Kohler has an article on their website titled “Designing the Perfect Powder Room.” It very comprehensively lays out what should be considered when re-modeling or designing a new powder room.
Some of the main points from the article are listed here, click on the link above to get the full article. The following is excerpted from Kohler’s article:
A typical half-bath is usually the smallest room in the house, maybe 4 feet by 5 feet and yet may get the most traffic. If it’s been awhile since you’ve remodeled your powder room, you might want to check out some of the more popular design trends, as noted by Seattle designer Pat Bermudez and Kohler Store marketing manager Lynn Schrage.
Color: Deep dramatic colors are great for this little room, adding a dramatic impact from the hallway.
Faucets: The faucet can really help solidify the room style. Be sure to pick the right finish to blend with the rooms overall design.
Sinks: Vessel-type sinks are very popular right now, and they come in a variety of styles and materials to complement any design period.
Toilets: Consider one-piece toilets, and those that have sound modulation for a very quiet flush.
Flooring: Hardwood floors are popular now, as are granite and marble, which offer an upscale look. Including radiant heating in your floor is a nice touch!
Finishing touches: Crown molding (3-5 inches) and up to 8 inch base boarding are popular.
Style-consistent: “If your home style is contemporary, use modern materials such as laminate or designer woods. For period style homes, consider fixtures and decor that blend harmoniously with the rest of the house.”
Counter-intelligence: Consider using bright or reflective materials such as granite or quartz. Quartz is a manmade material that is always glossy and shiny; it requires little care. Recycled glass is a green alternative providing similar qualities.
Live large: Maximize space by using a pedestal or well-mounted sink; for storage consider a petite vanity. A well-placed mirror will make any room look larger.
Keep it clean: Keeping the room architecturally clean and avoiding over-decorating or inundating the room with personal objects.
Remember, go to Kohler to review the fixtures that will suit your powder room best, and while there, read the full article on designing the perfect powder room.