Powder Rooms

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Turquoise Powder Room

Turquoise Powder Room With Gold Mirror

Glazed tiles in a gorgeous turquoise shade make this bathroom so alluring. Designers paired the backsplash with brass elements, another beautiful layer of luxury.

Photo by: Stephen Allen Photography

Stephen Allen Photography

By: Sean McEvoy

Powder rooms, though small, can be important elements in your home. By adding a few bold, contemporary touches, you can create an elegant and up-to-date space that is sure to impress your guests.

One of the best ways to retain the elegance of traditional powder rooms while adding some modern touches is by combining vintage and modern textures and materials. For example, an elegant but modern porcelain sink on a vintage wooden base is a great way to create a warm, welcoming space that still exudes classic style. Other vintage elements like candlestick-style lamps or traditional sconces can have the same effect — combine these with a bold, ornate mirror frame design in wood or metal.

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Typically less expensive than other bathroom remodels, a half bath or powder room remodel can also add real resale value to your home.

Since powder rooms are often used by guests and not bound to any other room's design, they're a great opportunity to experiment with bolder colors, patterns and textures. Adding some fun and personality to a powder room can create an unexpected design surprise for guests. Explore the secondhand shops for unique design elements — art, furniture or lighting fixtures — that can make an entertaining or irreverent statement.

Another common feature of powder rooms is wallpaper. No longer difficult to install, wallpaper is a natural choice for powder rooms because of its often petite, rectangular design. Experiment with elegant or bold patterns, and create a space that welcomes guests and family members alike.

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