The secret to pulling off a big-impact look with petite square footage: Decorate like you would in any other room. Here, our favorite tricks to follow suit. (And while you're at it, get over 100 bathroom ideas for the master suite.)
Complete with trompe l'oeil tassels, summery blue and white stripes transform a powder room by a pool into a tented beach cabana. The stripes on the ceiling mimic a peaked roof and help fool the eye into seeing a taller, loftier space.
Without the moisture and humidity from a shower to worry about, an heirloom-worthy grandfather-style clock can have pride of place. Ideal for filling a narrow span of wall, the timepiece complements the nattiness of the tailored bands of black paint.
Since there's no need to stash everyday necessities under a powder room sink, the vanity is liberated from its storage task and becomes strictly a statement piece. A Lucite-framed mirror in a zingy yellow continues the theme of transparency.
In an opposites-attract powder room, a d palette prevents the glam leopard-print wallpaper and pharmacy-style metal vanity from clashing. The distressed mirror with coral-pink streaks doesn't see daily use, so it serves mostly to inject color into the bold but limited color scheme.
When used in such a small space, this silk ikat wallcovering's large-scale print seems energizing rather than overwhelming. The 1820s French mirror's reverse-painted frame keeps the graphic patterns coming.
Fitted with a marble top and an undermount basin, an 18th-century Swedish mahogany commode morphs into a vanity. Strips of antique ikat fabric, applied like wallpaper, keep the look current.
A powder room behind a staircase embraces its tininess and becomes a moody, exotic jewel box with allover Moroccan fretwork. The perforated panels allow light to filter in while camouflaging less-than-perfect walls.
For a powder room this Lilliputian, a mirror hung at an angle above a corner sink maximizes every inch (and clutter can be stashed behind the fabric skirt). The Wedgwood plates and round accent table help counteract the boxiness — and add charm!
Even modest, done-in-a-day alterations can deliver major personality. Here, chicken wire installed in place of glass cabinet doors ups the country feel and shows off stacks of fresh towels.
The combination of a few luxe touches — delicate Baguès-style sconces, an intricately carved Italian Baroque mirror, an antique French-limestone floating vanity — creates old-world elegance and a sense of fantasy without leaving the house.
Creamy whites and solid black get an interesting edge in a Mediterranean-inspired home. An antique chest's curved lines contrast the graphic tiles original to the room.
The geometric lines of latticework pop even more thanks to two-toned paint. The walls are painted in Dix Blue and the treillage in Plummett, both by Farrow & Ball.
Save wallpaper scraps from a previous project for instant art. Framed fragments of Gracie's Georgian Tea Trade wallpaper look just like landscape paintings in a South Carolina home's powder room.
Pick up a favorite color in the wallpaper by painting a mirror to match. This whimsical powder room combines oversized orchids with an equally ornate mirror.
Sometimes two tiles are better than one. The radiating patterns in this worldly space also echo a vintage pendant and starburst-shaped sink.
Refresh an existing (and unloved) design choice by embracing it head on. This colorful bath kept the citrus wallpaper and added a window treatment in the same yellow hue for a purposeful look.
A glimpse of an inner space — like the arched alcove that designer Anne Miller provides here — makes a powder room feel larger.
Sleek features are adornment enough for lacquered maple paneling and cabinetry, as designer David Easton proves in this tribute to luxe modernity.
The oversize motifs of floral wallpaper and a geometric mirror punch up a tiny room by designer Meg Braff. Liberal dashes of white keep everything light and airy in this Hamptons home.
Paint makes the big statement here, giving a narrow space the depth of sea and sky. Designer Sally Markham chose a gloss finish to catch sunshine, or lantern light.
This iron garden ornament was brought indoors by designers Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier. A stone platform raises the urn's inset basin to conventional sink height.
Designer Ashley Whittaker replaced clinical ceiling-high white tile with fanciful Asian-themed wallpaper (lampshades mimic the red parasols) and a faux-bamboo mirror.
By symmetrically outlining two sconces to match the ebonized mirror frame, designer Robin Bell created a triptych wide enough to hold its own above a grand vanity.
Because a full second bath also serves as the powder room in this house, designer Joe Nye installed a mini "butler's tray" laden with amenities to delight guests.
Turning a quirk into an asset, designer Stephen Shubel glorified an oblique wall with the decorative silhouettes of a scallop-shell sink and a Baroque carved mirror frame.
In a subtle variation on the standard shine of chrome and mirror glass, designer Sally Markham evokes boudoir glamour with a vanity sheathed in silver leaf.
Embroidered linens double as wall decoration in this whimsical Jeffrey Bilhuber design. A rough-cut marble sink contrasts with the delicate needlework.
Enchanted forest meets princely bower, thanks to HB Home's pairing of woodland wallpaper with an inlaid cabinet they converted into a vanity.