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10 Pretty Powder Room Decorating Ideas

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Jackie Saffert and Julie Yarusinsky Courtesy of The Everygirl 

While powder rooms serve an important purpose—particularly for guests—small square footage and awkward layouts can present some design challenges. But there are plenty of design solutions, too. For instance, if you're looking to give your half bath some personality, try one of our favorite ways to transform a tiny space—wallpaper. Or, make a major impact by hanging a small chandelier or adding a larger mirror to make the space look larger.

For more inspiration, take a look at these stylish and functional powder rooms.

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    Mediterranean Oasis

    Mediterranean bathroom

    Lonny

    Designed by Mark D. Sikes and Michael Griffin, this captivating powder room on Lonny recalls the magic of the Mediterranean. The blue-and-white tiled half wall and sandy colored flooring evoke visions of the sea as it washes over the shore, while a Byzantine-inspired mirror and classic white pedestal sink enhance the aesthetic.

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    Flamingo Fun

    flamingo bathroom

    Kyle Born / Michelle Gage / A Beautiful Mess

    There’s no shortage of fun in designer Michelle Gage’s Havertown, Pennsylvania home—and her half bath shared on A Beautiful Mess is certainly no exception. A round brass mirror and faucet complement the fanciful flamingo wallpaper that shows up on all walls of her powder room.

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    Royal Blue

    blue powder room
    Nicole White Designs Interiors LLC / Houzz

    Rich, refined, and oh so luxe. Navy blue walls and mosaic tile anchor this Miami powder room by Nicole White Designs Interiors. A gold-accented undermount sink, marble countertops, and a crystal chandelier add a major dose of glamour.

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    Contemporary Cabin

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    Garrett Rowland / Studio Fōr

    Modern meets rustic in Hudson Valley, New York. The powder room by Studio Fōr utilizes natural materials to transform the powder room into a relaxing mini retreat. Wood floors and the locally quarried stone nod to the scenic surroundings, while a floating vanity and sputnik-style chandelier complement the home’s contemporary architectural style.

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    Safari Trip

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    Michael J. Lee / Katie Rosenfeld

    A zebra print wallpaper by Scalamandré gives this powder room by designer Katie Rosenfeld a whimsical charm. A gold bamboo mirror rounds out the well-traveled vibe of this tiny oasis.

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    Moroccan-Inspired

    Purple monochromatic bathroom

    Red Cover / Lonny

    This monochromatic powder room from Lonny is anything but boring. If anything, it's a daring, yet breathtaking choice of color for a small space. The deep periwinkle hue, coupled with Moroccan-inspired accents—mosaic tile, rustic tin lanterns, and a carved wooden mirror—creates a mysteriously alluring getaway.

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    Daring Damask

    powder room

    Lark & Linen

    Jacquelyn Clark designed this powder room as a testament to the successful use of big, bold patterned wallpaper in a small space. The damask-patterned wallpaper is the star of the space. Everything else in the room is white—except for the blue floor and a few cheerful yellow accessories—so the walls really stand out.

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    Timless Black and White

    black and white bathroom
    Ali Budd Interiors / Design to Inspire

    There is perhaps no combination as chic as black and white. Designer Ali Budd designed this half bath choosing this wallpaper from Schumacher because of its painterly quality. Together with polished nickel fixtures, a marble counter, and a bevel edged mirror, the small bath has an elegant, timeless charisma with modern touches.

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    Art Deco-Inspired

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    Mandi Johnson / A Beautiful Mess

    If you prefer painting over wallpapering, consider stenciling the upper half of a powder room. Homeowner Mandi Johnson shared her DIY technique on A Beautiful Mess. She spent just a few dollars to achieve this fun geometric art deco-inspired look for her powder room.

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    Ocean Charm

    marine designed bathroom

    AT6 Architecture / Houzz

    AT6 Architecture's small beachy bath incorporates coastal charm into all its elements. The cool color palette combines with marine-inspired accents, including teal tile, a rope-hung mirror, and a mermaid wall illustration.