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Powder Room Ideas To Transform Your Space

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Photographed by Nicole Franzen and designed by The 1818 Collective

Despite their compact size, modern powder rooms are important functional spaces in the home that should offer easy, everyday convenience while remaining pleasingly stylish.

Nevertheless, they can be perceived as tricky places to transform due in part to their space limitations. However, this limitation should be seen as an aesthetic opportunity to embrace some bold design choices — ensuring it stands out in a dynamic and exciting way.

To help transform this space, we explore some modern powder room ideas from a slew of design experts that will evoke real personality into this often neglected room. 

It can be overwhelming when beginning the thought process for renewing your powder room. However, an excellent place to start is establishing where the room sits in the grand scheme of things — this will dictate how much play you can have with the design. 

“When updating powder rooms, consider if the style needs to be in keeping with a nearby room (i.e., main bathroom) or if it’s a stand-alone space,” says Victor Blanco, In-store Designer for Central Coast Tile and Stone. “If it’s a stand-alone space, get creative — people tend not to spend a lot of time in a powder room compared to a bathroom, so you can be a little more daring with your palette.” 

Powder Room Tile Ideas

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Tile ideas are certainly a good place to be playful with your modern powder room design approach. This is where you can throw caution to the wind and showcase your personality through your design.

“Powder rooms are a space where you can take design risks and try out more adventurous decor ideas. It’s a small space, but with the right touches, it can make a big statement,” says Brad Smith, CEO / Interior Designer at Omni Home Ideas, based in Dallas, Texas. 

Brad suggests implementing some ‘tile drama’ by using tiles to create visual excitement through bold colour, intricate mosaics, or even emulating a ‘tile rug design’ on the floor. 

“[This] concept essentially involves creating a distinctive pattern or colour grouping with tiles that contrasts with the surrounding flooring. [It] creates the illusion of a rug. It's an effective way to add a touch of personality or a focal point to a room, particularly a bathroom or powder room,” continues Brad.

“The design of the tile rug can be as simple as a monochrome pattern or as intricate as a mosaic. It all depends on the overall aesthetic you wish to achieve. This design could be geometric, floral, or abstract, among other styles.”

Making an impression with a powder room can lead to intriguing talking points; therefore, it’s important to approach this space with an open mind. 

“Whilst a powder room is only a tiny space, it's often the first one we use each time we arrive home, and the bathroom made available for our guests so [it’s important] that the first impression counts,” says Emma Holmes, Principal Architect and Founder of We Are Forma, a Melbourne based architecture and interior design studio.

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“With tiling, go for repetition. Think rows of vertical kit-kat tiles from floor to ceiling, or large format stone for a monochromatic effect [for example] slabs of terrazzo, or a feature colour to use throughout the space for a cohesive look.” 

You can continue thinking out of the box when making a statement in your powder room. Adding texture is key to accomplishing personality in this space, for instance. 

"Incorporating natural stones into your powder room design gives you that instant wow factor! We find that most clients are more comfortable exploring texture over colour which is key when you are working in a room full of hard surfaces,” says Kristin Kurko, Founder of Rocco Revolution.

“We use Gitani Stone for their wide range of unique and premium stone finishes to make a bold statement. Layering different tile sizes and styles adds depth to your space — you don't want to design a room that feels tired, too mainstream, and lacks personality. Your spaces should always be a true reflection of who you are, what you love".

Fun Powder Room Ideas

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Juno House Club designed by The Room Studio and photographed by Mauricio Fuentes

As we have learned, approaching your powder room doesn’t have to be mundane because it’s one of the few rooms where you can become liberated and evoke a degree of design spontaneity. 

Denis Mehmed from Fantastic Services says you can have plenty of fun with your powder ideas, even if they appear outlandish. 

“Personalise your powder room by creating a theme around your favourite book. This could mean painting a mural of the book's setting or using quotes as decorative elements,” he considers. 

“Turn your powder room into an artistic wonderland with a beautiful wall mural. Whether it's a peaceful beach scene or a vibrant floral pattern, a mural can make a significant impact.”

Powder Room Cabinet Ideas

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Aside from the aesthetics, it’s also sensible to maximise your powder room's functionality. By carefully considering some powder room vanity ideas you can balance a welcoming space with the necessary practical requirements. 

Choose a robust and durable mirror cabinet that doesn’t overwhelm the space but contributes to the scheme. Then you can always accessorise with stylish and colour-coordinated soap dispensers, towel rails, or robe hooks, and quirky accessories like scented candles to personalise your desired look. 

Natural elements shouldn’t be overlooked either. “Create a peaceful oasis by bringing in natural elements like a small indoor plant or a stone sink,” continues Denis Mehmed. “You could also consider using natural materials like bamboo for the floor.”

“A powder room decorated with carefully selected antiques can exude timeless elegance. You can choose to use an antique mirror or a vintage faucet to create a nostalgic atmosphere.” 

Why not also consider looking at the historical evolution of bathroom vanities for inspiration?

Powder Room Ceiling Lighting Ideas

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Lighting is instrumental in your contemporary powder room ideas approach — here, you can fine-tune the mood by tailoring it to your desired requirements. 

“When it comes to ceiling lighting in the powder room, consider incorporating fixtures that complement the overall design aesthetic,” says Dave Campbell of Mosaic Tile Outlet

“Recessed lighting can provide a clean and contemporary look, while a statement pendant light can add a touch of drama. Dimmer switches offer versatility, allowing you to create various ambience options.”

Get Help With Powder Room Ideas

With so many aesthetic approaches, you may need help to refine your modern powder room ideas. Consider booking a complimentary design consultation with one of our friendly showroom staff, who would be happy to discuss and assist with your interior design vision.  

For related powder room ideas, check out:

Our Guide to DIY Bathroom Vanity Upcycling

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