Powerful powder rooms
It’s hard to take a look at Pinterest or Houzz these days without coming away with dozens of new ideas for a stylish powder room. Have you noticed? Tiny bathrooms covered in wallpaper or chic tile designs seem to be everywhere.
This bathroom from a Harlem apartment, for example, has both:
The bathroom below, in design couple Kate and Andy Spade's home, features a simple but visually interesting vertical striped wallpaper. The end result is a mix of feminine and masculine details that come together for a clean, traditional look.
This powder room by Lilly Bunn packs more of a punch with a royal blue splatter paint wallpaper and contrasting red details:
The same apartment in the Upper East Side of New York features another small bathroom for the couple's daughters that feels large and bright with the addition of cheery blue and green wallpaper and a simple white tile:
Much of what you'll find on Pinterest or Houzz is fairly feminine, but here and there a stylish powder room will pop up that's not overtly girly.
This black tiled beauty is sleek and modern and full of style:
The chevron wood flooring adds another dimension of cool, while a vintage mirror over the sink keeps the space from looking too modern.
Here's another bathroom that features black tile. These owners clearly aren't minimalists, adding a red patterned wallpaper and ornate gold frames and mirrors. A similar but less busy look could be achieved by painting the top walls a solid color and adding a frame-less mirror.
Overall, the black tile feels unexpected and a nice change of pace from the white subway tiles that have been popping up everywhere:
Not to say all white tile is boring -- quite the opposite. The dark grout in this bathroom in House and Home is a great contrast and gives the space a modern but calm vibe:
And if in doubt, or too nervous to make a change quite yet, stick to the basics with white paint and decorative details like a houseplant or Turkish towel. Simple but beautiful.