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 the right paint color, flooring, a 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. From vintage to contemporary, you'll find fixtures, plumbing, and accessories to fit your vision.
Tiny Bath, Large Tiles
Though counterintuitive, larger format tiles for walls and floors work well in powder rooms. Fewer grout lines tend to open up a space.
Here are 15 of our favorite powder room ideas in varied styles and colors to inspire your project.
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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 15 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 15 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 15 below.
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"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 5 of 15 below.
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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 6 of 15 below.
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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 7 of 15 below.
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This handsome powder room in shades of blue includes a sink console painted a deep blue, blue textured wall tiles in a slightly lighter hue, and a barely-there-blue on the walls. A round mirror adds softness and an exposed bulb pendant light with a bright copper detail is a warm counterpoint that adds a playful feel.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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This pretty 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 9 of 15 below.
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This bright powder room has fresh white paint on the walls and ceiling, a modern wall-mounted toilet, and a large frameless mirror to bounce light around and create the illusion of more space. Warm hardwood floors, a modern farmhouse sink with a vintage style tap, and a little vase of flowers create a contemporary farmhouse vibe.Continue to 10 of 15 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 11 of 15 below.
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This charming 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 focal point.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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A repurposed sewing machine table doubles as a sink for the vanity in this shiny new retro-inspired powder room. Graphic use of black and white creates a retro vibe with the patterned floor tile, a black ladder for towels, a black framed mirror, and industrial style wall sconces. A hint of soft gray wall paint adds a tender touch to the otherwise crisp color palette.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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This pretty powder room isn't trying to reinvent the wheel but instead leans into the traditional, nostalgic vibes with charming flowered wallpaper to create a pleasing focal point. A white marble-topped vanity, white enamel crown molding, vintage-style round mirror, and modern retro chandelier with lampshades to soften the light completes the throwback look.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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This sweet 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 15 of 15 below.
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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.