Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Powder Room

Often neglected due to lack of space and decorating options, powder rooms can sometimes seem dark and dreary, but we urge you not to forget this space!

By Keelan Happel

 

Everyone wants that Pinterest-worthy powder room, but you may think there’s no way you could ever have one with the limited space and resources you have available.

 

There’s no reason to think that way! With just a few updates, you can have that picture-perfect bathroom you’ll be proud to show off.

 

Bathroom renovations can be expensive, but you don’t need to break the bank to revamp your powder room. With a few minor décor updates, you can instantly change your space without needing a chunk of change. Here are some designer tips for creating a powder room you’ll want to pin online.

 

Never Underestimate the Power of Paint

Paint is the quickest and most inexpensive way to immediately alter the look of a room. Whether you dare to be bold and use a bright jewel-tone color, or you go with a soft hue to create a serene escape, painting the walls, or even just the vanity, can make a big impact! Trending colors for bathrooms right now are Benjamin Moore “Very Green” for those who want a pop of color, and Benjamin Moore “Solitude” for those who prefer a softer look. When buying paint for a powder room, buy either a satin or semi-gloss finish because they’re easy to clean.

 

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Dare to Wallpaper

Wallpaper is always a great and fun update to any room, especially a small one, like a bathroom. Wallpapering larger spaces of your home can be quite pricey and add up quickly with installation costs, so bathrooms are a nice way to utilize some of the amazing wallpapers in the marketplace without spending a fortune. A powder room may only need four rolls of wallpaper to cover the entire space! Don’t be afraid to play with colors, patterns, and scale in a small area, as tight quarters can get away with having wow-factor wallpapers that really pack a punch!

 

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Think Outside That Ordinary Rectangular Box

More often than not, powder rooms are tight spaces, so there’s not much wall space to decorate. This leaves many of us with just the small space above the sink, which is usually reserved for mirrors, to incorporate some style. Instead of using that ordinary rectangular vanity mirror, find a piece that is a combination of art and function. Sunburst mirrors are great for tight spaces since they take up less space and also function as art and sculpture!

 

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Window Treatments for Privacy & Style

Since your powder room is likely on the first floor of your home, window treatments are a must! However, you don’t want drapes that are too heavy in this room. Sheer white roman shades can provide you with the perfect amount of privacy and light. Add some color with a contrasting trim on the borders of your fabric to enhance the look. Another great option are blinds made out of natural materials like bamboo to help set the perfect amount of soft light in the room. Another great design secret is to re-cover your shades with a fun fabric to give your space that unexpected pop it just might need!

 

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Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

There’s a reason designers always say lighting is everything! If you have overhead lighting, make sure to use a soft white bulb to avoid too much brightness. When in a bathroom, you want to avoid giving your guests and yourself the feeling of being under a spotlight!

 

Sconces in a powder room are always a bonus, and they give off the perfect amount of eye-level light one needs to check themselves out in the mirror.

 

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Often neglected due to lack of space and decorating options, powder rooms can sometimes seem dark and dreary, but we urge you not to forget this space! After all, this is the main bathroom your guests use. You should consider your powder room to be just as important to the overall look and character of your home as its façade.

 

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For more bathroom upgrades read on to our article 6 Master Bathroom Upgrades You Need This Year.