Is it Time to refresh your powder room?

Earlier this month, I was interviewed for an Apartment Therapy article about ideas on how to put the “pow” in your powder room. You may not think of a half-bath as a space to focus much design effort on, but it is an important part of the house because the half-bathroom is the guest bathroom! If you’re sending your guests to the powder room, you want the space to be clean, welcoming, and a good reflection of your home. Many updates can be simple such as swapping out hardware, lights, or even the mirror. But if you want to give the space a complete overall, it’s such a great opportunity to have some fun like this Denver powder-room I’m working on now.

If you’d like more ideas for half-bath design ideas, click to read the article on Apartment Therapy written by Wendy Helfenbaum.

Get Creative With an Accent Wall


A powder room doesn’t seem like a room to spend a lot of time thinking about, but it’s often the bathroom your guests will visit most often. It’s a small area but there’s still a big opportunity to affect the look of the space.  For our house, the powder room is the only bathroom on the first floor and absolutely gets the most traffic.  When we moved into the house, the bathroom walls were covered in gorgeous dark blue floral wallpaper.  Although you could tell the wallpaper was old, it was almost as though the design had cycled itself back in style. I do think wallpaper is becoming trendy again and I actually considered working with the paper and removing all but one wall of it. In the end, I decided the paper was too dark for a small space and I opted to lighten up the room.

I played off my original idea of focusing on one accent wall, but rather than wallpaper we decided to feature beautiful wood panels. We used boards of Beetle Kill pine with a stain to bring out the natural greys & amber of the wood and painted the remaining three walls with a light, refreshing green.  We replaced the light fixture with a vintage-looking wall sconce and put up a new scalloped-edge mirror that helped further soften the space.  The powder room is the smallest room of our house, but clearly isn’t one we overlooked. I’m now happy that the powder room is the most convenient bathroom option for our guests to use.


Paint: BEHR Bayberry Frost

Light: Hudson Valley Lighting ~ Keswick 1-Light Wall Sconce in Polished Chrome