Small space, big design.

The powder room is that polite little half bath near your foyer, perfect for afternoon guests and easy access for your family as they take off for the day. We believe the powder room is the most daring of all bathrooms and therefore we tend to go a bit wilder with our design choices.
(Flamboyant flamingo wallpaper, anyone?)

Today we’re sharing the story behind every powder room we create, including a bit of history from the first powder rooms ever used.


According to Elle Decor…
” The Powder Room” , Originating in noble courts as a dedicated space ( usually a closet) for freshening wigs with powder, eventually traded their powder chairs for chamber pots, then modern toilets— powder rooms eventually “trickled down into society. The Industrial Revolution created the middle class — and rooms were a way to show status and wealth.”

Throughout history, the powder room has always maintained the status of a dedicated space for refreshing.


The powder room requires convenient placement in the main level of your home, often near the entry or living area. This allows your visitors to easily find what they need without awkwardly traipsing through the rest of your home in search of the bathroom.
Your powder room will rarely contain a window to the outside world, but you will hardly notice. The expertly framed mirror above the statement pedestal sink will capture your focus every time you enter.

Additionally, your powder room will feature a few necessary amenities, such as a decorative basket on a floating shelf above the toilet. This is a great place to style and store the basics: Extra toilet paper, air freshener, a current magazine, etc.


Powder rooms are big on bold statements and small on square footage. Because they don’t contain a bathtub or shower, there aren’t any significant moisture concerns. That fact, along with the small square footage, allows us to use creative or high-end materials that you wouldn’t (traditionally) see in a bathroom, such as wallpaper, wainscoting, moody color palettes, and intricate light fixtures.


Wallpaper perfection.

We often select wallpaper that is textured or that includes reflective properties. Using either of these adds depth to a small powder room and is a popular trend in the interior design industry right now.


A circular mirror.

Using a circular or oval mirror softens the harsh lines of a powder room and feels more decorative than a square or rectangular alternative. This mirror will nearly always be flanked by wall sconces.


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