to add a contrasting colour.
It's a timeless look that can be easily achieved in any room size. Why not give it a go?
4. Edgy statement wall
Green and pink is another colour contrast I love, whether it being in fashion or in interior.
Personally I am not a fan of round mirrors, even though you can see them absolutely everywhere nowadays. However I think the colour palette chosen for this room by Blakely Interior Design works really well.
I'd probably replace the green lamp with a larger one, perhaps a green chandelier for a more dramatic effect, but I love how this design can be re-styled with very few elements in any home.
To achieve a similar combination, you could also choose a green accessoires such as a vase or sculpture.
Painting by Marc Mazzarelli
5. Sweet antiques
If you are more into vintage styles, you might like this sweet little powder room by Collins Interiors, photographed by Texas based architectural photographer Alyssa Rosenheck (check out her really inspiring feed!)
Flamingos are always a good idea, aren't they?
Recently I have seen a few articles on how (antique) chest of drawers can actually be pretty easily transformed into bathroom vanities.
By (professionally) cutting the top to fit your sink, you can create your own unique bespoke vanity of dreams! Imagine how a bit of paint, your preferred countertop, as well as a few new doorknobs can dramatically transform an old and neglected piece of furniture.
Wallpaper from Cole & Son
6. Geometric patterns
This sleek powder room by Oklahoma based Whitney from RED FERN home combines modern patterns with elegant silhouettes for a timeless feel.
If you follow the link to her post and swipe, you will see the incredibly before and after of this newly transformed statement room.
Wooden panels can easily be added to any bathroom and give it a completely different feel.
Mirror by Wayfair
"Feather" Wallpaper by Serena and Lily
Rug by Caitlin Wilson
Door and cabinet hardware by Emtek Products
7. Statement Tiles
Talk about statement tiles!
This powder room by E & A Interiors with Ashdown Leaf Wall Lights on either sides of the golden mirror by Vaughan Designs, is a great example of how tiles make or break a bathroom.
Again this is a great example how dark emerald, combined with brass and white, results in everything but a room thats missing light.
Singapore based British designer Chloë Elkerton founded E& A Interiors in 2013 and if you are into bright interiors, full of pattern, character and charm you should definetly have a look at her designs.
8. Polka dots and gold
Another successful project by Blakely Interior Design is this amazing navy and gold styled powder room.
Even though the wallpaper as such is a dark navy, the combination of white, blue and all the gold details such as sconces and fixtures don't make the room feel dark at all.
Understandably you might feel anxious to go as bold with a wallpaper, however if you choose a larger mirror and incorporate a large framed artwork into the room, such as black and white photography or an abstract painting where white is the dominant colour, the wallpaper as such would not be the focal point, but an amazing pop of colour in between.
9. Black Beauty
This dark and glamourous powder room by London based luxury Interior Design studio Atelier di Spera immediately reminds me of night out in high end clubs or restaurants.
It's a great way to add this particular vibe to your house and will surely make every guest feel special.
If you think about it, this effect can be achieved super easily, with dark walls and any gold or brass accesoires. Minimum effort but maximum impact!
10. Zebras galore!
I can't get over this zebra wallpaper by Scalamandre. I have seen similar styles in red and black but particularly love this shade of blue.
This powder room belongs to Rhonda Jones, who renovated her 150 year old Charleston home with a lot of love for unique details. Just look at this gold swan faucet!
Green jar with lid by Jonathan Adler
Zebra monogrammed hand towel by Feather Nest via Etsy
Toilet paper holder, towel rack custom made by Allied Brass
Last but not least, not a powder room, I know.
As all of the above are quite intense designs and might not be for everyone, I wanted to share this gallery wall corner as the last inspiration.
Imagine integrating as much art as here into your powder room, combined with a gorgeous mirror and statement lamp and there we go.
This beautiful corner has been designed by Nicole Davis Interiors and photographed by Alyssa Rosenheck, who we mentioned earlier on.
Hope you enjoyed this post and got inspired to go bold!