How to Create a Powder Room
Often one of the smallest wet spaces in a home is the powder room. Normally reserved for visitors and guests, this little room can pack a real punch.
If you are blessed with enough space for a dedicated powder room, you will know how useful this mini bathroom can be.
There are some brilliant space saving and innovative ideas that are being incorporated into powder rooms at the moment and we can’t wait to show you some of them!
As usual, we’re going to show you some of the hottest new designs, trends and ideas being created by the top designers both here and abroad.
The Grand Plan
Functionality, versatility, and adaptability…we expect so much from our homes these days, and with good reason.
Never has there been such an emphasis on home and family life as our working lives seem to become more and more hectic.
In turn, the size of our homes are growing, and so is the available space. With that comes the opportunity to explore certain elements of design, that you may not have had before.
Living spaces are no longer just a couch and a TV, kitchens are no longer just a bench and a stove – we crave peace and connection with our homes.
So to ensure our spaces flow, we need to consider the master plan of our homes with great detail. Doing this upfront as part of the planning stage of your build or reno, will save you so much time, money and stress!
With any small space, you really want to make the most of it and utilise every square inch of space available.
The first thing you need to consider, is how is the space going to be used. Will it simply be a basin, taps and a toilet? Can you fit some more highly functioning pieces in there, such as extra cabinetry for storage? Are you trying to combine two spaces, such as the laundry or linen press into the powder room.
Like any part of home design, it is all going to depend on how much space you have available.
Take some time to really plan this area, as you will be surprised at how little or how much you can actually incorporate.
Get the Look – ABI Celine White Basin Sink
Open Door Policy
When you have a vision of your powder room, don’t think that you need to put it all in a separate room behind closed doors.
Try placing the toilet in it’s own separate room. This enables you to play around with the layout and have the basin & vanity located in another area nearby.
This can give you more flexibility when designing your floor plan or layout, so you can fully utilise any ‘dead space’.
By having a two-zoned powder room area, this and can also give you some room to move.
Design Tip – You don’t need the vanity area to be matchy-matchy with the separate toilet. Keep the vanity zone connected with the surrounding space by making it inviting and keeping it cohesive with the rest of your home’s style. Using the same paint colour, flooring or even fixtures will help!
Little Big Things
You knew it was coming…we need to consider the budget now! Yep, painful but necessary!!
While a gorgeous powder room is on most peoples wish lists when building or renovating, they can add a significant cost to your budget.
Because they are a wet space, you are literally building a mini bathroom which also brings alot of costs. Don’t be fooled by this seemingly tiny space, things can add up very quickly…
Due to the size restrictions, sometimes you may need to order smaller sinks, a wall mounted all-in-one sink, or even customised cabinetry – which can come at a hefty price. You’d think that because things are smaller they would be cheaper, think again.
Occasionally these things are more expensive because they may sell less, or they are custom built to order, so do your homework and shop around.
Get the Look – ABI Elysian Minimal in Gunmetal Mixer & Spout
Bold or Beautiful
You might be thinking that you need to play it safe in such a small area like a powder room, but think again!
This little zone can be as neutral or as bold as you like. And because you are only using smaller amounts of things like tiles or wallpaper, you really can splash out and make that your hero piece.
A gorgeous feature tile can work here and it won’t overwhelm because it’s not en masse. Take a look at some amazing wallpapers that are on the market as well, as there are so many, you just need to decide on your style.
Whether you decide to go neutral, luxe, bold, graphic, scandi, coastal – the list goes one, it really should echo the rest of the style throughout your home.
Get the Look – ABI Addison Timber Vanity
Off to Powder your nose…
Well we hope that you have picked up some handy tips and ideas for your next powder room.
Ensure you utilise all the available space, and get as much functionality out the area as possible, your family and guests will thank you for it!
Like any reno or build, planning really is the key. If you think about how to use the space practically, you are sure to enjoy the space for years to come.
Can you include a Powder Room in your home? We’d love to see your projects!