Usually located on the first floor, a powder room is usually a small bathroom with a toilet and a sink.
The term originates from the 18th century and refers to a tiny room where people could have their wigs repowdered.
In the Victorian times, a reference to personal bodily functions was considered indelicate and ladies usually excused themselves from a company to go to “powder their noses.”
>Nowadays, homeowners recognize the importance of a powder room and in a recent study 75% of respondents considered decorating a powder room as an important project, which allows homeowners to express their personal style, incorporating exciting new designs and fixtures.
In Breakfast at Tiffany’s Holly Golightly mentions ‘fifty dollars for the powder room’ – she refers to the ladies room of fine dining establishments, where there were attendants that needed to be tipped. Using her feminine wiles to get money from her rich friends, she, obviously, intends to make a little extra for herself.
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