5 Powder Room Countertop Ideas for a Small Space
“Powder room” is the term used for a small bathroom, often located on the main floor, which consists of only a toilet and vanity area. It’s frequently designed to serve short-term visitors, who won’t need a shower or tub.
While a space-saving pedestal sink is a common staple in powder rooms, the truth is that you’re better off installing even a small cabinet and countertop for functionality purposes.
Most homeowners want at least a small amount of storage for extra linens, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies, which a pedestal sink simply won’t provide.
Whether you choose a furniture-style cabinet or a modern, floating vanity, you’ll want to select a countertop that works with your aesthetic, not to mention the limited space.
Here are a few ideas to help you select the right option for your powder room countertop.
#1: Tranquil Marble
Marble is a popular countertop choice for kitchens and bathrooms because of the air of luxury it adds to any space. The luminous appearance and often creamy tones of marble are also ideal when you want to create a tranquil space.
For a more cohesive look, consider adding marble wainscoting to match the countertop, as in this contemporary penthouse powder room. The gray tones in the marble draw on the dark gray of the wall, while the white helps to make the small space brighter.
The feeling is warm and relaxing. However, it’s darker than the average powder room, so you’ll need a larger footprint if you don’t want it to feel claustrophobic.
#2: Showpiece Granite
It’s easy for neutral powder rooms to be underwhelming, but in such a small space, adding too much visual interest can quickly go overboard. This is why it’s usually best to choose one element as a centerpiece. If you want a busy granite pattern, everything else should be complementary, but toned down.
Take, for example, this gray and white transitional powder room. White cabinets and mid-tone gray walls could be supremely dull if not for the phenomenally dramatic granite countertop and backsplash, which look to be Alaska White granite.
The beige, stacked stone look of the tile behind the vanity garners a lot of attention due to heavy texture, but it blends beautifully with the slightly richer granite, which could be Colonial Gold or Madura Gold.
With taupe walls, a dark wood floating vanity and mid-tone wood flooring, the overall aesthetic is warm, cohesive, and inviting.
#3: Easy-Care Quartz
There are two great reasons to consider quartz countertops for your powder room. For starters, there are an abundance of options to suit varying styles. In this traditional powder room, the Silestone quartz counter surface in Blanco Orion looks a lot like Carrara marble.
The speckled, gray quartz in this Mediterranean powder room looks more like granite.
The real draw, of course, is the ease of caring for non-porous, engineered quartz, which requires no sealing, unlike other natural stone options.
#4: Over-Toilet Shelf Space
#5: Underlighting or Backlighting
Lighting is often a final consideration in design, but it’s incredibly important, as it impacts the look of your finishes and contributes immensely to the ambiance of your space. Modern homeowners are starting to experiment with hidden sources of ambient light that create a subtle glow, giving counter surfaces a vastly different look.
Whether you like the tranquility of marble, the drama of granite, or the convenience of quartz, there are countless ways to get a look you’ll love when you add stone countertops to your powder room.
If you’re seeking inspiration for your next home improvement project, check out our portfolio or visit a convenient Academy Marble & Granite showroom in Bethel, CT or Rye, NY for advice and assistance from our team of professionals.