Half Bathroom or Powder Room
Contemporary Blue Bathroom With Built-In Shelves
Geometric elements like the rectangular vessel sink, cubic, built-in shelves and a simple, square mirror give the space a contemporary look. Slate blue walls add drama and a soothing pop of color.
Powder rooms, sometimes called half baths, are petite but powerful. "They are usually small rooms, but you can spend a lot of money per square inch practically," says Lori Carroll, president, Lori Carroll & Associates, Tucson, Ariz. "There are many different levels of 'wow factor' you can incorporate whether it's the floor or light fixture, the mirror, the wall tile, the specialty finish, the toilet."
Basically, you can dress a powder room to the nines and spend more in this sliver of a space than you would renovating a full bath. You may decide to pull out all the stops and design this little jewel box of a room to showcase your personal style. Guests you entertain will surely stop in to use the space at some point in the evening.
The Element of Surprise
The detailed vessel sink complements the warm red walls. The walls are embellished by a gold leaf design, adding an element of surprise in this powder room. The oversize mirror above the vanity works with the diamond-shaped mirrors on the back wall to make the space seem larger. Photo by Cynthia MacDonald. Design by Kim Smart
Questions to Ask
- Is this bathroom mainly for guests?
- Will family (children) use the bathroom on a regular basis?
- Where is the bathroom located (off of the kitchen by a mudroom entrance; near a formal foyer)?
- How much natural light enters the room (if any)?
- What style is the powder room today, and is there a style you'd like to experiment with in this space?
A self-rimming sink is the easiest to install and can be replaced without destroying the countertop. It has a rolled and finished edge or rim and seems to sit on top of the counter. This self-rimming bathroom sink has a traditional porcelain finish and a silver faucet. Image courtesy of Toto USA
A pedestal sink is a basin that is supported by a freestanding pedestal leg. Pedestal sinks take up very little floor space and are easy to clean around, making them a great option for both large and small bathrooms. The pedestal sink is perfect for this bathroom since there isn’t much square footage. Image courtesy of Kohler
Think big: The powder room is really the place to install the fancy tile or choose the exotic wood cabinet or other materials that would be cost-prohibitive in a larger space. "It's the one place where you can put all of your money into the finishes because it's so small," Rady says.
Vessel sink: This is the bathroom to install that vessel sink you've been eyeing, and you can find them in glass, stone, porcelain and other materials.
Add opulence: Traditionalists, now is your chance to go diva. Choose rich colors, hang a piece of interesting artwork, include an accent pendant light fixture that makes a statement.
Ventilate properly: While you aren't dealing with water condensation from a shower, you should consider a system to keep air moving in this especially small space to get rid of bathroom odors.