During the 18th Century, a powder room referred to a tiny room where people went to have their wigs re-powdered. Powder rooms were still used through the Victorian period as well, but the definition of powder room changed to mean a general bathroom. Women would discretely excuse themselves from company by going to “powder their noses” in the powder room. Though the uses for a powder room have changed over time, the exclusive privacy they provide has remained the same.
Powder rooms in today’s homes offer a myriad of design possibilities. Unlike historical powder rooms, they can include design elements of furniture such as decorative vanities. Vanities offer storage space for towels and other toiletries. However, they can also serve as a design statement.
Powder Room Vanity Countertops | Design Ideas
Powder Room Vanity Countertops can be designed to stand out or to bring balance to the space.
In the Asian-inspired powder room pictured above, the stained cherry wood countertop does both. Teakwood Builders designed the vanity to balance with the dark wall trim, although a custom edge profile on the countertop makes the vanity stand out.
Vawn Greany and Trisha Gaffney of Collaborative Interiors designed Sapele Mahogany wood countertop to serve as the vanity for a vessel sink. The simple color palette mixed with the rich colors of the wood create a statement.
Each component of this powder room only reaches its full potential when combined with all the components as a whole. The lovely wallpaper has flecks of colors that pick up the balance of design elements and the bright red vanity base adds a vibrant pop of color. The American Beech wood vanity top is accented with the bright and neutral tones of the wall paper.
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