Powder Room Makeover

by Jane VanOsdol on May 31, 2011

If you love the traditional home décor look, here’s a gem of an idea for a small powder room. Install three classic features in your bathroom that will still allow you plenty of options to change things up as you go through the years.

The nice thing about traditional décor is that it’s always in style. You can help emphasize this type of décor in a small powder room of an older home by doing the following things.

The first way to do that is by installing beaded board wainscoting on the lower half of all the walls in the bathroom. This is a timeless look and one that will usually match the overall style of the rest of an older home. Painting the wainscoting a fresh, crisp white will brighten up the small space. You can’t go wrong with wainscoting—it’s not a trend, but a look that has stood the test of time.

Next you need to consider the flooring. Since a powder room is usually a smaller room, if you can afford it, splurge and install a quality classic tile, such as a hexagonal, subway tile or marble tile, just to name a few. Installing a quality tile now will save you money in the long run, because you’ll avoid the expense of having to replace the flooring when you redecorate. If you’re lucky enough to already have a quality tile installed, then all you may need to do is to call a tile refinishing expert to have it cleaned or repaired.

Your final expense will be to install a classic sink and vanity that will last for years too. If you don’t need the storage, you could opt for an elegant pedestal sink that will forever maintain its appeal. If you do need the storage, then opt for a classic wood vanity with a sink that will also stand the test of time.

Once you have these three elements in place in your bathroom, redecorating or updating the bathroom becomes a fairly easy and inexpensive home improvement. You can choose to either paint the walls above the wainscoting or to wallpaper that area, and remember; it’s only the top half of the walls that you’ll have to do, which won’t add up to much paint or wallpaper. You can also change the lighting if you want. The rest of the updating will mainly be in accessories—rugs, towels, and any vases or other knick-knacks that you choose to decorate with.

Installing these three features of beaded board wainscoting, tile (or tile refinishing) and a traditional sink gives you a classic canvas to work off—and one that will maintain its fresh appeal through the years.

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