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8 Ways to Achieve A Hotel-Like Powder Room

Transform a tiny room into a sophisticated yet relaxing private space with these ideas from an interior designer

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua | Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photos)

In most homes, powder rooms are often found near the living and dining areas to make it easily accessible to guests. Compared to other bathrooms, powder rooms are smaller and sparsely decorated—with only the essentials seen on the counter or on a wall-mounted shelf. Taking into account the constraints, is it still possible to achieve a pretty yet comfy private space?

With the right pieces and styling tricks, you can make it happen. “When decorating powder rooms, I find that less is more. Given the small space, you wouldn’t want to overwhelm your guests with tons of décor. It is best to pick a ‘hero piece,’ say a hanging artwork, and use it as your main inspiration to liven up the powder room,” shares interior designer Angelica Dumalus. Plan a simple powder room makeover with these ideas:

1. Use your favorite hotel as peg and experiment with refreshing scents.

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“I find scents like essential oils, scented candles, and reed diffusers are a great way to create a spa-like mood. It is welcoming and, surprisingly, often disregarded at home,” says Angelica. To get started, you can use an aroma reed diffuser or a scented candle as part of a vignette you can display on an open shelf or lavatory area.

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2. Bring in plants and flower arrangements.

Brighten up the space with indoor plants, succulents, and flowers in slim vases. Make sure that the plant you're adding can thrive in a humid space. As an alternative, you can work with faux plants and flowers.

READ: 5 Plants Perfect For the Bathroom

3. Pick your bathroom mats wisely.

Angelica suggests sticking to neutral decor and accessories to maintain a clean and clutter-free aesthetic. "Use understated bathroom mats to add texture to your tiled floor. H&M Home has great neutral ones in various sizes," she adds.




4. Opt for beautiful containers and dispensers.

Big bottles of hand sanitizers and liquid soaps can instantly ruin the look you're going for. "Decant named brands of liquid soap to a decorative soap dispenser to add a more cohesive look to your powder room," says the designer. When you visit stores and home sections, you'll surely find dispensers in different colors and sizes. Choose the set that complements the rest of your decor.

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5. Style your shelves.

Shelves aren't just handy in terms of keeping the powder room clean and organized, it can also add pizzazz to a small space. Instead of leaving your essentials out in the open, keep them in woven baskets to maintain the streamlined look. Aside from baskets, you can also use pretty trays and acrylic bins.

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6. Work on the overall display and presentation.

"Arrange your powder room essentials like tissue rolls and hand towels similar to what you see in hotel rooms. Make sure all are uniformed and stacked neatly," suggests Angelica.

7. Shop for multipurpose accessories.

Instead of shopping for an ordinary mirror, consider getting extra storage, too. “Swap your regular mirror to a medicine cabinet for additional storage, plus, it hides all your bathroom knickknacks,” the designer shares. Don’t forget to regularly check and declutter the medicine cabinet. Empty bottles and expired products must be discarded immediately.

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8. Showcase captivating wall art.

Framed prints, your favorite artwork, or even a memorable photo can liven up a small space. “Hang it above your water closet or [use it to spruce up a blank wall for a dressed-up feel. I would recommend using prints of plants for a calming vibe,” adds Angelica.

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Ready for your home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Angelica Dumalus through email at angelicadumalus[at]gmail.com.

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