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Monday, May 14, 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Powder Room


While powder rooms certainly aren’t the biggest room in your house, they can be the focal point of style and elegance in your home. A half bath is a place guests often visit in your home, the perfect place for you to show off new décor and explore creative interior design ideas. Even if you prefer a more neutral palette in the rest of your home, you can go a little more extreme in your powder room.

When you’re selling your home, a distinct smaller bathroom can be the turning point for a buyer. The extra half-bath with unique features, fun elements, and smart design attracts additional buyers and can increase your selling price. Here are some of our favorite ways to spice up your powder room:

Choose a Dramatic Paint Color or Bold Wallpaper

In a small space like a powder room, you can get away with a fanciful print on wallpaper or a bold color choice. An inspired impact is fantastic in a powder room. If you’re thinking of selling soon, make sure your choice isn’t too extreme as to discourage buyers. Consider a graphic wallpaper or a turquoise paint color for a unique spin on the normal.

Pick Your Favorite Trend

A powder room is one of the best spots to have a coherent theme. Think of how children’s bedrooms may have cowboy, princess, or space themes—apply this to your half-bath. Maybe you love a farmhouse chic aesthetic, or you’re into the bohemian style. You can try a floral theme or maybe model it after a favorite book or movie. Have fun with your theme but ensure it’s still accessible to your guests and future buyers.

Exciting Hardware

Due to the smaller space and lack of shower/bath, upgrading the hardware in a powder room is often inexpensive. Instead of keeping with the basic chrome, consider a bolder chunky gold look, brass, or gunmetal fixtures.

Beautiful Lighting

There’s nothing more important in a bathroom than lighting. Not only do you need accurate lighting for makeup, but it can enhance a powder room design. Fix it an extra sconce (for three) and choose fixtures that work with your theme. Fewer fixtures in a powder room will allow you to spend more than on a larger bathroom.

Whether you’re planning on keeping your home for the next few decades or selling in the next few months, the smallest room in the home can be the most impactful. Don’t be afraid to use dramatic style, high-quality materials, and boldness you wouldn’t elsewhere. It might seem like a risk—but it’s one that will pay off in your home style and when it comes time to sell.

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