The powder room is often an inconspicuous and forgotten space within a house. This modest room is usually small and very close to the main traffic flow of the house and with so many visitors passing through its door on a weekly basis, it is important to give this space the attention it deserves when it comes to design.
It may not feel as important as the master bathroom or guest bathroom, but think again! This small space is usually one of the most used rooms within a house. That said, because it’s not the master bathroom, it’s important to create a room upgrade budget that allows for a glamorous end result without the price of a complete remodel.
As a designer, I discovered my own path to creating a stunning vanity makeover on a budget and have broken it down into five main categories. The five areas of my focus are lighting, mirrors, paint, flooring, and accessories. Let’s take a look at each one.
Turning on! Consideration of lighting is one of my favorite areas to focus on (full lighting article to be posted next week) in all of my designs. So often overlooked and hardly ever given the same attention as cabinetry and tile, this area of consideration can turn any ordinary room into something eye-catching for a relatively low price. If your budget only allows for one upgrade, I’d seriously consider adding a unique chandelier, pendant lights, or sconces to your space. Many times there is no need to upgrade or move the electrical system, so a simple change of accessories may be possible. Lighting designed for bathrooms has come a long way and the designs now available are so eye-catching that this fixture can often become the focal point of the room.
Mirrors! Just like the chandelier, the mirror you add to your bathroom can make a big statement and add to the overall feel the designer is trying to create. Gone are the days of one size fits all and in its place is a plethora of shapes, sizes, finishes and themes.
Paint! Paint is inexpensive, provides instant gratification, and with a little creativity, you can turn a tired old room into a fresh, modern space. Getting creative by using multiple colors or experimenting with glitter is one way to achieve glamour. Concealing and moody can make the space dramatic, while going light and white can make it feel larger and more inviting. If you want to go a step further, try using techniques that give the room the appearance of paneling or washed barn wood. The possibility offered by painting is truly infinite.
Flat! Like painting, the possibilities are endless. My two favorite flooring updates include the use of tile or luxury vinyl flooring throughout the space. Mosaic tiles are available in every imaginable shape, size, color, and pattern. If you want to create a flare, try adding hexagon tiles, planks, Spanish-inspired, cement, or patterned products. Do you want less commitment? LVF flooring installs quickly, is available in many sizes, colors and patterns and can be easily changed if your style needs to change over time.
Accessories! Often when people are unhappy with their vanity, they assume that a change in cabinets and countertops is the only solution to update the look. While in many cases this will help modernize a space, in many others quick fixes like lights, mirrors, and paint can give a homeowner all the impact they need. When more is needed, a great place to look for high-impact, low-budget design is the accessory. I often use accessories to create a fresh look and change up the space. Take the floating shelf, it’s available in many sizes and tints, it can be rustic or modern, it’s easy to hang and adds style to any bathroom. Rugs, towels, towel racks, flowers, candles, and wall art are all great to use to enhance the overall look and glam factor of the space.
Vanities can be small and the budget to beautify them can also be small, but with a little creativity, most vanities can be turned into something worth talking about!