Call it a powder room, a half bath, a guest bathroom, or a WC—basically, it's a utilitarian space that houses just a sink and a toilet. But it's also placed in a convenient spot that immediately introduces guests to your home and style. That means your powder room needs to be as inviting as it is functional.
Set the stage with paint, wallpaper, and flooring. Choose a stylish sink, mirror, or light fixture that becomes the focal point in the room, and keep the space free of clutter. Decide whether you want your powder room to blend in with the rest of your home's decor, or if you want it to stand out on its own in terms of color and style. Because a powder room is a small space, use it as a blank canvas to experiment and take risks with the decor that might feel too overwhelming in a larger, high traffic area.
Here are 42 powder room ideas in varied styles and colors to inspire your own renovation or refresh.
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This fresh and stylish powder room from Woollahra, Australia-based Decus Interiors is a study in contrasting shades of pink, with a raspberry-colored sink console and pale foam pink wall paint. It's also outfitted with a custom oval mirror, Eclipse wall sconces from Articolo, and Nougat Terrazzo Tiles by Fibonacci Stone with tones of white, gray, beige, and soft pink. A pair of dark pink and white orchids add a finishing touch to delight guests.Continue to 2 of 42 below.
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In this cheerful powder room from Dabito at Old Brand New, sunny yellow wall paint is the star of the show. The bright color is tempered with a black-and-white patterned tile floor and a dark stained wood vanity. A bronze tap on the sink and a simple brass framed mirror complement the color scheme, and a framed print above the toilet is a reminder that there is a place for art in every room in the house.Continue to 3 of 42 below.
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"I love mixing metals, and the metallic wallpaper made the small room feel much larger," says interior designer Erin Williamson, who chose dramatic Christian Lacroix for Designer's Guild wallpaper to give this eye-catching little powder room a knock-out punch of style. She finished off the design with a round mirror from CB2 and a vintage Mazzega chandelier.Continue to 4 of 42 below.
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A Moody Palette
In this powder room designed by OreStudios, a moody color palette of matte black and a deep shade of red creates a polished, sophisticated, and masculine feel. A floating sink console, contemporary globe suspension light, and graphic black-and-white floor tile keep the small space feeling fresh and streamlined.Continue to 5 of 42 below.
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A powder room is a small space that lends itself to making bold moves and experimenting in ways that might feel intimidating in larger rooms. In this graphic powder room that mixes old and new, interior designer Erin Williamson chose black-and-white patterned floor tiles, crisp white wall tiles, a retro-style free-standing sink with exposed plumbing, and a contemporary wall-mounted toilet. The dramatic matte black ceiling looks sharp yet creates a soothing, enveloping feel.Continue to 6 of 42 below.
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This powder room from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors uses pink and white wallpaper in a light and subtle pattern, vintage-style lighting, and rose gold plumbing fixtures to keep it feeling airy and feminine. A black rimmed mirror and towel rod keep the design from feeling overly sweet.Continue to 7 of 42 below.
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This powder room at the Hotel Henriette in Paris has a bright white rectangular sink with textured off-white backsplash tiles, pale pink wall paint, and vintage accessories like a round vintage beveled mirror and a retro bronze flower sconce to add charm and a sense of history to the space.Continue to 8 of 42 below.
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A Petite Sink
"This room is very petite and it was challenging to find a sink console that fit so we had one made out of an oak slab," says interior designer Erin Williamson, who added a vessel sink with eye-catching copper plumbing. Simple white tiles on the walls create a neutral backdrop for the hand-painted custom floor tiles to shine. "Because the room is so small we kept the finishes light, airy, and uncomplicated," she says.Continue to 9 of 42 below.
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This powder room at the Hotel Henriette in Paris combines simple white wall tiles, a petite wall-mounted sink with exposed plumbing, and a delicate bronze-framed hanging chain mirror with a pretty retro patterned floor tile that creates a charming focal point.Continue to 10 of 42 below.
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Bright and Breezy
Interior designer Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design created a Cape Cod-inspired powder room for an East Coast transplant to Manhattan Beach, CA with cobalt blue wallpaper and bright brass accents. It all adds up to a contemporary spin on coastal design that feels right for Southern California but could work just about anywhere.
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Interior designer Erin Williamson chose groovy patterned wallpaper with clouds of coral and a simple white and black geometric tile for a lesson in playful contrasts in this lively little powder room. A round sink with a simple tap and an organic shaped frameless mirror keep the focus on the room's most colorful feature.Continue to 12 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design turned an unused powder room into an inviting space by adding navy leather and brass sconces and textured wallpaper for a sophisticated take on nautical design that doesn't resort to cliches.Continue to 13 of 42 below.
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This powder room combines vintage and antique touches to create a timeless feel. Shiplap walls might scream modern farmhouse, but the marble-topped antique wooden hutch that houses the sink gives the room a sense of history and dimension. An antique gilded frame mirror with built-in gold-toned candlesticks works well with the golden tones of the wood console and offers a romantic touch. An antique hairbrush, a simple vase of flowers, a pretty porcelain soap dish, and a green glass bottle create a nostalgic vignette and a perfect rest spot for guests to wash their hands.Continue to 14 of 42 below.
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Little accents can make a big difference in a small space. In this powder room from Emily Henderson Design contributor Emily Bowser, a string of garland lights hanging casually from the ceiling adds ambient light and a relaxing and inviting atmosphere in this pocket-sized powder room.Continue to 15 of 42 below.
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Black and White
NYC-based interior designer Alvin Wayne used striking black-and-white wallpaper in a bold abstract pattern to create some drama in this simple powder room. A large brass-rimmed mirror adds dimension and relief.Continue to 16 of 42 below.
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This San Diego powder room from interior designer Sara Simon of Handsome Salt contrasts bright orange tiles in a strict vertical pattern with terrazzo that spills from the bottom of the wall to the flooring—creating an upbeat contemporary feel with a touch of retro. A baby blue sink with black plumbing adds contrast.
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Interior designer Amy Vroom of The Residency Bureau created a soothing powder room on Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest with rich stained wood, dark stone countertops, brass fixtures, a gilded vintage mirror, and deep green backsplash tiles.Continue to 18 of 42 below.
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If you are lucky enough to have a window in your powder room, be sure to find ways to maximize natural light. Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors hung a large mirror over the sink that reflects the view from the adjacent window, magnifying natural light and doubling the sense of space.Continue to 19 of 42 below.
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This traditional powder room from Emily Henderson Design has bright white painted wainscotting around the toilet area, and pretty patterned wallpaper in shades of blue on the top half of the wall. A small picture hung above the toilet creates a focal point, and a brass toilet paper holder adds a warm tone and a bit of sparkle.Continue to 20 of 42 below.
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Eye Level Art
Blogger Ursula Carmona for Home Made by Carmona renovated this powder room with pretty wallpaper and gold and brass finishes. She added architectural interest with painted white wainscotting, and adding interest to the wainscotting itself by hanging framed floral prints within the frames that appear low from a standing perspective but are at eye level for those seated on the throne.Continue to 21 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors chose a bold leafy wallpaper pattern in crisp shades of white and blue to add some pizzazz to this simple powder room. Brass accents add warmth and a touch of glam.Continue to 22 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Rhianna Jones of Tidal Interiors used leafy wallpaper in shades of gray and rich wood accents and flooring for this simple, natural powder room design.Continue to 23 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors created a contemporary glam powder room in shades of gold and soft white. A large decorative mirror and wallpaper share a similar pattern. Twin sconces opposite one another on the wide walls light up the whole space and add some high-voltage bling.
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Interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design used classic leopard print wallpaper, a black painted ceiling, and an organic vintage mirror and lighting turn this tiny powder room into a big statement and a nod to retro glam.
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A vintage-style wall-mounted sink is the crown jewel of this otherwise simple and modern powder room design from interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors.Continue to 26 of 42 below.
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Black on Black
Interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors juxtaposed shiny black square tiles with white grout and white wallpaper printed with black splotches to create a fun play on pattern in this powder room design. Clear lucite legs on the freestanding sink add a fun and cheeky touch.Continue to 27 of 42 below.
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Dark blue painted traditional wainscotting creates a grounded feeling in this powder room from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, while black-and-white wallpaper in an abstract pattern creates contrast on the upper portion of the wall that keeps the overall design feeling current.Continue to 28 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design chose dramatic oversize floral wallpaper by designer Ellie Cash to create drama and excitement in this simple powder room. The large scale pattern creates an expansive feeling you can get lost in and the white countertop and black painted vanity blend into the background, keeping the focus on the mesmerizing wallpaper.Continue to 29 of 42 below.
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Textured cement walls, brass accents, modern matte black wall-mounted plumbing fixtures, and a scene-stealing stone sink create drama and interest in this powder room from interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors.Continue to 30 of 42 below.
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A Quiet Haven
This cool-toned powder room takes on a serene vibe by combining icy blue wall paint, a pastel blue painted chest of drawers that doubles as a sink console, polished touches like a beveled mirror, and vintage-style wall sconces. Hints of black on the lampshades, picture frames, and sink console pulls add contrast and creates a cohesive and calming feel.Continue to 31 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design created a light, bright, cool-toned powder room with light blue and white patterned wallpaper, a large mirror that reflects light from an opposite window when the door is open, and silver accents.Continue to 32 of 42 below.
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Green, Gray, and Gold
Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created a fresh take on this traditional powder room by painting the wainscotting in a soothing shade of green, then adding a fun contemporary wallpaper on the upper half of the wall in shades of white and gray that echoes the tones of the marble sink and countertop. Shiny brass hardware on the freestanding sink adds shine and black accents keep it feeling grounded.Continue to 33 of 42 below.
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A wall of bold blue-and-white patterned wallpaper and a small crystal chandelier on the ceiling create a crisp, slightly formal look for this powder room from interior designer Amy Leferink of Interior Impressions.Continue to 34 of 42 below.
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Bold and Brassy
Bold wallpaper, brass accents, a modern sink, and a light wood vanity with plenty of storage turns this powder room from interior designer Mel Bean of Mel Bean Interiors into something vibrant and exciting.Continue to 35 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors painted this small powder room in a deep saturated blue for a calming feel. A traditional sink and beige textiles like the pom pom half-curtains on the window add a homey, earthy warmth.Continue to 36 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors chose soft tones of beige and white and cool toned hardware to create a soothing powder room design. A subtle pattern on the wallpaper and lampshades on the wall sconces add polish.Continue to 37 of 42 below.
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Shiplap to the ceiling painted in a soft pale green, natural wood, and an antique-style marble topped vanity add just the right amount of modern farmhouse charm to this powder room from interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors.Continue to 38 of 42 below.
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Soothing green paint, light-toned wood, and black-and-white accents make this powder room from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors feel polished and modern. Floating shelves above the toilet act as a display for art and objects and create a focal point.Continue to 39 of 42 below.
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Jenkintown, PA-based interior designer Rasheeda Gray of Gray Space Interiors used a dark palette for this powder room design that allows the boldly colored birds of the wallpaper to come alive in all of their technicolor glory.Continue to 40 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Janelle Blakely Photopoulos of Blakely Interior Design used a cheerful white-and-yellow-striped wallpaper and curvy lines on the sink and mirror in this sunny little powder room that gives it a whimsical movie set feel.Continue to 41 of 42 below.
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Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors chose a simple palette of white and gray for this small powder room that adds rhythm and interest. She painted the ceiling in a rich gray that adds a sense of coziness, and contrasts with the room's abundance of natural light.Continue to 42 of 42 below.
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In the Clouds
Interior designer Ashley Montgomery of Ashley Montgomery Design used dreamy Fornasetti wallpaper for this Toronto family home powder room. The abstract black-and-white cloud pattern creates a sense of expansiveness and creates a moment of beauty that elevates the modest proportions of the powder room.