30 Powder Rooms That Will Seriously Impress Your Guests

We are here for that half-tiled wall.

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When it comes to pulling off a big-impact look with minimal square footage, you have to be strategic. From playing with pattern, to bold color, to making your room feel way larger than it actually is—these are the chicest powder room ideas around. Need ideas for your larger bathrooms? We've got that, too.

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Pattern on Pattern

While this much pattern might feel a bit much for your master bath, it's totally fun in a powder room. Contrast your floor and your wall so it doesn't feel too matchy-matchy.

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wallpaper in a powder room
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Float Your Sink

A floating sink means more room for storage underneath—or more free visual space if you want your room to appear larger.

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Tile Your Wall

Make your powder room stand out with a fun tile. Tile half of your wall so it doesn't feel too overwhelming.

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Go Farmhouse

Brass accents, shiplap, and a neutral color palette—Joanna Gaines would totally approve.

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Take It Two-Toned

Can't decide on a color? Choose two! This two-toned wall is actual goals.

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Stay Neutral

A small space can feel chaotic, fast—especially if you're using bold pattern. Keep to a neutral palette and you can get away with a lot more.

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White, White, White

You know the drill—all white everything tricks you into thinking the space is larger than it is. Put this in use in your powder room with white walls and a white vanity.

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Set The Mood

The space is super small, so play it up with moody lighting. The less natural light, the better this works.

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Go Black & White

Is there any combo more classic? We're obsessed with this super sexy powder room.

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Try An Oval Mirror

You aren't using it to get ready in the morning, so you don't need a super functional mirror. Play with mirror shapes for a more interesting powder room.

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Did we mention we like stripes?
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Beach It Up

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.

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bathroom with grandfather clock
Christopher Sturman
Go Vintage

Without the moisture and humidity from a shower to worry about, you can show off an antique, like this grandfather-style clock. Ideal for filling a narrow span of wall, the timepiece complements the nattiness of the tailored bands of black paint.

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powder room
Nancy Nolan
Accent With Lucite

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.

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Thomas Loof
Mix Grey & Gold

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.

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Thomas Loof
Use Vintage Furniture

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.

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latticed bathroom
Victoria Pearson
Take It Trellis

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.

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farmhouse bathroom
Pieter Estersohn
Go Rustic

Here, chicken wire installed in place of glass cabinet doors ups the country feel and shows off stacks of fresh towels.

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meg braff long island bathroom
Francesco Lagnese
Choose Muted Wallpaper

Even the pattern-averse can get on board with a monochrome print. The powder room of a New York colonial features Farrow & Ball's Lotus wallpaper, but navy swirls look just as nice.

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moroccan bathroom
William Abranowicz
Go Moroccan

Sometimes, two tiles are better than one. The radiating patterns in this worldly space also echo a vintage pendant and starburst-shaped sink.

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Julian Wass
Play With Texture

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.

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bath with bright blue wall covering
Jonny Valiant
Go Bold

Embrace a favorite color like this bold bath. According to traditional feng shui, blue-greens represent youth, new beginnings and confidence.

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animal print powder room
Reid Rolls
Add Animal Prints

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.

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Space Savers

For a powder room this small, 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.

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powder room
Kerri McCaffety
Strategic Splurges

The combination of a few luxe touches—Baguès-style sconces, an intricately carved Italian Baroque mirror, an antique French-limestone floating vanity—creates old-world elegance and a sense of luxury without leaving the house.

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cream powder room
Anne Schlechter
Spanish Colonial-Inspired

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.

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J. Savage Gibson
Use Recycled Materials

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.

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powder room of red maple
John Gould Bessler
Try Red Maple

Sleek features are adornment enough for lacquered maple paneling and cabinetry, as designer David Easton proves in this tribute to luxe modernity.

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powder room with green pattern
James Merrell
Incorporate Patterns

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.

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deep blue painted powder room
Peter Estersohn
Go Glossy

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.

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urn sink in powder room
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Swap Your Basin

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.

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