Our powder room is off of the kitchen and I would definitely categorize it as a high traffic area, especially when we entertain guests, and even more so in the summer when we come in and out from the pool out back.
When we originally bought our home, we had both the first floor and second floor almost completely repainted: trim, crown molding, ceilings, and walls. This powder room was already wallpapered in a neutral stripe and was one of the areas we left alone and didn’t have painted, because at the time it was still in good shape.
Over the last few years, the wallpaper began to start to separate at the seams and we knew it was time for a refresh. We wanted to give adequate TLC and attention to detail when redoing this highly used space, without spending too much money or time on a small room.
Here are some before and in-progress pictures of the space:
Once we were ready to take on this project, I created a vision board for what I was picturing for the final product. My husband rarely has an opinion on the aesthetics or decor aspect of our home projects, so he trusts me to make my selections and decisions, and has yet to ever disapprove of the end result. The overall style and color scheme for this room ties in with other palates and decor throughout our house already.
And here is my vision brought to life:
It is now such a cheery little space. I love walking past it every morning with my coffee as there is so much wonderful natural light that streams through, especially with the new window treatment. I love blues and I really wanted to carry my love for blue throughout adjacent parts of our home, so I chose the powder room next. I think choosing a common color in multiple shades can make a big impact, even in a small space.
Once the wallpaper was removed, I gave the walls a good cleaning, some patching, and a fresh coat of paint. I love the soft neutral hue of Benjamin Moore’s “Pale Oak”. It was a subtle but needed update.
To add in color, I chose this fun blue for the accents- Benjamin Moore’s “Little Falls.” I primed and painted the existing vanity and wall mirror frame myself, and just switched out the knobs. That decision saved a lot of money and labor installing a new vanity. It was an easy one to make, since they were both classic in structure and versatile enough to transition to the new “look”.
I have loved this tranquil light fixture since the moment I saw it. I think the lamp shades add an extra touch of coziness that is unexpected for a bathroom but doesn’t feel out of place. I linked the exact one, along with the coordinating bathroom fixtures in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app.
All the decor, including the chinoiserie, wall art, hand towels, soap, etc. were found at my local Home Goods and Hobby Lobby, so it can’t be linked for purchase.
I did find the natural cane basket as a two pack from Better Home & Gardens. I bought two sets so I’ll be using the extra baskets for under-the-sink storage and in other rooms of the house. They are great quality for the price!
I’m not an expert on interior design. But I know what I like and once I have an idea I’m ready to execute. This was such an easy and quick project but brought such a refreshing breath to this area of our home. If you have been debating on giving your small room a little makeover, definitely try it out. It even cost less than I had originally budgeted for, as well!