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The powder room today is a stylish mini retreat to wow your guests as they freshen up and get a glimpse of your taste and refinement. Its small size and occasional use allows you to indulge in luxurious materials and dramatic finishes that you might not dare to otherwise. And with the wedding and party season coming up, perhaps this is the time to think about revamping your powder room.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Walls. Experiment with wall treatments other than tiles; from Venetian plaster and wall upholstery to flamboyant wallpaper and rich paint colours, the options are endless. Choose one that reflects the tone you wish to set for your powder room.
Mirrors. Opt for a decorative gold or silver framed mirror above the sink for a traditional look or a large floor length mirror behind or beside the sink for a more contemporary one. Keep in mind that your sink does not necessarily have to be against a wall – a free standing sink a few feet away from the wall will allow you to place the full length mirror on the wall behind the sink.

Lighting. Flattering, subtle lighting is the key to a successful powder room. Decorative wall sconces flanked on either side of the mirror at eye level produce a soft glow, while a low-hung mini chandelier will add drama and elegance. If you prefer a symmetrical approach, opt for two pendant lights hung at eye level on either side of the mirror.

Artwork and accessories. Powder rooms are great spaces to show off prints, paintings and photographs. Whatever you choose to hang, make sure it’s not too big (large pieces need to be viewed from a distance). Accessorise your vanity counter with fancy soaps, hand towels in baskets or trays, scented candles and fresh flowers to complete the look.

– Shehzad Dossa
The writer is an interior designer.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on