Category : Bathroom Posted : 04/04/2023

Whether you have a large washroom in an opulent penthouse or a simple powder room in a petite home, lighter hues and playful design ideas can truly brighten up your bathroom. Maha K of Design Doodle Studio reveals her secrets for both kinds of spaces…




This penthouse was designed as a modern yet minimal abode that gives an open, airy feeling. A pastel colour palette was extensively used throughout to create a sense of warmth, which was also carried forward in the bathroom designs. The idea was to have a similar design language that forms a common link between all the spaces to achieve a cohesive design aesthetic. The master bathroom has terrazzo flooring, complemented by white biscuit tiles with hints of white, peach and black, on the walls. The daughter’s bathroom uses a similar colour scheme, but with printed terrazzo tiles and lime-plastered walls in the shower area, that’s also colour-blocked in a peach hue and separated by an arch. The powder room displays an Oxford tile with wainscoting and a quirky monochrome wallpaper to add playfulness, perfectly balanced by black sanitary fixtures. The use of soft curves is seen across all bathrooms of the penthouse, whether through arched forms, mirror designs, or rounded sanitary fixtures. 


This powder toilet is our most favourite one, for its sheer simplicity and freshness. The walls are clad in large homogeneous tiles in a soft peach shade, while the floor demonstrates a playful graphic tile adding an aspect of boldness to the otherwise soft aesthetic. In tandem with the theme of the apartment, we held on to arches as a design element in the bathroom too. An arched niche for a frameless mirror of the same shape, with a concealed cove light, enhances the space with a soft glow in the evening. The vanity design with drawer shutters displaying a series of arches to form a geometric pattern…and all these elements perfectly complement the design while keeping to the theme of minimalism.

Maha’s Easy Powder Room Pointers

  • Firstly and quite simply, don’t overdo it! Sometimes simple things leave a more lasting impression – just strike the right balance in terms of colours, patterns and textures

  • Have varied sources of light to create depth in the design. Apart from ceiling lights, incorporate other sources to create soft illumination for different moods – like a backlit mirror, a statement pendant or a wall light…or even a cove light in the ceiling to create another layer

  • Powder rooms are the most fun to design as they have very few constraints! Play around with floor patterns, wall panels or wallpapers, mirrors and even statement sanitary fixtures – the possibilities are endless!



Vijay and Maha K, Founders, Design Doodle Studio, New Delhi

 “As designers, both my husband and co-founder Vijay and I bring something unique to the table and always work around a way to incorporate our different perspectives into the design. This helps us create designs that are well thought out with the perfect balance of functionality and aesthetics. We truly believe that design should speak to its users and seek design inspiration in anything and everything around us, the biggest source being nature. We believe nature provides the most fascinating patterns, textures, colours and geometry – we just have to really open our eyes to see it. That is why we like to travel a lot and be observant of our surroundings for inspiration.”


Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company
Images Courtesy: Design Doodle Studio

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