Powder room is a dry bathroom comprising only the wash basin and the water closet. In other words, this form of the bathroom does not provide bathing facility. The primary purpose of the powder room is to serve guests. This makes it essential for this room to be planned proximate and easily accessible from the formal spaces of the home. Moreover, it ensures complete privacy of the bedrooms and other personal zones of the home.
The powder room has become an essential part of home design as it takes up very little space and adds great value. Recent trends show that the powder room has emerged as a space to flaunt luxury. Homeowners demand this space to be tastefully done and designers have left no stone unturned to create splendid powder rooms. Modern powder rooms feature exotic materials for wash basin counters, striking wash bowl designs and aesthetic wall and floor finishes. As this space is dry and experiences low traffic, sensitive materials like glass and wood can be easily used here. It is also very common to accessorize powder rooms with beautiful mirrors, light fixtures, paintings, wall art, flower vases, etc.
Powder Room Design
Space optimization is key while designing the powder room. So, space for the powder room layout should be derived from the adjoining spaces in the home. As this room holds only a wash basin and a water closet, the width of the room should be no less than 3 feet if the wash basin and water closet are placed on opposite walls. When placed side by side, a minimum width of 5 feet is recommended for the room.
While designing small rooms, the ease of use of the space is often ignored. So, pay attention to detail in planning the powder room. Take special care to ensure that the powder room door can be opened and closed without any hassle. Opt for sliding door if space is a constraint. The wash basin and water closet should have sufficient space on both sides for convenient use. Pedestal wash basins can be used in powder rooms, though wash basin counters are more desirable. Provide necessary bathroom accessories like towel rings, toilet paper holder, soap dispensers, robe hooks etc. to facilitate use of the space. The powder room can benefit from a little storage. Storage cabinets can be provided under the counter or next to the mirror. Also, some space can be borrowed from the adjoining rooms to create wall niches for storage. Another important aspect of the design of this space is ventilation. As true for any bathroom, a good powder room needs proper ventilation. So, provide windows or ventilators in this space. This will also bring in natural light and keep the room fresh and damp-free.