Please show me your powder room decor :)

janealexaJanuary 3, 2012

Hello!

I've been on www.houzz.com, but most powder room pics just show 1 wall (the wall with the vanity and toilet). Just wondering what is on the other 3 walls. I'm trying to figure out how to decorate our powder room...

How did you decorate your powder room? I'd love to see pics, but I know it is hard to photograph small spaces.

Thanks in advance!

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fnmroberts

I'm linking before/after photos of ours which was updated several years ago. We replaced all fixtures and added the niche. We do have a piece of framed artwork behind the door too which is not pictured.

Here is a link that might be useful: Powder Room

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 6:44PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Ours is whacky. It is a new addition but we cut a corner off to preserve a large old tree's root systems. And we wanted it to look like it might have been used for potting or was an old work closet turned into a PR.

Probably too eclectic for 99.9%!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 8:01PM
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cattknap

Love it!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 8:05PM
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janealexa

Great pics!! Thank you for your posts!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 9:37PM
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pps7

mtnrdredux, I love it!

Here's ours. Looks bare in the pictures but feels okay in person. I guess I need to put something over the toilet!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 9:54PM
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dilly_ny

I also have been looking on houzz.com, but I did not see any powder rooms. All the bathrooms were quite large. Please let me know if you find any other good websites for visuals. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:25PM
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treasuretheday

I redid our powder room about five years ago, at the peak of my ornate phase, I guess(!) It's a bit of a strange room because due to some ductwork, the ceiling is only 7 1/2 feet tall. I took out the full wall mirror with the hollywood light bar and replaced it with a vertical mirror with sconces on either side.

This picture doesn't show much of the vanity, which is a dark cherry, but you can see the accessories on the wall beside the doorway by looking at the reflection in the mirror.

I had previously considered posting this picture with a request for suggestions for an accent color. So, if you have any ideas, let me know.

It's kind of fun to peak into other people's powder rooms! lol

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:28PM
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epressler

Here is our newly updated powder room:


    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:46PM
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newhomebuilder

Our powder room

Lower level powder room from previous home

    Bookmark   January 3, 2012 at 10:55PM
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susanka

Ours is quite small. We gave it a "shell" theme. Several of the bottles on the shelves are navy blue, and so is the towel. The bottles on the shelves are a collection of perfumes my DIL gave me. The walls are a shell pink. The basin has a shell shape. Only thing is, I didn't stop to think how fast those glass shelves would get dusty. I'm looking for a navy blue soap dispenser that doesn't take up much room; because of the faucets I need a very thin or a very short dispenser. I prefer liquid soap in a powder room.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 7:06AM
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susanka

And I didn't hold the camera high enough; the supports for the glass shelves don't show IRL like they do in the photo. I'm very short.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 7:10AM
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My3dogs

This in one that some friends and I put in my basement last year, replacing a VERY rough one that came with my 1937 cape. Most everything in is is eBay, Craigslist, or pieces that I had that I finally found a home for.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 9:25AM
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My3dogs

This is my first floor half bath that I added many years ago, as when I bought the house, it had a full bathroom in the second floor and the very rustic one in the basement/cellar. I have made my vanities from antique bureaus.

Obviously, I am a 'more is more' girl, who loves vintage and antique things. The corner toilet was given to me by a doctor when I installed a computer system in the old Victorian home he was converting to his office. He had that, plus an old pedestal sink and a claw foot bathtub in the basement where I was stringing cable. He saw that I thought they were wonderful, and said he was going to use the sink and tub in one of his homes, but asked if I'd like the toilet! I took it home in the company station wagon, and kept in in my cellar until I added the bathroom to house it.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 9:50AM
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lynxe

Very nice, everyone! I think I've gotten at least one idea for our powder room, which needs redoing, from every single one of you.

my3dogs, hats off to you for doing green walls with that reddish-toned sink base/chest and floors. So clever and well thought out. I must confess: I seriously dislike green walls, but I'd copy your powder room in a heartbeat if ours had floors like that!

mtnrdredux, please tell me what those paint colors are, including the trim on the door jamb! Floor as well - what is it? Tile? Stone? We also have a small bathroom that needs redoing, including the floor, and I haven't been able to decide on materials.

Does anyone else, particularly someone with dramatically colored walls and/or floors and/or overall decor, have images to share? What I'd like to see is how colors go with a white sink and white toilet.

janealexa, thank you for starting this discussion! Like you, I really need ideas for this room.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 10:03AM
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janealexa

BEAUTIFUL pictures everyone! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful inspiration!! It's so nice to see more than 1 wall :)

epressler, love the tiled wall behind the mirror!

treasuretheday, love it, I wouldn't change a thing! I don't think an accent color is needed!

my3dogs, love the vanities!

The painters already painted the entire house and the house is now 3/4 complete. I wish I would've thought to paint the powder a different color, or wish I wallpapered it. It's always easier in the early stages of a build :( Guess it's never too late though??

I'll try to get some pics of our powder room in progress. Would love to hear your ideas on how to decorate it!

Hope this thread will continue to generate more lovely pics!!

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 10:32AM
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gillylily

Here's our powder room:

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 11:43AM
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memazz

Here's mine with Christmas items layered into the basic decor. I still have a blank wall that needs something (second picture) but the rest of room is getting there.

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 1:00PM
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nhbaskets

Here's ours

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 9:31PM
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lynninnewmexico

Mine is a very New Mexican powder room so I'm not sure how much it will inspire you (LOL), but at least you can get an idea of how I've used local art to decorate this little room. I'll give a little info on them because many things may be unfamiliar (or just very strange) to you all. The tile and the sink itself are Talavera from Mexico, which is used a lot out here. Floors are (all) old brick. Mirror and light cover are punched tin from an artist family in Santa Fe. The mirror frame has hand-woven fabric from Chimayo, NM inserted in it under glass.

On the back of the toilet is what's called an Indian fetish bear. The santo has since been relocated. I keep the bowl filled with fresh cuttings and pine cones from the gazillion pinon pine trees on our property. I love the smell of fresh cut pinon. Above is a really special piece of primitive New Mexican art of three santos (saints . . . we love saints and angels out here ~LOL), reverse-painted on an antique window. Below it is a basket that I keep filled with more pinon cuttings. Below that is a small NM painting. On the connecting wall is a signed poster from my favorite New Mexican artist, Edward Gonzales. I took a art class from him once. Great guy. He always laughs and shakes his head that I designed my powder room around this one piece of his . . . but I love it and I did.

On the third wall, next to the door is this etagere. I collect crosses, so I have at least one in every room. On that top shelf are two of my Indian kachinas and a small bowl that holds some of the Indian pottery shards we've found on our property. The next shelf holds some extra hand towels.

Bottom part of the etagere has one of our Storyteller figures and more hand towels.

(LOL!) Like I said, this probably is a very strange or odd looking powder room . . . unless you live here in New Mexico, that is!
Lynn

    Bookmark   January 4, 2012 at 10:40PM
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hoh2010

Here's ours

The wall opposite of the sink

    Bookmark   January 5, 2012 at 9:32PM
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oceanna

If you shut this post and look center bottom, or upper right, you'll find a link in each place to our Gallery. The Gallery is for photos, and there are links there by different room names. Feel free to contribute to them. It's "inspiration picture central." I hope you enjoy them!

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's a direct link to the bathrooms thread

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 1:11AM
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janealexa

Thanks again everyone!

oceanna, thanks for the info! I've always loved your inspiration pic galleries! I started this particular thread b/c I'm curious how people decorate the other 3 walls. Most powder room pics only show 1 wall.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 3:44PM
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sochi

Many lovely powder rooms here! Here are most of my PR walls:




    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 5:19PM
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blufish

this is ours but not finished - needs moldings, towel bar, we also have a neat old milk glass soap dispenser that needs to be put up. We are using an old lamp stand for a tp holder until we find what we want but we get lots of votes for keeping it.





    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 9:45PM
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nancybee_2010

blufish, I think the lampstand/toilet paper holder is great!
And I love the rest of the room, too.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 10:37PM
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blufish

thank you very much nancybee! I think the lampstand will stay.
What nice rooms everyone has. When I was young we had only the old outhouse out back, who would have ever thought that I would be decorating a powder room in the same lifetime!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2012 at 2:03PM
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antiquesilver

Beautiful & inspirational powder rooms everyone! And Mtnrdredux, I must be in the .1% because I love yours - this coming from a woman who plans hers to have a tent-in-the-rainforest theme.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2012 at 4:34PM
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sochi

I'm in the .1% with mtnrdredux and you as well antiquesilver. Mtnrdredux has a fantastic powder room. Tent-in-the-rainforest sounds pretty cool - lots of plants I'm assuming?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2012 at 4:38PM
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antiquesilver

Sochi,
Lots of plants ( a living wall at a local nursery was the inspiration coupled with an inherent small leak problem, thus the tent), recycled green roofing slate for the floor, copper fixtures, & used Army olive drab canvas to line the walls & ceiling for the tenting. My source for cheap canvas dried up & I only have about half as much as I need to continue.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 9:11AM
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sochi

Very cool antiquesilver. I'm planning a living wall for my master bath reno, I have one in my dining room right now, I love it. Good luck getting hands on that canvas!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 9:41AM
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cat_mom

Here's our Guest bathroom. Technically not a powder room anymore, because we added a shower stall when we reno'd the bathroom (the room originally had a 2 ft deep sliding door closet at the back end; we bumped out an add'l 2 ft into the garage in order to add the shower). You can imagine it as a powder room if you ignore the shower stall (!).

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 10:37AM
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lynninnewmexico

I just have to comment on these many gorgeous powder rooms.

Mtnredux: I love, love, love everything about yours. Wacky? No, rather Individual, lovely, peaceful, brilliant.

Catmom: those sconces are gorgeous and I love how you've carried the accents of black so perfectly around the room.

Blufish: just lovely! Your mirror is my favorite. I really like it's curved top. I love the cabinet, too, and your art in there.

PPS7, your table in there is wonderful!!! Is it an antique?

My3Dogs: pure loveliness, as always. You have such a special way of putting things together.
Lynn

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 11:06AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Thank you Lynne, Sochi and Antique. I am sure some of my guest shake their heads! : )

Catmom, i like the tile accent behind the sink and around the shower stall. Very nice.

Antique we need photos!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 11:13AM
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cat_mom

Thanks Lynne and mtnrdredux!

We were able to "stretch" the accent tile by using it in 3" (?) wide strips. I think it came in 6" wide strips and it was priced by lineal ft. Our tile guy cut each piece/strip into 3" wide strips, which made it go further, and made it a more affordable or doable accent for the room (we didn't want to spend a fortune on the guest bathroom when we had two more bathrooms to reno at the time).

The sconces themselves are black, but the rest of the accents are all actually very dark brown (the vanity espresso-stained walnut). Happily, the sconces are a somewhat browny-black, and they have some faint, "rusty" highlighting in spots, so it all looks like it goes together color-wise (at least to me they do!).

I am a minimalist when it comes to decor/accessories in bathrooms, as you can tell, but I love seeing all the beautiful extras people have incorporated into their decor. Such talented people here! Not only to have an eye for items that work with regards to pure asthetics, but the vision to re-purpose items with regards to function as well takes real talent! Kudos!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 11:51AM
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roxyh

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 12:20PM
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colorblind1961

It's not so much the decorations in my Powder Room, but the ceiling...it's covered in tin and it gets more comments than any other decor in my home.

...but here is the rest of my powder room

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 1:12PM
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janealexa

Thanks again everyone for sharing! Beautiful decor!

colorblind1961, LOVE IT!!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 3:57PM
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colorblind1961

Thanks janealexa...gives you something to look at while you're busy :D

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 8:17PM
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pps7

Lynn, I just saw this post. I bought the table at an antique mall. It's an old sewing table. It's perfect to store extra toilet paper since we have a pedestal.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2012 at 10:37PM
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janealexa

Here are some progress pics of our powder room:

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 12:54AM
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jreed22

gillylilly....can you share the paint color in your powder room? I am trying to pick a paint color for our bathroom and your bathroom is the look I am trying to achieve

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 7:32AM
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sheilaaus122

They are all great- and janealeza love that vanity and espeically the chandelier!!!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 4:16PM
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janealexa

Thanks sheilaaus122!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2012 at 7:18PM
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laura mcleod

Love seeing these rooms - they are terrific! Ours is a pale vintagey green (it photographs a much stronger green than it is).

I mounted old pages from a book about dogs on basic art canvases - you can see them in the mirror reflection. I used some other small pieces for the wall as well as a flouncey curtain panel.

For the mirror, I found an old painted $5 frame I liked and had mirror cut and fit to it at the hardware store for $10 - total steal!)

    Bookmark   January 16, 2012 at 10:30AM
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janealexa

laurainlincoln, very pretty! great job on the mirror and love that ruffle window treatment:)

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 10:56AM
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newhomebuilder

Well, as long as we are showing our other bathrooms, I'll show my Guest bath. It has a touch of Oriental/Jungle theme going on.

My mother-in-law painted this

A little Tatouage surprise for guest. :)

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 2:53PM
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susanlynn2012

Oceanna, I really enjoyed viewing all the powder rooms and bathrooms to give me ideas for mine. Thank you for sharing the link.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 1:18AM
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lee676

Someone referred me to you because I'm considering one of the triangular corner commodes that you used in the picture you posted, and can't find anyone else that has one. Does it work well? Thanks - see thread below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Corner toilet

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 11:24AM
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deeinohio

Lee676:
We had a corner toilet in our previous home. It was a small bath, and the toilet was in the corner where, when the door was opened, you couldn't see it.

We raised 2 kids in that house,with that one bathroom! Never had a problem.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 11:54AM
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My3dogs

Hi Lee! Mine is old, and by Eljer. It developed a TINY crack earlier this year, which a plumber was able to fix with 2 part epoxy. I have changed the flapper a few times, and because it's old it uses more water than newer ones like yours would, but it works great!

If I was buying a new one, I'd buy a brand name and look online for reviews. They aren't easy to find but here is a link to American Std Titan, which seems to be the one you're considering. I haven't seen any other 'brand name' corner toilets out there now. I don't care for comfort height, but the Titan is the one I'd buy now.

Here is a link that might be useful: American Std 'Titan' with reviews

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 12:23PM
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lee676

thanks - that is the one i'm looking at. I'm totally in the dark as to the usual building codes that normally require a 36" wide space between the surrounding walls and/or cabinets - how would that work for something installed diagonally?

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 4:01PM
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tinan

We plan to paint the whole room (Mascarpone to match rest of downstairs - not a big change from the off white it already is) and add hardware to the vanity, but decided (after thread here) to leave the countertop - "cultured marble" it's not in the budget to replace at this time.

The vase is from overstock.com World collection, I loved it and ordered it for our mantle but it was too large for that spot.

Will probably change the art too.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 4:06PM
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