When it comes to designing a high-impact space with minimal square footage, you have to be strategic—but you can also have just as much fun. In a powder room, for example, experimenting with color and pattern is so much less intimidating than it is in a massive, wide open space. Indeed, powder rooms tend to be some of the most exciting rooms in the house to decorate. We're spotlighting the chicest powder rooms we've ever seen, each with accompanying decorating tips and clever storage solutions.
In a small powder room without much access to natural light—for example, a windowless space under the stairs—embrace the moodier, edgier atmosphere with darker tones and dim lighting. In this powder room designed by Tamsin Johnson, the concrete floors, inky marble sink and modern wallpaper set the right mood.
While this much pattern might feel like a big commitment to make in a master bath, it's totally fun in a powder room. Contrast your an abstract floor pattern with whimsical wallpaper, but keep them within the same color family. In this powder room designed by Chango & Co., the calming and sophisticated blue tones balance out the fun prints.
Add a partial wall to enhance privacy and create more depth. In this bathroom designed by Emily Henderson, the partition actually makes the space feel larger and more dynamic. Using bright whites with gold light fixtures breaks up the sea of white nicely.
Make your powder room stand out with a fun tile. Tile half of your wall so it doesn't feel too overwhelming. In this pink bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke, the penny tiles on the upper half play up the circle motif, from the round mirror to the round wooden drawer handles while the pink subway tiles add a pop of color and contrast.
In this bathroom designed by Studio Life/Style, the classic black and white marble floors, delicate sconces, and ornate antique-inspired vanity assert a old-world charm while the modern accessories add a fresh spin.
There are so many ways to transform old objects into functional, stylish items. For example, you could save wallpaper scraps from a previous project for instant art, or your could take note from Leanne Ford Interiors and turn a bucket into a rustic, one-of-a-kind sink.
Embrace a favorite color in the powder bath—this is the perfect time to get bold and create a jewel box. Heather Hilliard went with an energizing an upbeat green and fuchsia wallpaper here.
Sleek materials are the only adornment you need, as design firm Hecker Guthrie proves in this tribute to luxe and streamlined modernity.
If your powder room is tiny and lacking in built-in storage space, clear clutter and add more surface room for knick knacks by installing a shelf. Do so above the toilet or right under the mirror and above the sink, as done in this space designed by Leanne Ford.
Designer Nina Farmer made the retro sink feel new again by adding a gorgeous Robert Crowder & Co marble-effect wallpaper. The original wainscoting was painted in Farrow & Ball's Plummet, which complements the paper and makes the powder room feel more formal. We also love the asymmetry of the bathroom mirror placement. So consider this proof that you don't need to completely redo the powder room to make it feel fresh.
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. In this contemporary powder room designed by Hecker Guthrie, the neutral tones allow the interesting materials and contrasting textures to pop without feeling overwhelming. The convex mirror is also an interesting touch.
For a timeless powder room, keep things black and white (is there any combo that's more classic?). But keep things fresh by swapping in seasonal and bright florals. In this space designed by NICOLEHOLLIS Studio, the mix of materials along with the pretty orange flowers keep things interesting.
Even the pattern-averse can get on board with a monochrome print. The powder room designed in Studio DB features a sweet and lighthearted wallpaper that complements the swirls in the marble vanity perfectly.
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.
Who needs a giant mirror when you can look at a seriously cool sconce instead? With chic Art Deco-inspired statements, this bathroom designed by Studio DB is also super functional, thanks to the towel hooks and racks.
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.
Opt for a high-gloss paint or glossy zellige tiles that catch the sunshine for a striking powder room. Good looks aside, this Hecker Guthrie-designed space has all the powder room essentials, too, from the towel bar to the privacy curtains and mirrored cabinets.
It's easy to feel stuck or limited when decorating a tiny powder room. When in doubt, use your vertical space and decorator the walls. Take this powder room in Ailana Michelle Ralph's home, for example. With a light blush pink wall color and a surrounding gallery of eclectic artwork, the small small space leaves a strong impression.
Mirrored walls can make a small space feel double its size. Here, Arent and Pyke made the entire wall behind the sink, making a big impact without taking up any space. Ands when you can't bring out the power drills and install wall hooks for linens, bring in a stool and slide it next to the sink.
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.
Hecker Guthrie added a little shelf for hand soap and lotion in the same material as the marble backsplash so as to not interrupt visual flow. There's also extra cabinet space under the sink for stowing away bathroom essentials.
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.
A floating sink means more room for storage underneath—or more free visual space if you want your room to appear larger. This one designed by Studio DB pops against the floral wallpaper and black paint.
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.
Can't decide on a color? Choose two! This two-toned wall is actual goals. See more at Nicole Franzen.
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.
This powder room designed by Amber Interiors makes another strong case for floating your sink. And it's also always a good idea to keep a candle in there (for obvious reasons).
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.
Aside from making it look good, the main objective when decorating a powder room is to create a comfortable space for guests—and there's nothing more annoying than a powder room without a wastebasket. Take note from Alexander Design and choose for a casually chic option that doubles as decor.
You'd never guess that this pretty powder room is inside a space that used to be a ramshackle barn until textile designer Jonathan Robshaw gave it his magic touch. Robshaw used his own Shapphire wallpaper in the petite space, along with a custom chik blind backed in a printed fabric.
Here, chicken wire installed in place of glass cabinet doors ups the country feel and shows off stacks of fresh towels.