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A Timeless Affair: 15 Exquisite Victorian-Style Powder Rooms

As a design lover, it is absolutely wonderful to see the revival of so many styles that venture beyond the mundane and ‘modern’ in recent times. Be it shabby chic, retro, midcentury (which never fully went out of style anyway) or industrial, the wider the spectrum of designs, the more exciting the world becomes! Another addition to this growing list of styles that are making a ‘mini comeback’ of sorts is Victorian. No, we do not want you to head out and buy accessories, décor and wallpaper that give your home a classic and complete Victorian overhaul. But something as small as a powder room is a great place to try it out in all its glory!

Vivacious patchwork tiled flooring adds color to this classy powder room in London home A Timeless Affair: 15 Exquisite Victorian Style Powder Rooms
Vivacious patchwork tiled flooring adds color to this classy powder room in London home [From: LEIVARS]

Despite its diminutive size, the powder room can make a big impact, especially when you are hosting guests and having friends and family over for holidays. And trying out a style like Victorian in the powder room is a safe decorating choice, as you will not be stuck with a garish living room or over-the-top bedroom when the trend starts to fade away. Always engaging, elegant and refined, the Victorian powder room is all about glitz, glamour and a celebration of all things wonderful!

The Vivacious World of Wallpaper

For those who are still unsure about how to craft a dream powder room, one of the best ways to start is by looking for a style that is distinctive, striking, beautiful and completely different from the rest of the home. This turns the small powder room into a delightful escape that is unlike anything else in the house, and Victorian splendor perfectly fits this billing. The style not only brings pomp and the ‘wow factor’, but it also promises other great powder room essentials like walls that come alive with either textural beauty or splashes of color and ornate fittings that add to the oomph.

Flowery wallpaper with lots of red is perfect for the classic and playful Victorian powder room [Design: Diane Burgoyne Interiors / Photography by Tim Proctor]
Flowery wallpaper with lots of red is perfect for the classic and playful Victorian powder room [Design: Diane Burgoyne Interiors / Photography by Tim Proctor]

Wallpaper is the perfect way to give your Victorian powder room the backdrop it deserves. There are plenty of options here, with some designs focusing on understated pattern and metallic sheen, while others offer a more playful ambiance with bright colors and extravagant motifs. Either way, choosing the right wallpaper is a great way to start planning for your smart powder room.

Sconce lighting and wallpaper bring Victorian style to this powder room [Design: Buster & Cogdell Builders]
Sconce lighting and wallpaper bring Victorian style to this powder room [Design: Buster & Cogdell Builders]
There is definitely something fishy about this Victorian powder room wallpaper [Design: Jamie Hempsall Ltd]
There is definitely something fishy about this Victorian powder room wallpaper [Design: Jamie Hempsall Ltd]
Rich Cole and Son's Malabar Wallpaper steals the show in this dashing powder room [Design: Jennifer Bevan Interiors]
Rich Cole and Son’s Malabar Wallpaper steals the show in this dashing powder room [Design: Jennifer Bevan Interiors]

Trendy Metallic Sparkle

Metallic accents are playing a big role in the world of interior design in 2016, and surprisingly, this is a trend that will seamlessly blend in with the classic Victorian style. A powder room with a bold mirror frame in glittering brass, faucets and bathroom fittings in matching finishes, and even door knobs with an antique copper or bronze finish can combine to create a fabulous setting that is full of personality and warmth. You can head in the opposite direction by embracing cooler silver finishes as well!

Black and gold are a great combination for a Victorian styled half bath [Design: Annie-S]
Black and gold are a great combination for a Victorian styled half bath [Design: Annie-S]

Metallics are here to stay for a while, so this is definitely a trend that you want to get in on and the Victorian style powder room is definitely the most ornate and dramatic way to do so. Even vanities with metallic embellishment and a vintage cabinet in the corner can help take this style statement to the next level.

Warm and cozy powder room with a hint of golden glint! [Design: Craig Tuttle Construction]
Warm and cozy powder room with a hint of golden glint! [Design: Craig Tuttle Construction]
Ornate vanities are perfect for the charming Victorian powder room [Design: Kaufman Homes]
Ornate vanities are perfect for the charming Victorian powder room [Design: Kaufman Homes]
Sparkling vanity and mirror epitomize Victorian style to perfection! [Design: Mosaik Design & Remodeling / Lincoln Barbour Photography]
Sparkling vanity and mirror epitomize Victorian style to perfection! [Design: Mosaik Design & Remodeling / Lincoln Barbour Photography]
Tile, wallpaper and metallic dazzle come together in this tiny powder room [Design: Joni Spear Interior Design]
Tile, wallpaper and metallic dazzle come together in this tiny powder room [Design: Joni Spear Interior Design]

Vagaries of Space

Powder rooms are usually small, with the ultra-tiny ones barely having enough space for a person to squeeze in and make a proper turn inside! But we have been lucky enough to stumble upon a few powder rooms that are larger than some of the more modest bathrooms we have come across! If you are blessed with that amount of space, feel free to go more ornate with your Victorian overhaul. 3D wall paintings and wall art are always welcome here as long as they fit in with the broader, more classical theme, and bright colors can be used more freely inside these larger spaces.

Spacious powder room moves away from the usual, tiny spaces [Design: Echelon Homes LLC]
Spacious powder room moves away from the usual, tiny spaces [Design: Echelon Homes LLC]

But on the other end of the spectrum are the super-small powder rooms, and here it is best to stick to a monochromatic look. The narrower your powder room, the more neutral you need to go! The inherent dazzle of metallic fittings and accessories inside the Victorian-style powder room comes to your aid here, as they visually enhance the limited space and give it a brighter, more airy appeal.

Tiny powder room of New York home with Modern Victorian style [Design: Ashbourne Designs]
Tiny powder room of New York home with Modern Victorian style [Design: Ashbourne Designs]
Ultra-narrow powder room relies on a monochromatic look for a spacious visual appeal [Design: Four Brothers]
Ultra-narrow powder room relies on a monochromatic look for a spacious visual appeal [Design: Four Brothers]
Formal and classic powder room with 3D wall art [Design: Nadas Interiors]
Formal and classic powder room with 3D wall art [Design: Nadas Interiors]
Unique vanity and dramatic accessories for the spacious powder room [Design: Ashbourne Designs]
Unique vanity and dramatic accessories for the spacious powder room [Design: Ashbourne Designs]

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