Turn Your Powder Room into a Power Room: 5 Masculine Half-Baths

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Half-baths seem to always be referred to as “powder rooms”—I will admit to having no clue where that terminology comes from (a place to powder one’s nose, perhaps?) but I’m interested in replacing it. At least, when it comes to thinking about the décor in these spaces. Here are some examples of half-bathrooms that are more apt to be called “power rooms” instead.


While a peek of curtain in the mirror shows that the above is most likely a full bath, the interior design ideas here will translate easily to its smaller cousin. A beadboard painted glossy black, chrome fittings, and black and white floor tile in a tight graphic pattern are all elements that bring a tailored, masculine feel to the space.


Turn Your Powder Room into a Tiled Power RoomImage: Apartment Therapy

This modern bath features floor-to-ceiling long thin tile to provide clean visual interest. Were the room to be windowless, I’d expect to experience a strong sense of calm in this space; with the window shown here, there’s almost a spa feeling going on.


Turn Your Powder Room into a Sophisticated Power RoomImage: Tommaso Sartori on French By Design

Thick slabs of stone married with the simplicity of a frameless square mirror and bare-bulb lighting creates surprising sophistication in this bathroom. The tactile nature of the surfaces help the room seem grounded as well.


Turn Your Powder Room into a Warm Power RoomImage: G Blog

This natural wood vanity top with its intrinsic imperfections and variations of color instantly provides richness and warmth to this bathroom space. Keeping the other elements simple and without embellishment saves the décor from feeling contrived.


Turn Your Powder Room into a Utilitarian Power RoomImage: Alexandra Valenti for Remodelista

The industrial elements to this bathroom are only a few steps up from a workroom sink—which is about as far away from the standard preconception of a “powder room” as you can get. Add the terrific “mandelier” (link to http://interiorcollective.com/inspiration/mandeliers-chandeliers-for-the-modern-man) made from hanging work lights, and this is clearly a power room.

Are you ready to turn your powder room into something more powerful?

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  1. love this, dave. i hope all is well with you. have a wonderful holiday season. say, i don’t know where to leave a comment on JT. advise, please! best, katherine

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.