by Becky Harris
A powder room is usually the smallest room in the house, but it’s often the biggest design opportunity. Because it hides behind a closed door, it’s a chance to do something starkly different from the rest of the home. Here are the 6 most popular powder room photos uploaded to Houzz from April to June of this year, measured by the number of people who saved them to their ideabooks during that period. They illustrate some major trends we’ve seen around Houzz lately.
Constructionologists, original photo on Houzz
1. A sculptural touch. Tiny powder rooms don’t offer much of a chance for sculpture unless you get creative. This modern take on an antler chandelier is the star of this room, while a chic round mirror and 3D walls are strong supporting players.
Eurodale Developments Inc, original photo on Houzz
2. Dark walls. A small powder room is a good spot to experiment with today’s popular navys and indigos, charcoals and true black paints and wallcoverings.
Bonus points: That’s the most beautiful P-trap (the pipe under the sink) that I’ve ever seen. Little details matter in a powder room.
G Family Inc, original photo on Houzz
3. Fixtures in antique brass. This trend goes hand in hand with the dark wall trend. The contrast of light and dark warmed by this aged finish is popular among Houzz users now.
Carolyn Reyes, original photo on Houzz
4. Floral wallpaper. Whether realistic Victorian roses or oversize abstract blooms, flowers are flourishing in powder rooms.
The good news is that you can splurge on a more expensive wallcovering because you don’t have many square feet to cover in a tiny powder room.
L’Essenziale Home Designs, original photo on Houzz
5. Tile that really counts. Tiling the walls around the toilet makes them easier to clean than other options, and it’s a pretty choice. In this Russian powder room, the beautiful blue glaze distracts you from the room’s narrowness.
Bonus points: This room also has a streamlined toilet, something we found was trending with designers and homeowners when we looked at designers’ go-to loos.
Yuri Grishko, original photo on Houzz
6. An accent wall. Tile and wallcovering can also be used to create a striking feature wall. This narrow wall behind the loo makes a statement thanks to beautiful tile in blue and white.