How to Create The Perfect Powder Room with Custom Joinery
While they may be small in size, a powder room can have a big impact on your home. The perfect compromise between convenience and space, a powder room offers an easily accessible toilet and vanity to your guests without putting your entire bathroom on display.
While space becomes more of a constraint in the powder room, this often means you can afford to pull out all the bells and whistles when it comes to the design.
Here’s how to achieve the perfect powder room in your home, with some help from some clever custom joinery along the way.
Positioning and layout
As a powder room is often an addition made to your floor plan for convenience, naturally it should sit close by to your kitchen or living area.
Ideally, your powder room will also sit on an outer wall of the house, so you can take advantage of natural light and ventilation from the outdoors.
Traditionally, less is more when it comes to the design of your powder room. A toilet, vanity and mirror are the main components of this space – add too much else, and the room will start to feel cluttered.
When laying out the elements of your powder room, consider what your guests will see when they open the door. Ideally, create your vanity with custom joinery and place this directly in front of the entrance – not only will this help to conceal the toilet from immediate view, but this way you can utilise the mirror to create a feeling of space.
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Designing your powder room
While your powder room can take inspiration from your main bathroom and/or laundry, as it’s a smaller space you can dial up that theme and opt for statement design features that you mightn’t do in your larger bathroom.
Wallpaper and mood lighting are popular choices for powder rooms, creating an atmosphere within the smaller space. If your home has darker elements throughout, such as a darker wood for your custom joinery in the kitchen or black accents in your finishes, the powder room is a great place to embrace this palette and use that darker hue on the walls. Pair with a feature light fitting and add some strip lighting under the mirror to finish off the look.
Tiles are the obvious choice for your flooring, creating continuity with your bathroom and providing a low-maintenance option that’s easy to keep clean.
You could also opt for a tile that’s similar in colour or texture to your main bathroom, but use a different size or pattern to create a unique design. Herringbone or mosaic tiles are a great option for powder rooms if you like this look, as it’s cheaper than implementing the same style in your main bathroom.
Another choice is to continue the floorboards through from the surrounding areas in your home into the powder room. Without a bath or shower, the wet area of your powder room is significantly reduced, making floorboards a safe flooring choice for the space.
Tapware and sink
In the smaller space, your tapware and sink become the hero of your powder room design. If there was any room in the house where you give the chrome tap a miss in favour of something with a little more drama, the powder room is it!
Consider installing your tap and handles directly into the wall for an elevated look. Matte black finishes look great in this style, as do brushed-look metals.
To instantly create a statement with your sink, opt for a unit that sits on top of your custom joinery rather than sitting within the vanity. While not as practical for things like washing your face, a bowl-style sink is perfect for powder room use where guests are only washing their hands.
With less demand for storage space in your bathroom, your vanity can become more of a design feature than a functional inclusion.
Opt for some open shelving space, and display your hand lotions or rolled towels in this space. A floating vanity can also help to create the illusion of more space by keeping the floor visible.