Powder Room Design Guide

A Powder Room is a great addition to any home as it provides you with the luxury of keeping your family bathroom and/or ensuite private while also allowing a comfortable space for your guests to use while they visit.


When planning a new Powder Room, there are several things to take into consideration including the location, size, insulation, ventilation, what to include and how to style the space. Read on to find out how to create the perfect Powder Room for your home!

Powder Room Location & Size

Ideally, a Powder Room should be located far enough away from your Dining and Living areas to allow your family and your guests a comfortable “buffer zone”! If possible, also ensure your new Powder Room is not in full view of the living spaces or that the toilet suite is at least hidden from view. Although this is not a crucial design consideration, it is extremely unattractive to be able to see the toilet while in your Living area and detracts from the appeal and style of the space, making for an unpleasant environment!

This spacious Powder Room incorporates plenty of storage space, as well as a luxurious bench mount basin. Image Source

Ensure your Powder Room meets Australian Standards in terms of size and functionality: your Designer or Architect will advise you accordingly to make sure the space meets all safety guidelines. You should keep in mind that there must be enough space for the user to comfortably open and shut the door and of course, to freely move around the space and use the facilities. There must also be adequate space in case the locked door needs to opened from the outside of the room in case of emergency.

Sound Proofing & Ventilation

Other factors to consider, especially if you have no option but to have your Powder Room closer to the Dining & Living areas, is sound proofing and ventilation. Ensure the Powder Room is well insulated and also includes a solid-core door for added sound protection, saving your guests the awkward embarrassment of using the facilities while the rest of the party is dining only metres away!

A unique Powder Room design that incorporates modern finishes paired with vintage details to create an exquisite clash of styles. The room also includes a fair sized window – perfect for providing natural light and ventilation. Image Source

Properly ventilate the space by either natural or artificial means: if a window is not an option, consider a vented fixed skylight. A simple ceiling fan also does the trick and helps eliminate any nasty odours!

What to include in a New Powder Room

If space allows, your Powder Room should also include a small hand basin and hand towel rail, together with a wall hung mirror. There should ideally also be a small amount of storage for items such as: soaps, air fresheners, cleaning products, spare toilet paper rolls and fresh hand towels. A small bin would also be a handy addition to the space as well as the usual accessories such as a toilet brush and extra roll holder.

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Powder Room Decor & Style

Get creative with the way you decorate the space! As a Powder Room does not usually include a shower, there is minimal waterproofing to consider, allowing you the freedom of selecting finishes that you would normally prefer not to use in a wet area, such as textured wallpaper for example.

This patterned wallpaper ties into the neutral colour palette used in this elegant Powder Room. Image Source

A luxurious basin, such as Perini’s handmade Italian basin collection would certainly create a visual impact in the space. There are several styles and materials to choose from, ranging from the flexible and contemporary Siliconio Range to the luxurious Crystal Collection.

A luxurious handmade crystal basin is the perfect touch to create an opulent design scheme in your Powder Room. Image Source

Use decorative feature lighting to enhance your selected design style. Think modern pendant lights, sleek wall lights on either side of your mirror or even a chandelier for the ultimate luxurious touch!

Three different interior styles – which is your favourite?! Image Source

Decorate the space with coordinating accessories and towels, a vase of flowers or even wall art, creating a small creative space that will be welcoming and comfortable for your guests!

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