I’ve been enamoured by the idea of treating a powder room as a “jewellery box” ever since I heard the term. Paired with the idea that the powder room is a place to “go design wild”, I’ve been anticipating the renovation of this room since we moved in.

My inspiration for my powder room came from a somewhat unlikely source: a living room. I knew I wanted to use strong doses of blue and green as these are the accent colours used throughout my home but I couldn’t find any inspirational bathroom pictures to assure my shaking confidence that it was a good idea. I finally stumbled across this California living room:

Blue walls, green furniture, touches of white and rich wood. Yes.

Here is how I translated the look to my powder room, but first, a before picture to remind you how bad it was:

Boring, bland, no colour.
Boring, bland, no colour.


Colour galore! Quartz counter tops by Archstone; tile from Richmond Tile Centre; flooring installation by GL Installations; cabinet and wall painting by moi; light, mirror, faucet from Lowes.


Cabinet from Ikea.


I stained these new knobs to match the mirror wood and replaced the fabric with green fabric from Tonic Living.
I stained these new knobs to match the mirror’s frame and replaced the fabric with this green geometric fabric from Tonic Living.

It went from being the most boring room in our home to being the boldest and I am enamoured with it for this reason. Even though it is quite a bit more colourful than the rest of our home is still flows nicely because the same blue and green are used as accents in other rooms and the mirror’s wood tone mimics our new hardwood floors.

As I planned this room I kept having Ms. Frizzle (from the magic school bus) running through my head yelling, “Take chances! Make mistakes!”. Well Ms. Frizzle, I took a chance, and thankfully, it did not end up being a mistake. I love it!

Next I’ll be tackling my master bathroom which is my powder room’s equally ugly sister. She needs a serious face lift too. Can’t wait to share the next transformation with you!




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