Powder Room Horror

The other day I was over at a friend’s house who is currently renting while renovating her own house.  The powder room in her rental was completely redone right before she moved in 8 months ago.

Most tiny , ugly bathroom...

Most tiny , ugly bathroom...

Most tiny, ugly bathroom part two... What is up with the river rock ledge???

Most tiny, ugly bathroom part two... What is up with the river rock ledge???

Seriously!

Seriously!

What was the landlord thinking!  I have to say that this powder room is officially the most unattractive bathroom I have ever been in.  Aside from just bad looks, it is not very functional either.  Looking at this bathroom actually made me sad as good design doesn't need to cost any more than bad design.  Had this landlord hired a designer just for a concept so many permanent mistakes could have been avoided.  

Powder rooms really are quite simple – all they require is a toilet, a vanity (hopefully with storage), lighting, and a mirror.  It is what we select and how we pull it together along with a wall treatment and a floor treatment that can really make a powder room sing!  Even the tightest budget can work wonders in the powder room – especially if you are a bit handy.

Keeping budget and space in mind here are a few powder rooms that look fantastic.  

What a fun powder room!

What a fun powder room!

1. Ung Drill Mirror $24.99, Ikea  2. Villa Fiori $240/per roll, Gaston Y Daniela  3.  Boulevard sink including pedestal $209, Home Depot  4. Millennium faucet $208, Kingston Brass  5. Contour Single Sconce $49, West Elm

1. Ung Drill Mirror $24.99, Ikea  2. Villa Fiori $240/per roll, Gaston Y Daniela  3.  Boulevard sink including pedestal $209, Home Depot  4. Millennium faucet $208, Kingston Brass  5. Contour Single Sconce $49, West Elm

A simple, clean bathroom.

A simple, clean bathroom.

1. Dolle walnut floating shelf $33.99, Bluestone Shelves 2. American Imaginations sink $246.75, Home Depot 3. Metropolitan glass tiles in Juno $27.50/sqft, Mosaic Tile USA 4. Frameless mirror $14.99, Target 5. Gold Lotus pendant $99.99, World Market

1. Dolle walnut floating shelf $33.99, Bluestone Shelves 2. American Imaginations sink $246.75, Home Depot 3. Metropolitan glass tiles in Juno $27.50/sqft, Mosaic Tile USA 4. Frameless mirror $14.99, Target 5. Gold Lotus pendant $99.99, World Market

Another beautiful powder room.

Another beautiful powder room.

A much loved bathroom on pinterest that could easily translate into a powder room.

A much loved bathroom on pinterest that could easily translate into a powder room.

These are just a few examples of powder rooms that have been done right along with helpful hints and sources to demonstrate how little some of these bathrooms can cost.

Remember, good design doesn’t need to cost any more than bad design.  It might require a bit more thought and planning but isn’t it worth it?