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The Powder Room – A Folly in Your Home

The Powder Room is one of, if not THE smallest room in your home. Yet unlike other small rooms in your home, like the Laundry Room, the Powder Room is seen by most of your guests at some point. Therefore, we think what it lacks in size it should make up in drama. We think the Powder Room should be a folly.


noun – ˈfälē/

1) lack of good sense; foolishness.

 2) a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose, especially a tower or mock-Gothic ruin built in a large garden or park.

It should be a joy to behold and dramatic in its design. This is an area to be highly creative and try something you wouldn’t dare try in your living room or master bedroom. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You hate that bright color you selected and paint over it? It’s a small room so the mistakes are smaller and not as irreversible and expensive as say in your living room. Fly your freak flag, be creative, go out on a limb.

This is where you want to make a statement. Due to the short periods of time we spend in Powder Rooms they can handle being much more dramatic. A bold design in a Family Room could be tiring after just a few months or a year. But because the average person spends less than five minutes in a Powder Room the folly you created will last much longer and you will not be wanting to change it as frequently. Plus, imagine your friends’ surprise when they see your Powder Room for the first time. And on subsequent visits you will hear “I forgot you had that wild powder room, that always makes me smile.”

If you are looking for THE spot in your home to do something bold, daring, out of the box, and altogether drop dead gorgeous, then the Powder Room should be your focus.

Plus, the added bonus is that, due to its small size, the budget for a dramatic Powder Room can be very small. Although we MAY have done a $100,000 powder room here or there. Just maybe. (wink, wink)

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