Remodeling Powder Rooms for Maximum
Effect on Visitors
By Jeanette Joy Fisher
Remodeling or redecorating your powder room, which is
the bathroom your guests will most often see (as opposed
to your master bathroom, which is strictly for you)
takes some thought and careful planning in order to
create a strong positive impression on visitors to your
home. Here are a few tips to bear in mind as you go
about creating an impressive powder room.
||First, be consistent in your
choice of materials, styles, and colors. It's
important that the things you add to your powder
room blend with the style and period of your home.
If you live in a Victorian home, for instance,
don't try to turn your powder room into an
ultra-modern spectacular. Stay within the dictates
of your home's overall feel and style, and work
with it to create an inviting atmosphere. Don't
try to transform your powder room into something
it's not. It will be disconcerting to your guests
because it will feel incongruous.
Since you want your guests to be impressed, keep them
in mind when remodeling your powder room. Use well
designed, functional materials and fixtures, because
they'll say something positive about you. For instance,
consider providing a space where female visitors can set
their handbags, such as an open countertop or shelf.
It's a subtle way to let them know you're interested in
their comfort and convenience.
Keep the mood in your powder room light and inviting.
Use bright, shiny, low maintenance materials on
countertops. For instance, quartz countertops are easy
to take care of and always looks shiny and clean. Your
goal is to create a feeling of cleanliness and comfort
without constantly having to clean countertops in your
Fill the powder room with plenty of light. Given the
choice, it's better to err on the side of too much
light. You can always add a dimmer switch if someone
doesn't care for the brightness in the room.
Great-looking light fixtures are one of the least
expensive things you can do to make a dramatic statement
in a powder room. A lighted switch by the door is also a
nice addition, and will be especially appreciated by
visitors who've never been to your home before. It will
allow them to easily find the lights upon their first
visit to the powder room.
Another relatively inexpensive way to make a large
difference is to pay close attention to the walls.
They're generally much smaller than the walls in other
parts of your home, so they'll take much less effort to
paint. You can make a bolder statement with your
painting color scheme without overwhelming your guests.
Because guests spend little time in the powder room,
bold colors make a lasting impact and make your guest
look great. People look beautiful surrounded by color.
Splurge on a new mirror, especially if you have an old
small medicine chest above the sink -- the type with a
stainless steal frame. These old-fashioned medicine
cabinets really date a home. Replace with a mirror
spanning the wall all the way up to the ceiling. Or,
look for an extra large framed mirror and paint the
frame to match your colors.
It may be a small room, but your powder room can create
a powerful impression on your guests, so give it careful
consideration when you begin your remodeling project.
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