Powder Rooms


This is the time of year people do more entertaining at home, so making guest rooms feel extra special can help you stand out as a stellar host or hostess. I always like to have a yummy candle burning – something pretty like diptyque Baies or for cold wintery nights Feu de Bois adds a level of coziness, reminiscent of sitting around the fireplace.

Let’s focus on the powder room, as it’s likely to be one of the most visited rooms during holiday parties, dinners and get-togethers. Since the powder room will have the full attention of one person at a time, it’s essential that it’s completely up to par. Of course your powder room is immaculately clean so let’s move on to the important stuff.

  • Adding flowers is a nice touch, see my Floral Trilogy posts for floral suggestions. If appropriate to your décor, use air plants or potted succulents instead.
  • Remove all cleaning items. When I’m a guest in someone’s home, I want to enjoy a suspended reality where toilet brushes, plungers and Comet don’t exist. You don’t see cleaning products in hotels, do you?
  • Have items your guests might need available and accessible in cabinets or baskets. Items such as aspirin, hand lotion, floss, toothpicks, mouthwash, hairspray, bobby pins, safety pins, cough drops, Alka-Seltzer.
  • If you really want to have fun with your guests and you have the space for it, include something completely unexpected like a beverage cart (or small tray) with your favorite liquor in a decanter and two Baccarat cocktail glasses.
  • Soft music playing in the powder room is a really thoughtful idea. Music (jazz or classical) makes people feel relaxed and gives an additional sense of privacy, making guests feel as if they’ve entered their own world… at least for the moment.
  • While most people don’t mind sharing a bar of soap, they feel differently about sharing a hand towel. Sure, the single hand towel is easy and works fine for your family, but your guests deserve to feel special. A collection of neatly arranged washcloths or a stack of seasonal or monogrammed paper guest towels are appropriate here.
  • Space permitting, a bench or small chair can come in quite handy in a powder room.