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5 Ways to bring a “WOW” factor in your powder room

Whether you own or rent, you too can have a luxurious powder room without doing a huge renovation or breaking the bank. Making a few changes and/or additions to the space will elevate its style. It’s about making smart use of the space and keeping everything to scale.

Opting for a sleek streamlined look or a traditional style, here are some ideas to make an impact in the space. Remember, keep it open and uncluttered.

Here are a few tips to take OLD to WOW:

Dress the Walls

This is the best spot to add wallpaper, and will make a statement when guests use the space. This option allows you to do an accent wall or do the whole space, in something unexpected. It can set the tone for creating an atmosphere that tells its own story from every other space in your home. As I mentioned above, remember the size of the print and the scale in comparison to the small space are important, to incorporate in your plan when updating.

If you are not a fan of wallpaper, not to worry. Either go with a bold colour and say “holy cow, I can’t believe I chose that colour” or stick to a safe neutral colour throughout the space. By doing the full space the same neutral palette, it makes it appear larger than it is. It’s your space, you must love it!

Let There be Light

Lighting has two roles – function and aesthetics. Good lighting is essential in this space. By adding a fun, funky light, adds the element of fun. Adding gorgeous, gender neutral wall scones beside the mirror adds a “wow” factor! If possible, allow as much natural light in as possible. A bonus for this space, is if you can add a dimmer switch.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Say goodbye to that standard builder’s mirror and add an element of fun & flair. Although powder rooms are small, you can pack them with a punch, by adding an unusual or even better, a unique shaped mirror. A lot of people don’t consider the mirror, however, change it and find something that you love and adds another element to your story.

Hardware & Tapware

This element is what bring the whole space together and gives it that luxurious touch. You want to ensure you consider the finish and style that keeps with the flow, with the other selections in the space. i.e.; not brass, silver and nickel all in the same space. Choose something, sleek and simple, that you love. If possible, install a pedestal sink which gives an openness and makes the space seem bigger. Good-bye old chunky vanity. Don’t forget to get towel rack or towel ring, in the same tones, as your hardware, before you mount them to the wall.

Accessories Here We Come

It’s all in the details, my friends. Let’s get started. Bring in a comfy 2 x 3 rug for in front of the sink. No soap dish – gone, gone, gone. You want the aesthetics to look and feel good. Choose a fancy fragrance soap dispenser and indulge in two or three luscious hand towels. Bring a small piece of nature in, with a small/medium size hanging plant. Hello outdoors 😊. If there is no storage, add a small modular piece of furniture on the wall and keeps a streamlined look.

You will be surprised with a few subtle additions/updates like – wow wallpaper, wall scones to die for, and amazing hardware – you will be able to transform this space completely. Remember, its all about your personality and your story in your home.

Hope these tips inspire you to makes some additions or changes. Have some fun! And know, were always just a phone call away.

Until Next Time!

Kathy

5 Tips on How to Mix Patterns like a PRO!

There are so many different patterns to choose from and it can be overwhelming for some!

Lots of people, still struggle with breaking the mold of the matchy-matchy look. I remember growing up, the curtains, sofa and pillows all matched. …yikes! Thank goodness this is almost absolute.

I get asked all the time, how do I mix patterns? Can I put stripes with flowers? Do the colours matter? How many patterns can I mix in a room?

Patterns mixing can be scary, between colour, scale and patterns, there is a lot to consider! Some decorating mistakes can be costly, and understanding some tricks of the trade will avoid this. There are some foundational elements that make pattern mixing important to keep in mind.

Our goal is to make it easy for you, here are five simple tricks to help you on your way….

Balance – Keep top of mind

  • Distribute patterns evenly
  • Use at least 3 patterns evenly in a room
  • Use colours that compliment one another
  • Balance prints of different scale; large, medium and small
  • Keep fabrics in the same colour family

Patterns – Choose ones you love

  • Ensure you don’t place too many patterns on top of each other (i.e.; damask – works with strips/solids. Florals – stripes, geometric, checks. Paisley – curtains, throws, pillows etc.)
  • Patterns don’t have to be full of different colours
  • Co-ordinating and complementing is key
  • Mix patterns with solids
  • Choose one pattern to be the dominant one

Style – There are many however, here are four to start

  • Stripes are one of the easiest to work with
  • Florals are the opposite of stripes
  • Geometrics are all about repeating simple, linear, and basic shapes
  • Organics have a lot of patterns – inspired by nature, motifs, non-geometric, including animal prints

Colour – Remember your primary colours

  • Connect at least one colour from one item to the next
  • Use your favourite colour and mix designs with the same colour hues
  • Choose complimentary colours
  • Use the colour theory wheel above to assist you
  • Mixing patterns within a restrained palette is a good way to use variety without having varying contrast

Approach – 60-30-10 (doesn’t have to be exact – but have structure of dominance)

  • Mix two or more major patterns with a small accent
  • Choose a major pattern to dominate the room
  • 60 % of a visible pattern (like a large rug)
  • Choose 30% for co-ordinating pattern (like drapes)
  • Be bold with 1% contrasting – chairs, pillows etc.

Have a strategy for mixing items. Keep your patterns straight. Solids are not considered patterns, however when trying to get a series of patterns to work together. Solids can help bring a scheme together without causing more busyness and/or a distraction.  Stripes are most designers secret weapon. (Don’t tell anyone I told you)

Mixing patterns is truly an art, there is a fine line between too-much and too-little. Always, consider function! Don’t over coordinate (I see this over and over). Remember relying on accents to support patterns. Mix and match with incorporating your style.

Now you’re off to the races…. and don’t forget to have some fun, too!

We would love to get in touch with you! Feel free to send us a note and a photo and we’ll send you some ideas. And of course, if you have any questions, comments, or would like to work with us – feel free to contact us directly by email.

Until Next Time!

Kathy