Updating A Family Home: Powder Bath

Although it may be the smallest room we worked on, the Powder Bath of this Family Home redesign is definitely the most dramatic update.

All About Function

By Powder Bath standards, at 8 ‘x 8’, this space is fairly large. The room is located just off the Kitchen, around the corner from the Living Room, down a hallway leading to the Garage entrance. It has a window which brought lots of light into the space.  A stand-up shower is tucked away in the corner for use by any family member coming in from a dirty day working on the property.  The homeowners built this house for the way they want to live and they put in a lot of thought for how it functions.


The homeowner likes wallpaper (and anyone who has read my blog knows I LOVE wallpaper).  This embossed wallpaper in a red clay-colored background flows with the kitchen and brown damask accents. It is striking and dramatic as it should be in Powder Bath. These are small spaces where you can go bold without overwhelming your entire home.

A custom valance sits on the small window with a roller shade underneath for privacy.

The fixtures started out as pretty basic – a pedestal sink, toilet, and fiberglass shower. We replaced the pedestal sink with a furniture style vanity with a granite top and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures. We finished off this area with a decorative mirror and two wall sconces. Replacing the toilet with an elongated one allowed us to incorporate an energy-efficient flushing system.

Embellishing Ready-Made Panels

For the window and shower stall, we customized store-bought grommet drapery panels in a forgiving knit by embellishing with a fabulous fringe. A brown honeycomb shade is able to hide under the valances.

Finishing Touches

Finishing touches include original artwork with a light background that breaks up the wallpaper and an etegere finished off with soaps, candles, and towels.

A lot of thought went into this space, and the homeowners’ guests will feel truly welcome! Enjoy!

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