The idea of sitting down and taking some time to apply your makeup is not decadent; it's essential. Great news - vanity tables, cosmetic corners and powder rooms back on trend. Editor Trudi Brewer shares design ideas for the one room in your home that really needs a feminine touch.
Style tips: Good lighting is everything. Most powder rooms are small so make sure you invest in overhead, or magnification lighting and a table lamp.
Break away from your usual colour scheme, that is in the rest of the house - and go girly or stark white. This is one room in your home where you can play up the feminine factor. Experts say a powder room should look like a jewellery box - and really wow you and your guests.
Spend on fittings, expensive wall coverings, wood panelling and beautiful objects that are functional for holding brushes, and beauty products.
Drawers are essential to keep clutter to a minimum. Only display what you want to share, perfume, hand soap and hand cream. A decorative tray will always keep things looking organised.
The mirror in a powder room mirror is the key piece, find an object of art rather than a stock standard fixed wall mirror. Go for an feminine shape or vintage patina.
Second row: Villeroy & Boch, pieces of jewellery vase, $449. BVLGARI Eau Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Candle, $137. Toulouse Pewter Finish Mirror $1,099 from Un Deux Trois. ECOYA lemongrass & ginger madison jar $50.