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Powder Room Ideas

These powder room designs pack high efficiency into a small space without skimping on style. Transform your powder room into a picture-perfect retreat with these clever storage and decorating ideas.

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    • Restore Natural Beauty

      Dark wood, crisp white, and garden-inspired wallpaper harmonize to create warmth and texture in this powder room design. Classic-style candlestick lamps brighten the vanity and make a big decorative impact. A wide furniture-style vanity emphasizes the mirror's horizontal shape and brings vintage appeal to the traditional powder room. Budget-friendly crown molding and white subway tile are easy to install and leave the space feeling fresh and bright.

    • Pretty & Posh

      Don't let the small scale of a powder room dissuade you from being creative; give this petite space the play it deserves with its own polished look. Since the powder room is often the only bathroom seen by guests, decorate with luxurious towels and pretty accessories. Old materials, such as a weathered wooden vanity table and thrift shop mirror, blend seamlessly with the vessel sink and modern fixtures in this tiny bath.

    • Delight in the Details

      A powder room’s petite size makes it easy to curate the space. Create personality with staying power by layering details in a small bath. Juxtaposed with a modern vanity, a vintage wood-framed mirror forms a stunning focal point. Geometric wallpaper picks up on the mirror frame color and adds high-contrast punch to the white subway-tile backdrop. Sleek and subtle bathroom features keep the room airy and bright, allowing the ornate vanity to shine.

    • Room-Expanding Surfaces

      High-gloss finishes -- such as lacquer, metallic, or glass -- reflect natural and artificial light, allowing a small powder room to look bright at any time of day. Draw eyes upward using a mirror with a distinctive shape or finish. A mirror-front vanity gives this small bath sophisticated style and storage. Decorative paneling on lower walls will make the room appear more vertical.

    • Smooth with Fabric

      A cotton skirt wrapped around a pedestal sink pulls double duty in this beachy small bath. Not only does it soften the hard lines of this bathroom, it also conceals storage in a charming way. A bumped-out ledge behind the sink provides room for beach-theme accessories and bath items.

    • Add Contrast Where It Counts

      Rich color, bold patterns, mixed materials -- achieve the unexpected in a small room without it feeling too dark or cramped. A high-contrast palette of cocoa and cream brings fresh appeal to this modern powder room. Two classic tile styles -- oversize subway tiles and penny round mosaic tiles -- are united in dark grout for a distinguished, graphic pop. A white ceiling, large oval mirror, and slim sconces look clean and complementary.

    • Elegant Powder Room Design Idea

      With such a tiny footprint, a little bit of extravagance goes far in a powder room. An accent wall wrapped in tile adds texture and interest in this contemporary bath. Cool blues and soft grays provide a soothing backdrop for a desklike sink and circular sconces. Incorporate a natural element, such as a towel-filled basket beneath an open sink, to warm sleek, modern materials.

    • Add Furniture-Style Decor

      Freestanding furniture makes a bathroom feel more like a decorated room, and it's easy to find inexpensive items at tag sales -- or better yet, to enlist underused furniture you already own. An ultraslim console table mimics the open vanity's visual lightness and introduces an extra sliver of counter space for bath storage. A hint of greenery or fresh flowers makes the room warm and inviting for guests.

    • Small-Space Tip: Repetition Is Key

      Repeating colors and shapes will make your powder room design look polished and cohesive. From towel bars to the vanity, square shapes and straight lines reign in this small bath. A tile backsplash unifies its warm, neutral color scheme while safeguarding against stains and water splashes.

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      Powder Room Floor Ideas

      Without a shower in place to run the risk of extra moisture, hardwood floors are a welcome addition to a powder room design. Since the area is so compact, it's the perfect place to try higher-end flooring material, such as tile or premium wood, without breaking the bank.

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      Small-Bath Storage Ideas

      Make the most of every square inch by focusing on space-saving details. Pocket doors conserve space while complementing the bathroom's vintage cottage style. Folded and stacked linens share space with decorative accents under the sink basin. A wire shelf above the toilet keeps soaps and lotions within reach of the wash area.

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      Let Bold Style Shine

      Accentuate coziness and make a statement in a powder room with bold pattern. With less surface area to cover, powder room wall treatments will be less costly here than in a larger bathroom. Plus, because the space is small and confined, you won't have to coordinate its decor with existing themes in your home. 

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      Personalize Walls with Paint

      For a look that's punchier than solid color, but less permanent than wallpaper, personalize walls with a painted pattern. Cheery strokes of pink and green wake up this plain powder room design. Minimal window treatments take advantage of natural light and visually merge indoor and outdoor spaces. Paint the ceiling a light color to give walls the illusion of appearing taller than they are. 

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