But there’s so much potential hiding in this small space, according to Nashville-based designer Lori Paranjape, and little changes can have a big impact. From hardware to lighting to some of the most fabulous wallpaper we've seen, Paranjape shares her top six tips and tricks to upgrade your bathroom.
“The quickest — and cheapest — way to make the powder room feel refreshed is adding a new accent color in the form of new hand towels, luxury hand soap and a bright candle,” Paranjape says. This approach is simple and inexpensive and, best of all, a quick fix.
The powder room can be the perfect spot to incorporate a vintage rug. "When you go vintage, you get the built-in durability of an older rug," she explains. "It's not pristine and prone to showing every drop of water, so a small 2x3 vintage style is perfect for the powder room floor."
Depending on the age of your house, the hardware may be original and quite possibly, builder-grade. Paranjape sees this as a great excuse to splurge on a chic new towel ring and toilet paper holder. "They are two things you use and touch daily, so make them fabulous."
"If you've been wanting to participate in the gold rush, the powder room is a safe place to play. Change your faucet out to the brass you've been envying without needing to commit to the whole house."
One of Paranjape's favorite ways to change the mood of a space is with new lighting. "In a tiny powder bath, lighting makes a huge difference. Change your vanity light, or add a chandelier to the ceiling — brilliant!"
Pass the Paper
But there's one upgrade tactic she prefers over everything else: fresh wallpaper. "Go for something daring and a little outside if your comfort zone," she stresses. "A powder room is tiny and a great place to really go for it with pattern and color. I like to think of the powder room as a jewel box, so glam it up!"