Find out all you need to know about half baths so you can create an inviting and efficient design for these heavily trafficked spaces.
Graphic Black And White Wallpapered Powder Room
Graphic black and white wallpaper makes a big statement in this small powder room. A simple porcelain sink and slim mirror keep don't compete with the bold wallpaper, so as not to overwhelm the space.
Half baths are often used to accommodate houseguests, but they're also a convenient and heavily trafficked space for anyone in the home. For this reason, creating a half bath design that's stylish, welcoming and efficient is of paramount importance.
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
Since half baths are often located in hallways or other "standalone" spaces in the home, their design can often be freer, with more opportunities to add personality and eclectic style. Bold pops of color, contrasting textures and patterns for wallpaper and tiles, and fixtures and furniture that express their own distinct style are common features.
Aside from using a half bath as a design lab, one thing to consider is space. This is true of all bathrooms, but half baths in particular need an efficient design, since they're traditionally the smallest bathrooms in the house. Think about adding wall storage in the form of cabinets or shelves. A sink cabinet is probably a good idea as well, as opposed to a floating or pedestal sink.
Finally, when you're considering light fixtures for a half bath, think small and elegant as opposed to big and bold. The danger with larger fixtures is that they may overwhelm the rest of the design, so it's generally best to use a light touch when it comes to half bath lighting.
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