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the Powder Room: from Builder Grade to Designer Grade

I LOVE decorating powder rooms! Why you ask? Because a little goes a LONG way. For this powder room my client wanted something to brighten up this dark, drab, windowless room that everyone who came to their house visited. They wanted something traditional but with a bit of drama. While many mass builders today build to the absolute minimum (little to no craftsmanship details), the silver lining is you have the ultimate blank canvas to work with. The before and after of this transformation is one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy!

A blue and white new traditional powder room
A Navy Priano Wallpapered Powder Room


Builder grade blah. When I first saw this room, one of the only two lightbulbs was out in the dated and dusty vanity fixture above the sink. The space had just enough light to find the commode.


I loved the fresh feel of this bathroom. In general, it was a little too 'coastal' for my client, but we loved the wainscotting and the idea of having a bold wallpaper in a portion of the powder room, but not floor to ceiling.

Designed by Kellynan


This powder room is centrally located on the first floor of the house. Given it's proximity in the house, we wanted to make sure this room tied the rest of the first floor together. Navy blue was a common color throughout which is why we went with Serena and Lily's Priano wallpaper in Navy. I selected Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace for the wainscoting to compliment the bright white in the wallpaper.


A light and bright powder room welcoming to any guest! The addition of crown molding and wainscotting immediately elevated the room. We went with a somewhat glamorous mirror complimented by new traditional hardware in champagne bronze/brass. We also added dimmers to the vanity light so your guests can find the powder room while you're entertaining #details.

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