Have some FUN in your Powder Bathroom

Powder bathrooms are a great place to decorate in an impactful way!  Here are 4 top reasons to inspire you to tackle remodeling and decorating your powder bathroom :

  • Decisions are impactful and not necessarily as expensive as a larger room.
  • You can dip your toe into decisions that may scare you in other rooms – like wallpaper, rich paint colors, metallic ceilings and tiles with impact.
  • This little jewel box of a room can be memorable for guests.
  • Work can be complete and enjoyed in a relatively short period of time.

I practice what I preach!  Here is a sneak peek of my person vintage powder bathroom in my 1916 Foursquare in Portland, Oregon.


I didn’t change the funky footprint.  I find quirky so many times is what ends up being charming about a space. The sink is still over the window and the toilet is still on the opposite wall facing the sink.

What work did I do?  First, I freshened up the existing painted millwork in the room. I kept the entry door and window casing white, and opted to paint the baseboards and window sash a navy blue for contrast.  I replaced the inexpensive and newer model pedestal sink (read: not well-made), and selected a custom sized basin in polished nickel.  We created a custom templated cararra marble countertop with backsplash above the window.  (The marble was selected from a remnant.)  I splurged a little with a classic lacquered brass over-mount sink and faucet from Waterworks, both nod to the home’s period charm.  I kept the original vintage toilet, and replaced the seat in black to give it tuxedo charm.  The room has one light fixture, a wall sconce that I changed to a brass fixture with a shade. I opted to change the switch back to a more period appropriate push plate in mother of pearl, and finished it with a brass plate.

Some resources I used:

Benjamin Moore Paints

Chown Hardware – Plumbing Fixtures & Fittings

Angela Todd Studios Collection – Sconce, Wallpaper & Accessories

Hippo Hardware – Vintage hardware

You probably won’t notice any of this, because the star of the show is the powder room’s wallpaper.  See if you can find the dragon in the wallpaper pattern.


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Angela Todd

Owner & Principal Designer

Angela is the principal designer at her boutique interior design firm in Portland, Oregon. She is known for creating memorable backdrops that tell the story of fascinating and intricate lives.

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