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Trend Alert: Why It’s OK to Take a Design Risk in the Powder Room

Posted by Daltile Team on May 25, 2016 10:25:06 AM

The trend of the bold powder room is gaining momentum as the year moves forward. But if you are finding it difficult to believe you can really take a risk on some crazy design in the powder room, we’re here to tell you it’s ok. Here’s why.Powder room featured in THE NEW AMERICAN HOME

#1 Shut the Door

The door to the powder room is generally kept closed because it gets in the way otherwise. A shut door is the perfect opportunity to deviate from the design scheme of the rest of the house.

Elements of the unexpected here and there throughout the house become its best features and bring out a little personality that sets the entire home apart. The laundry room is another area of the house that it’s ok to take some risks.

Still concerned about going outside the box? Keep the bottom half of the walls traditional then add a chair rail and go crazy on the top half of the walls. This keeps the powder room centered in tradition but has some room for fun too.

#2 Small Space

Though small, the powder room can be the showpiece of the first floor. It’s like a little hidden treasure that brings intrigue and elegance to the entire house.

Because it is a small space, you can put the zebra print wallpaper or a 3D geometric wall tile all over and it won’t become overwhelming. You don’t have to worry about trying to make the room feel larger than it is because it is expected to be small and feel small.

Bold patterns and colors can be broken up with a framed mirror over the sink or accents like chair rail, crown molding, or a deco tile. Change up finishes so there is both some matte and some polished to provide visual depth. A mosaic tile floor lets you play with different patterns and custom designs for an interesting break in the design.

#3 Vanity Bathroom

The powder room is probably the least used bathroom in the house. And for that reason, you can do things design-wise in the powder room that are more difficult to do in traditional bathrooms. Yes, the powder room is convenient, especially when you have guests, but it’s like the sitting room—mostly for show.

No bathing means low-moisture so you can put in wallpaper or marble without too much worry. You don’t have to think as much about cleanability or durability as you do with everyday use bathrooms so you can afford to be a bit extravagant.

Go off the beaten path with your powder room design. Make this corner of your home a little surprising breath of fresh air.

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Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Wall Tile, Design

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