How to Make Your Powder Room a Stunner

How to Make Your Powder Room Stunning - Meridian Abbey Interiors - Interior, Kitchen, and Bath Design; Indianapolis, IN

What makes for a stunning powder room?  Easiest answer ever - and I would bet my right arm 90% of my designer friends would agree with me - wallpaper!

Obviously, more is more, but the initial shock value that an all over pattern, color, and/or texture provides is the most effective place to start.  The definition of stunner is: "a strikingly beautiful or impressive person or thing."

Need help finding "strikingly beautiful" wallpapers?  Well, here you go...

This isn't a close-up.  In fact, they may have had to shrink the image down.  Ellie Cashman's designs are over-sized and perfectly overwhelming.  I need to pull a mood board together with this wallpaper.  It is extraordinary.  The space just completely designed itself in my head.


Click to enlarge because these are two over-sized murals, as well.  Brought to us by Phillip Jeffries, these multi-panel (indicated by the vertical lines) scenes are calming and serene.  I recommend using this in a powder room with the largest wall opposite the doorway in order to see the most of the image.  Beveled glass tiles on either or both short sides of the room (or perhaps just on the ceiling??) would be an equally stunning addition.


Wallpapers made by hand with real feathers.  Oh, yes - it's real.  Strikingly beautiful and impressive.


Yesterday I walked away from a dark green, antique, pagoda style console table.  It was not an easy decision.  I stared at it for 15 minutes arguing with myself - there HAD to be a way to incorporate it somewhere.  In the end I gritted my teeth and soldiered away.  

Today I recalled the ideal wallpaper for the table and now I need a client to make this little dream of mine come true.  If you are out there, please email me.  I have a stunning powder room for you!


An updated version of the banana leaf/palm tree prints of 2015/16.  You could say that green is my signature color, so this would be more than welcome in my home.  I think the hits of blue instead of black where shadows would be is a great detail.


More green and blue with Fragment Moss from West Elm; a mural that would do splendidly in a small space. Continue the angular element with sharp lined lighting and plumbing, a console vanity with a rectangular vessel sink, and a minimalist toilet.  Stunner!


I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it is mine!  I LOVE this wallpaper. And it's removable, for you commitment-phobes out there.  I suggest adding a white or pink lacquered vanity, cobalt blue sink, an antique chandelier dripping with crystals, and fresh flowers with plenty of greenery.  STUNNER.

There are SO MANY amazing wallpapers out there.  And powder rooms are a perfect space to play with lots of color and pattern (says the queen of neutrals and solids.  Don't worry - the irony is not lost on me).  If you're having a hard time selecting a great wallpaper, or need a different way of livening up your tight spaces, give me a shout.  The possibilities are endless!

Have a great weekend,

Abigail Reames - Interior Designer - Meridian Abbey Interiors - Indianapolis, IN