Anyone who knows me understands that when it comes to dealing with color, more is always better. So, with that said, I frequently see a lot of small rooms, such as a powder room neglected and inadequately designed with no color – period! However, last week, I posted on how I turned my small powder room into a definite wow factor. Regardless, if it is a small area, I always feel that it still should be styled to become part of the home. Powder rooms have been around forever and are generally used by guests, which I do keep in mind when this type of area is part of a design project. Moreover, there are four main factors that I like to see within this type of space, and this does not include the toilet because that is a must – but a great backdrop, lighting, mirror, and sink.

I do not mean just any backdrop, lighting, mirror or sink, but something beyond extraordinarily transcending. Even though modernism will always be at the center of my heart, and I have seen some of the most fantastically designed modern powder rooms, I still like to see how other styles look with over-the-top intricate detailing as well. All my guests who admire my powder room, especially during Holidays, it always seems to become the talk of many conversations. One of the main reasons why I decided to incorporate a variety of different colors is because when I get ready to revamp, which is coming soon, I will not have to spend much time searching out a varied color palette.

Design Tip: When working with a powder room, before designing, make sure that there is a solid backdrop (interior walls, specific flooring, and ceiling) in place. In doing this, when it is time for a revamp, the foundation for the design will be in place, and it will only require switching out the decorative objects.

Different styles can fall under these four categories: Classic, Contemporary, Eclectic, or Modern. Also, even though minimal, global, glam, preppy, coastal, and farmhouse is not in the images below, they can easily be incorporated to create a beautifully designed powder room.

1. Victorian

2. Modern

3. Mediterranean

4. Contemporary

5. Southwestern

6. Mid-century

7. Eclectic

8. Rustic

9. Transitional

10. Scandinavian

11. Traditional

12. Beach Style

13. Asian

14. Industrial


Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is – designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

She lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.