Oct 29

Designer Tricks: A Behind The Scenes Peek at Designing a Powder Room

Powder Room Inspiration | lark & linen
Design: Brooke Wagner Design | Photo: Ryan Garvin


I’m most definitely guilty of confessing this about most spaces*, but designing a powder room ranks high atop my list of favourite rooms to design. Because they’re a room that you don’t typically spend a ton of time in, you can really go all out when it comes to finishes, without worrying about whether or not you’ll tire of the scheme. I  love that you can wallpaper the room from top to bottom, and it won’t break the bank. In addition, it’s one of the only spaces in your home that your guests are spending any time in alone, and I’m of the firm belief that they should be special for that reason alone. When it came to designing the powder room at #LLProjectColumbine, we were already blessed with a lovely existing wood vanity and simple brass faucet, which meant we simply had to have some fun with finishes. Following are a few of the inspiration images I originally pulled to present to my client at the preliminary design phase…

*except for dining rooms! They’re admittedly my least favourite to design

Powder Room Inspiration | lark & linen
Design & Photo: Kate Marker Interiors

Powder Room Inspiration | lark & linenDesign & Photo: Vania Barbieri-Morris

And this is an example of how I interpreted said designs into one that felt perfectly “them”. (Note: these aren’t the actual items I pulled as a lot of them were available to the trade only, so we reinvented the moodboard with similar looking items. For any of the original *actual* sources, please go to the original reveal post! All of the details that I was able to share are listed at the bottom of that post)

Powder Room Mood Board | lark & linen

SOURCES :: 1) Wallpaper | 2) Mirror | 3) Striped Shade | 4) Bud Vase | 5) Brass Faucet | 6) Wood Vanity | 7) Gray Hand Towel | 8) Hand Soap | 9) Brass Hook



The results? A little jewel box of a space, that is most definitely not short on character or style. A bold floral wallpaper set the stage, a tonal striped roman shade helped compliment and contrast the busier pattern, while an organic shaped mirror helped soften it all (all while lending an almost artful touch). All in all, both my client and I are absolutely thrilled with the results, and I not so secretly wish I could call it my own. 

For all of the final sources, in addition to more views of this home, head on over to the full reveal post for this project right here!

Client Reveal: Project Columbine | lark & linen
Photo: Will Reid




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  1. Design Chic says:

    It’s a true jewel box. I love the wallpaper and the cabinet is functional and beautiful! Happy Tuesday ~

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