Bold, Beautiful Powder Room Makeover

Simple, stylish DIY tricks turn a spatially challenged en suite powder room into a bold-colored showstopper.

Tiny Yet Bold

The navy semigloss walls transform the powder room from drab into something bold and cheerful. The dark-colored walls and ceiling help tone down the intense apple-green paint of the adjacent guest room. When painting small spaces that open up to larger rooms, use the same color in both spaces to unite them, but use contrasting colors to help delineate them.

Frosted-Glass Sconces

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a successful powder room design. Most contractor-grade bathrooms come with exposed-bulb vanity lights, which cast an unflattering yellow glow on skin. Swap the existing fixture for something with diffused lighting, such as a frosted-glass sconce. Once illuminated, the soft glow from the glass will cast flattering light onto the skin and allow true colors to read more naturally.

Size Matters

Pattern plays a big part in decorating small rooms effectively — especially in task-oriented spaces where accessories and decorative objects need to be kept to a minimum. In this powder room, ikat-patterned Roman shades cover the windows. The pattern instantly takes the focus off the room’s lack of square footage, instead playing up the navy-blue and apple-green color scheme. The key to using pattern successfully in a small space is to choose a medium-sized pattern. Overscaled patterns are often cut off by walls less than eight feet in width, while small patterns can become too busy.

Smart Storage Solution

Repurposing everyday objects into clever space-saving solutions can make a tiny powder room more practical. Hang old baskets, crates or organizers sideways on walls for extra surface space, while keeping travel-sized toiletries neatly stored and easily accessible.

Bath Mats in Multiples

While carpet may not seem like a great fit for a bathroom, it can be practical in low-traffic powder rooms. Cover up dated tiles quickly and effectively using bath mats in multiples. Once placed side-by-side, the seams go unnoticed, resulting in a custom, wall-to-wall carpet look. Textured styles, such as shag, flokati, textured stripe and sisal work best.

Warm, Inviting Area Rugs

If you don't want to use bath mats, use area rugs in multiples instead to help warm up cold flooring surfaces.

A Colorful Fifth Wall

While many homeowners keep their ceilings white, designers and decorators consider them important factors for cohesively decorating rooms. Paint the ceiling the same color as the walls in small rooms like a powder room to create the illusion of more height. Additionally, painting ceilings may help highlight architectural details like crown molding.

Bold Hardware

Not only are drawer pulls, knobs and handles inexpensive, but they're also easy to change. To add new life to a small powder room or bathroom, consider using hardware as an opportunity to tie a color scheme together and to introduce interesting textures and finishes.

Layering Colors

Accessories allow for layering colors effectively and practically. Keep the color palette consistent by choosing bath towels and hand towels in the shame shade found in the window treatments or wall covering. Tip: To avoid a monochromatic color scheme, choose colors that are slightly off from one another. This will keep the room layered without matching too much.

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