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Powder Rooms: Great Ideas to Transform Your Powder Baths for Upcoming Holidays

With the Fall and Winter Holiday Seasons upon us, it’s a great time to add some zing and lift to your powder rooms.  You’ll wow your guests with food and drink…but why not surprise them with a beautiful bathroom experience as well?

I love to decorate and design beautiful powder rooms. Today I’ve put together some beautiful ideas from around the blogosphere – as well as some of my own designs. Some projects are easy yet creative and others are a bit more challenging…but I will offer some ideas to simplify the process.

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A lovely and lively abstract wall finish from Little Green Notebook

Jenny Komenda from the Little Green Notebook blog did a fantastic, abstract finish on her powder room walls.  She had always loved Kelly Wearstler’s entryway wall finish in her home and so she set about to replicate it in her powder nath.  If you click on the photo above, you can see her step-by-step directions – plus her inspiration photo of Kelly’s home.

A powder room transformation with paint and accessories from The Inspired Room blogA simple yet very effective transformation from Melissa of The Inspired Room blog just required lots of paint, a few extra accessories and some artful wall displays.  She used white for the vanity, shelf and mirror and for the walls – Snail Shell from Martha Stewart Paints. Click the photo to read the step-by-step.

creating a gallery wall in your powder room

Click on the image to see the step by step process


Another totally fabulous (and not that expensive to do) is this gallery wall and dark painted powder room from Jenny of the Evolution of Style blog. She used Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray (BM 2062-20) – such a fabulous color for a powder room and all of the artwork was framed in gold.  This is an amazing transformation!

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Click on the photo for my step-by-step creation of this room

A beautiful powder room project I did earlier this year involved adding some beadboard, doing a stried faux finish on the walls and adding a new mirrored vanity, mirror and a beautiful window treatment for the shower. To do this in your powder room (minus the faux treatments), just add beadboard or panelled wainscoting and use a soothing aqua wall color, such as Stratford Blue from Benjamin Moore, and add a rich, damask window treatment. Click on the photo above for how I created the room.

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A deep chocolate wall finish helps set off the beautiful sink and toilet

Using a deep, rich color can add the necessary drama for a great powder room.  In this powder room that I did for a wonderful client a few years ago, we did a rich chocolate metallic plaster. We used an off white paint and then antiqued all of the moldings. A beautiful Stone Forest marble sink really becomes the focal point of the room because of the deep wall finish. I will be doing a blogpost soon about this powder room but, if you would like to accomplish a similar look – paint your room a deep chocolate.  Some great colors to use are Benjamin Moore’s Affinity colors (their Aura line):  Wenge AF-180, Barrista AF-175, French Press AF-170…or the lighter Kona AF-165.  You might also try mixing two of the colors – just add the lighter Kona to one of the darker brown paint colors.

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OK, it’s not a holiday theme, but this powder room will brighten your guests’ experiences

How about painting your powder room a bold coral color – then adding some coral stencils to your walls?  Not just for beach properties, coral motifs can work anywhere.  Great for the summertime – but very welcome in the fall and winter months when you want a burst of warmth. Canadian faux finishers, Paint a Lifestyle, did a fabulous bath with a coral color and theme.  Think of all the accessories you could use – coral guest towels, real coral on the toilet shelf, some real sea fans or seafan artwork and some coral motif fabrics for Roman shades.  The list of accessories is endless.

Some paint colors and stencil ideas…

  • Coral paint colors to consider:  Italiano Rose (Benjamin Moore 2087-30), Perky Peach (Benjamin Moore 2012-50), Ardent Coral (Sherwin Williams 6874).
  • Some stencils to use on the walls are from Designer Stencils or consider making your own stencils – here’s a great How To.
powder room transformation from Centsational Girl

Incredible Powder Room Transformation from Centsational Girl

A great wall color, a simple chair rail and a lighter lower wall color, a fabulous light fixture and bamboo Roman shade totally transformed Kate from Centsational Girl blog’s powder room. Visit Kate’s blogpost by clicking the above photo for her transformtion details.  Simple changes that yielded unbelievable results!

I will be doing more transformative powder room posts. I just love these rooms because they can take on the most dramatic changes with very little effort.  That’s a miracle in the design world (or rather in everyone’s world – as our dollars have to stretch further these days!).  Let me know what you think of these transformations!  Have you done any re-decorating in your powder or guest baths?  Let me know!  I’d love to hear about it!

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Layering in Interior Design: Some Easy Ideas that will Add Interest to Your Rooms


Most of us innately understand the art of layering in fashion – even if we think we don’t. We do it unconsciously every day. We add a sweater over a shirt and then add a scarf with a similar color scheme. We add jewelry in same colorway…plus shoes, a purse and other accesories that blend. But, when it comes to our rooms, we either err on the side of blandness – or we go overboard with too much stuff.

Creating a Delicate Balance: The photo above just seems so naturally done and that’s how the best layering in design should look.  The person whose room this is from has surrounded themselves with well-loved items and books, some natural materials – on top of a well-loved trunk. The decorative screen in the background seems to envelope whoever is in here. It just seems as if you could plunk yourself here and have a great, relaxing time thumbing through the books supplied. The pencils are there to jot down some notes and there’s a beautiful lamp that provides ample lighting in case you’re reading til the wee hours.

How do you add layers so that your room is interesting and warm – without going overboard. How do you layer effectively without looking like a room in the Restoration Hardware catalogue? In your home, you want your room to look “collected” in a natural, effortless way. Here are some ideas to help you achieve that…

beautiful guest bedroom from Southern Living

A guest bedroom layered with comfort in mind

Layer by Function: Think about who uses the room and how? What type of room is it – is it a guest room, living room, great room, kitchen?  This will help dictate some of the layering elements. In a guest room, layering can be soothing colors and smells…a welcoming robe and fluffy towels…some books and magazines…and some warmth with extra blankets and throws. Perhaps a chair and desk and some stationery…and some niceties like soaps, cologne and shampoos in a woven basket on the dresser.  The layers should be accessories and decorations that will make your guest feel at ease and very “homey.”

"Melissa Warner" living room

Add a punch of color for contrast

Layer with Color:  You can also layer by color in your rooms.  During the Christmas season you can layer with whites, golds or silvers, and/or reds and greens.  You can bring more punch and personality with a colorful piece of artwork. Add more interest to your room by layering in a contrasting color, as above in a predominantly cream and blue room designed by Melissa Warner, a punch of orange was used.  That shot of pink in the blossoms helps too!

Using multiples textures to add warmth in a room

In our great room, I added texture to the wall, floor, furnishings, accessories, window treatments and mantle

Adding Texture:  Texture doesn’t always mean just with fabrics…you can add texture on your walls (with a beautiful plaster or a stried pattern) and on your floors…think of sisal and seagrass for instance.  Adding fringe and beading to pillows and other items also adds a layer of texture.  The textured layer adds warmth to any room – it’s like giving your room a “big hug.”

Using multiple patterns in a room successfully

There are so many patterns in this room – but they all work

Layering with Patterns: Just using solid fabrics and plain vanilla wall colors can make a potentially beautiful room very boring.  You can add some zest and energy to a room by adding patterns. Think about mixing the scale of patterns (one or two large, with some medium and small) as well as the type (geometric, allover, striped, checked). The above room, designed by Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, is a perfect example of how many types of pattern you can put in a room – and it’s still beautiful…not cluttered or loud.

a shabby chic vignette on a table

Even a vignette on a table can show and reinforce your home’s style

Layering by Style: In the photo above, designed by Sandy Foster of My Shabby Streamside Studio blog, every item in the vignette shows the style of the home – Shabby Chic.  The antique bottles with minimal blossoms, the antique mirror, the lace doily, the covered books, the beadboard peeking out under the shelf – all combine to reinforce the style.  Think of things in your home’s style that you can add to complete the picture.

The Lighting Layer:  You have functional, task lighting, of course, but you can also add lighting that will amp up the interest of your room.  Use an uplight to create some drama in a dark corner. Employ a perfectly placed spotlight to highlight a piece of sculpture or important piece of art. Flickering candlelight or the glow of  a fire can add romance and warmth to a room…fast. Chandeliers and wall sconces are perfect for adding some jewlery, sparkle and personality to a room.

A living room, for example, should have multiple sources of light. Mine has 7 different lamps – 2 wall sconces, a floor lamp by an arm chair, a decorative lamp on a table between two occasional chairs, a piano lamp and 2 good-sized buffet lamps on the sofa table behind the couch. Next week I will be doing a post on all the different light fixtures in my home – so I hope that you’ll come back to see that!

ornnate plaster design on a dining room ceiling

My dining room ceiling says “me”

Layer with Personality: This is what makes the room “you.” Most of the rooms in my home tell anyone who enters who I am and what I love.  My kitchen is very French Country and you’ll see a textured range hood, roosters, toile artwork on furniture and even on my hand done backsplash.  My powder room features monkeys and pineapples, which I love. You will see decorative, artistic work that I have done in almost every room.  I definitely have my personality depicted throughout my home.  So, make sure your home looks like you had a hand in it. Show your personality, your artistry – the things that are unique to your home.

If you have collected items (teapots, plates etc), make sure that they are in a grouping together and not scattered here and there throughout the home.  You’re going for impact here!

So let me know how you’ve added layers in your home.  Your comments below might spark some additional ideas for my readers.  So – let me know what you’ve done in your home!

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