New style bathroom Designs
A gracious host makes guests feel welcome — whether they’re staying for a few hours or a few days.
Creating spaces that are comfortable and inspiring makes that task easier.
While it’s easy to focus your decorating attention on your home’s main gathering spots — the kitchen and dining or living rooms — don’t overlook the powder bathroom.
Statement-making wallcoverings and thoughtful accessories and details can transform the small space into something spectacular.
The Home Team
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This month’s team:
Flann Harris and Tiffany Taylor of Scout Design Studio, Dallas, scoutdesignstudio.com
Emily Sheehan Hewett of A Well Dressed Home, Dallas, awelldressedhome.com
Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25, Dallas, studioten25.com
Elaine Williamson-Romero of Elaine Williamson Designs, Dallas, elainewilliamsondesigns.com
Flann Harris and Tiffany Taylor, Scout Design Studio, Dallas
A powder bath is the perfect place to take risks and have fun.
Take advantage of the room’s small size and go for big, bold style that might break the bank or overpower larger spaces in your home, say Flann Harris and Tiffany Taylor.
“Wow guests with whimsical wallpaper, a striking mirror and out-of-this-world accessories.”
All in the details
Emily Sheehan Hewett, A Well Dressed Home, Dallas
Thoughtful touches go a long way toward impressing your guests.
“Make them feel at home with the essentials such as fragrant soaps and toiletries, ” says Hewett, who often encourages clients to install bold wallcoverings in bathrooms.
Fresh flowers are a must, she says. And consider monogrammed hand towels and even a luxe robe.
“But be careful with luxuries like this; your guests may never want to leave, ” warns Hewett.
Abbe Fenimore, Studio Ten 25, Dallas
Because a powder bathroom is typically small, it’s the ideal place to play with color and pattern, says Abbe Fenimore.
Using wallpaper or a bold paint color will make the most of the space.
“Bold wallpaper is my favorite way to take a powder bathroom to the next level, and the room becomes a conversation-starter, too, ” the Dallas designer says.
To make your guests feel special and welcome, offer great lighting and high-quality linens.