Most half baths are simply that – a sink and toilet. However, this is the one room all your guests will see. Because it’s a small space, you can afford to spend a bit more on the details and show some personality. Go ahead, be bold and add some fun in your powder bath – whether it is with color, lighting or texture.
Walls – Color, Texture, Theme
Be bold in your choices. Will you choose a bold color or maybe a special tile? We chose to wallpaper the room and added wood on the back wall for an accent. Wainscoting or shiplap gives the room depth and draws your eye away from the porcelain fixtures. Having a “theme” in mind will help when you are making selections.
Floors – Hardwood, Stone, Ceramic Tile or Luxury Vinyl Plank
Small-floor space means you can spend more per square footage in your half bath. Our floors all flow from the front door to the powder room (and then through the foyer to the hardwood in the great room), so we chose a durable cobblestone tile. These tiles are great to work with – they are a larger size (12”x16”) so less tile covers more area and there is less of those ugly grout lines to keep clean.
The vanity should be a showstopper in your small powder bath. Finding one in the size and style we wanted was not easy. We searched high and low with no luck. We decided instead to custom build one. We used old barn wood on the top, added a vessel sink and an interesting side faucet; and finally built in hidden storage at the bottom for extra toiletries. We chose a green-taupe color (selected from the wallpaper) for the wood base and then distressed it to look like it has been there forever.
This lighting fixture came from one of the big-box stores near us. We liked the rustic feel, but the bulbs were blinding shining downward so we flipped the fixture upside down and mounted it. Since this is a powder room, we can leave it a bit dimmer (than needed if we were getting ready in there every day). Ambient lighting gives it a soft, luxurious feel.
Do not shop for a basic vanity mirror. This should be a piece of art in your powder room. It needs to fill the space. Go ahead, make every inch count. Our mirror checked all the boxes: color, size and style.
Hardware is a fun accent piece for the room. It’s the perfect earrings to a fabulous outfit. Keeping with our rustic vibe, we chose oil-rubbed finishes with a copper edge for shine. We chose to match our faucet, cabinet pulls, and towel bars. Even our lighting fixture has the same color metal, but you can change it up if you like. The sky is the limit. Speaking of “sky”, do not forget the ceiling. There is so much you could do up there as well for added personality.
Go ahead, be bold and add some fun in this small space, whether it is in color, lighting, or texture.
Once you transform your space, accessorize your heart out. Add fun towels, a special soap dispenser and do not forget a yummy candle or pretty reed diffuser. McCall’s Candles-Banana Nut Bread reed diffusers are my favorite!