How to: Dramatic Powder Room Makeovers

A guest bathroom or powder room is an excellent starting place to begin a home makeover; it can be done on a relatively small budget and you get a chance to develop you personal interior design skills without committing to a large project.  Whether you choose a modern pedestal sink or a great bathroom vanity for the powder room, your guests will appreciate the care taken to make this a warm and inviting space.

Visitors typically visit the powder room by themselves and this gives them more of an opportunity to take in the interior design details.  Hospitality shines in the guest bathroom and it takes just a couple of splurges on extravagant fixtures to make an impact your guests will remember.  A well-appointed powder room needs a great sink, faucet and cabinet with a large mirror, plus the toilet.  If you are working on a budget, check thrift stores for sinks from remodeled homes and look for an antique dresser or buffet you can refinish and use as a vanity.

Decorative paint finishes, like subtle layering of glazed, add a designer’s touch without the expense.  Choose colors that harmonize with the rest of your home to reinforce your color scheme.  A spectacular mirror replacing an ugly wall-mounted medicine cabinet will add a dramatic touch to your powder room.  Because of the small area you can splurge on flooring, large ceramic tiles that look like stone, marble or even wood can make a powder room look elegant without being too expensive.  Think about using nontraditional lighting in the powder room; maybe a chandelier would make a statement.  Wall sconces are anther subtle lighting choice that works well in a powder room.

Finally, remember to have scented hand soap by the sink and plenty of pretty towels available. Try using an essential oil diffuser to give the bathroom a subtle fragrance rather than spray air freshener; these are irritating to those of us with allergies.  Remember it’s the little things that make your guests feel welcome, and warm and inviting can go a long way to making you guests feel at home.