Powder rooms are intimate and private spaces that reflect the style of your home. They are also the great equalizers. No matter how large or small your home is, powder rooms (generally), are approximately the same size. Adding the right embellishments and detail provides another opportunity to show buyers you care about your home.
Here are some considerations:
Create a focal point
Your goal is to draw attention toward the sink area. One option is to apply a new paint finish to the existing cabinetry. This is usually more cost effective than changing out the whole vanity, sink and fixtures. Adding updated hardware can transform a standard cabinet to look like a custom vanity.
If the budget allows, a new countertop and sink can update a vanity that is in good shape. A great way to cut costs is to purchase a leftover piece of quartz or stone from a local distributor for a new countertop. They often have popular remnants in neutral colors leftover from bigger projects. The entire installation process can be done for a fraction of the cost of an entirely new custom vanity.
Adding a new sink – whether it’s a state-of-the-art vessel sink or an under mount sink or molded sink/counter combination can complete the entire design element.
Pedestal sinks are another cost effective option. Be sure there is adequate storage for additional toiletries nearby.
Ceramic or porcelain tiles as well as natural stone floors are always popular choices in a bathroom, but if you have existing wood flooring, it’s not necessary to change. A powder room receives less traffic, and a properly treated wood floor can be resistant to moisture penetration and less prone to scratches.
A decorative framed mirror can serve to further accent the vanity. You can either purchase a new one, or a frame can be built around a wall mounted mirror using trim molding placed around the edges.
Just like any other space, lighting is critical. Changing out the fixture can add both style and mood to this intimate space (especially if you still have the old “Hollywood Lights” screaming 1970’s & 1980’s!). Consider sconces on either side of the mirror, or a light fixture above the mirror. If the only light source is on the ceiling, consider a stylish little chandelier.
A fresh coat of paint on the walls goes a long way. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective, making any space feel open and airy. Additionally, light colors amplify the effect of natural light. (which everyone loves!) The opposite can work as well, deep colors can give a rich and intimate feel to a small space.
Little Amenities Make a Big Impact
Toilet tissue dispensers can be hung on the wall, but should be up to date. Other options are to place some rolls in a pretty container (like a basket) or a toilet tissue stand near the commode.
Most people prefer to use hand cleanser out of a dispenser. A decorative dispenser is more sanitary and eliminates the mess of a bar of soap.
Placing luxurious hand towels nearby, either on a shelf or in a basket on the sink will create a spa like environment.
A pretty rug in front of the vanity, beautiful bath accessories and a special piece of artwork is all that is needed to complete the picture and provide a lasting impression.
Toilet bowl brushes or plungers are not decorative accessories! Keep this little room clean and free of clutter. Store any necessary tools behind closed doors in an accessible location.
A waste basket should be convenient but not the center of attention.