6 Popular Trends Popping Up in Powder Rooms

by Becky Harris Houzz Contributor 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…

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How to Elevate Your Bathroom With the Right Windows

by Jess McBride Houzz Contributor The bathroom has advanced far beyond its humble functional roots. Since the medieval era, when the garderobe, or toilet, brought the outhouse in from the cold, these intimate spaces have grown in sophistication to become stylish, spa-inspired havens for spiritual renewal and self-expression. A well-placed and beautifully designed window can enhance both the function and ambience of a bathroom. Create a windowscape that honors the intimacy of the space by cloaking the room in privacy as it allows in soul-nourishing natural light. Clayton & Little Architects, original photo on Houzz 1. Stained glass. Stained glass, best…

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12 Features That Bring Summery Goodness Into the Bathroom

by By Laura Gaskill Houzz Contributor Whether you’re decking out your beach house or just wish you were, here are 12 little things you can do to bring a touch of summer to the bath. Pour yourself some spa water, crank up the ocean sounds and read on. Stephanie Fortier Design, original photo on Houzz 1. Succulents. Sculptural succulents are easy to care for and look right at home in a summery bathroom. And if you choose an aloe vera plant, it can do double-duty to treat sunburns. 2. A few shells. It’s true that too many shells can veer into…

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How to Make Room for the Perfect Powder Room

by By Steven Randel Houzz Contributor At one time a luxury found only in grand homes, the powder room has become a staple in new American residences. When planned for new construction, they are often given ample space. But when you want to fit one in during a remodel or into an addition, you may have constraints. No matter what type of home you have, it helps to understand how much space is needed for these little — or not-so-little — very special rooms. Doors You can choose from a variety of types and sizes for the powder room door. It…

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Simple Pleasures: The Art of the Bath

by By Laura Gaskill Houzz Contributor The ritual of bathing has been used for health and relaxation since ancient times. Today, a relaxing bath is a simple pleasure still worth making time for. Here are ways to elevate this routine to an art with scents, salts, refreshing tubside sips and more. Add a bathtub shelf. A beautiful wooden board that fits across your tub is as helpful as it is stylish — use it to hold your book, magazine or journal and pen, as well as a small towel to dry your hands before you pick up your book. This simple…

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