Do The Rules Apply When Designing a Powder Room?

When it comes to designing a powder room, there are some general rules that can help you create a functional and stylish space. However, as with any design project, there are also opportunities to break the rules and let your creativity shine. In this blog, we’ll explore whether the rules apply when designing a powder room.


Rule #1: Keep it Simple

One common rule when it comes to powder room design is to keep things simple. Given the small size of these spaces, a minimalist approach can help create a sense of spaciousness. This may involve using a neutral colour palette, avoiding clutter, and selecting streamlined fixtures and accessories.

However, this rule is not set in stone. Depending on your personal style and preferences, you may choose to incorporate bold colours, patterns, or statement pieces to create a more dramatic look. While simplicity can be a safe and timeless option, breaking this rule can lead to a truly unique and memorable space.

The photo above shows how we incorporated a custom made angled steel divider to provide texture, drama and more importantly it sections off the toilet visually from the vanity and mirror.

The Powder Room is a space we only spend short amounts of time in, which gives us the ideal opportunity to use bold dark materials creates a memorable space.  Here a combination of dark textured tiles and wallpaper have been used to create a moody impact.

Rule #2: Focus on Functionality

Another important rule when designing a powder room is to prioritise functionality. Since these spaces are typically used for quick trips to the bathroom, it’s important to ensure that the layout and fixtures are convenient and practical.

This rule is still relevant when it comes to designing a powder room, but it doesn’t mean sacrificing style. There are many stylish options for fixtures and accessories that can also be functional. For example, we designed a sleek vanity which stretched across the whole wall of this generously sized powder room, with a metal basin and a couple of drawers for hiding away those bathroom essentials.


Rule #3: Use Lighting to Enhance the Space

Lighting is a crucial element in powder room design, as it can impact both the functionality and aesthetics of the space. Proper lighting can help create a bright and inviting atmosphere, while also highlighting key features and design elements.

While this rule is important to keep in mind, it’s also an opportunity to get creative with lighting. For example, instead of using traditional overhead lighting, you may choose to install statement pendant lights or sconces to add a unique touch to the space.


In conclusion, while there are some general rules to keep in mind when designing a powder room, there is also room for creativity and personalisation. By balancing functionality with style and exploring unique design elements, you can create a powder room that’s both practical and memorable. So go ahead, break the rules and create a space that truly reflects your style and personality.

All images are from NM Design projects.