14 powder room ideas – gorgeous looks that prove you can go bold in a small space

Let these powder room ideas inspire you to go be braver than ever with your decorating, even in the smallest of spaces...

Davey Lighting powder room
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Despite potentially being one of the smallest rooms in your house, powder rooms are some of the most exciting and inspiring to decorate. 

Because of the size, you can get so much more adventurous with your colors, patterns and designs. Anything you weren't quite brave enough to do in your main bathroom, can be brought to life in a powder room. 

'Bathrooms, in particular small powder rooms, are the perfect places to be a little bit bolder and braver with your interior design choices. Homeowners aren’t scared anymore to make a statement and a vibrant, large-scale or bold dark wallpaper is definitely a great way to do this!' explains Rebecca Drury, Co-Founder of MissPrint.

Yep, we're all about the funky wallpapers, bright basins and quirky accessories, so just keep scrolling for all the inspiration you need to get decorating this tiny room...

1. Pick a statement sink

Nest bathroom with marble sink

(Image credit: Nest)

Dreamed of a marble sink? Or maybe a colorful sink was on your wish list but you thought it might be too bold in your family bathroom? Well, a powder room is the place to be brave with your sanitaryware. 

Let your sink be the focus of the space and keep the rest of the room minimal – this also means you can splurge the majority of your budget on that dream sink.  

'To design a wow factor cloakroom, a focal point is a must, and – due to the lack of space – this has to be either the basin, a vanity or both. Try a sculptural basin, a vanity in a bold color or different finishes for the brassware. A mirror with separate wall lights or pendants will also create drama in a cloakroom,' explains Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C.P. Hart.

2. Go for a style that's out of your comfort zone

If you love a certain style but you know it won't work throughout your whole home, experiment with that style in your powder room. 

For example, love that quirky, traditional, cottagecore look that's everywhere right now? But don't want it to interrupt the modern vibe going on in your other rooms? Bring that style into the powder room. 

3. Expand space with a large mirror

Powder room with dark blue door

(Image credit: Fritz Fryer)

It's interior design 101 that mirrors make rooms feel bigger. They are also an essential in a powder room, so go as big as your space can handle. 

If you are really squeezed for space, be sure to pick a mirror that has a thin or non-existent frame, so you're not adding any unnecessary fuss to the space.

4. Paint with your favorite color

Small pink bathroom

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Plaster-like, blush, pale pinks have been the color for well, years now, and are still among our shades colors to decorate with. Pink is the perfect color for a smaller space, too, as it's still light and isn't going to overwhelm the room, but is also way more exciting than white or grey. 

Our fave pink? It has to be the classic Calamine from Farrow & Ball.

5. Or go for a classic all-white

Farrow & Ball powder room ideas

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If color isn't your thing, you can't go wrong with an all-white color scheme in a powder room. 

Add some interest by layering up different tones of white – try a cooler tone on the walls and warmer for the woodwork. Plus you could add a rustic touch by painting floorboards white too, plus this works to seamlessly blend the powder room with the adjoining room. 

6. Add texture with a rug

Davey Lighting powder room

(Image credit: Davey Lighting )

It can be tricky to add warmth and texture into a powder room, but a cute rug can be the easiest way to do just that. A rug in your main bathroom might not be all that practical, but in a smaller powder room, they aren't going to get wet and will just bring in some color. 

We love how this vintage Persian rug works with the more contemporary vibe of the rest of the space. it's a look that's all over Pinterest right now. 

7. Mix in vintage pieces for a traditional powder room

Original Style bathroom

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Got your eye on a gorgeous antique cabinet but can't find a place to make it work in your home? Try and see if you could repurpose it as a vanity or under-mount for your sink in a powder room. 

Using vintage pieces will bring in character to the space, plus look fab even super modern rooms. 

8. Add prints for a simple powder room idea

Not sure how to bring your style into such a small space? You can always squeeze in some of your fave prints, or even create a gallery wall for a more eclectic feel. 

Also note this gorgeous sage green – the perfect backdrop for prints, posters and artwork, and a bang on trend hue for 2021. 

9. Go for a monochrome scheme 

Bathroom Renovation

(Image credit: Heather Cooke, Interior Swag)

Monochrome is such a timeless look for a powder room, and is a color scheme that works no matter what your style. Plus, it's an easy pallet to change up as your styles change, too. 

For example, this gorgeous powder room has been given a boho feel with the jute rug and the texture pouf, but you could quickly switch it to be a more minimalist space by making a few changes. Versatile – our ever-changing minds are here for it. 

10. Add in some greenery

With its rustic character and cosy interior, Karen and Adam Griggs’ former worker’s cottage comes into its own at Christmas

(Image credit: David Burton)

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to literally bring life into the smallest of spaces – if you can't squeeze in any other decor, a bit of greenery is a must. You could go for a big palm for a bougie, hotel bathroom feel or keep it subtle with a couple of hanging plants. 

If your powder room doesn't get any natural light you might want to go with faux plants to increase their chance of survival. 

11. Go for a two-tone color palette 

Powder room ideas

(Image credit: Burlington and @manwithahammer)

How dreamy is this powder room?! That color combo of the palest pink and the blues is perfect for this small space, keeping it light and airy but far from boring. 

The other top tip we are taking from this room is to paint the ceiling. Why leave it boring white when you can use it to add color?

12. Be bold with a statement wallpaper

There is a tendency in small rooms to keep the walls fuss-free, for fear that anything too busy will make the space feel even smaller. BUT, choose the right wallpaper and it can actually expand the room. 

Picking something statement and in a darker color like this fab print from Cole & Son almost blurs the edges of the room, the corners become unclear and make the space feel bigger. 

13. Squeeze in some storage 

Finding space for storage in a powder room can be tricky, but it is an essential if you want to create a stylish, clutter-free space. 

This powder room just proves how much storage you can squeeze in and still looking lovely. Add a wicker basket under the sink for loo rolls, prop some ladder storage against the wall for towels and introduce a teeny cabinet for toiletries and a bit of extra surface space. 

14. Pick a floating sink for a powder room 

December 2019: Katy Waters and husband Jason have created a Scandi-inspired master bedroom in the loft of their home in Ealing

(Image credit: Chris Snook )

A floating sink is the perfect choice in a powder room as it will take up much less space physically and visually and won't prevent light from flowing around the space. They also look super stylish and minimalist – this simple compact design looks perfect with the gold hardware and there's still enough room to keep the essential Aesop products which are a must in our opinion!

What is a powder room?

Powder room ideas

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A powder room is essentially a small, extra bathroom that's traditionally found on the first floor of a property to be used by guests. It's usually made up of just a toilet and a basin, but despite being small, they are super convenient and are becoming more of an essential in modern homes. 

How do I dress up a powder room?

Obviously this comes down to your personal style – beyond having to include the essentials (a toilet and wash basin) how you dress your space is totally up to you. As you have probably sussed however, we are very much up for going bold in a powder room since they are small spaces that can feel quite separate from the rest  of your home so you needn't worry about matching styles. 

Should I wallpaper my powder room?

Removable wallpaper in a bathroom

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'You can afford to be more creative and playful with your decorating choices in a powder room. You can also inject pattern and color with wallpaper for a really impactful effect,' says Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C.P. Hart.

'A powder room isn’t as steamy or wet as the main bathroom, so wallpaper is a safe option to truly personalize your space and create something a little different from the rest of the house.' 

How to do you light a powder room?

Yellow and grey bathroom with wall lights

(Image credit: Pooky)

'Whether you have your own powder room or a smaller bathroom think about how you can replicate the tone and feel of natural light as best as possible. Start off with considering where your light sources are located. 

In most cases we have an overhead pendant or spotlights. Although great for creating practical or mood lighting, they are less than ideal for a powder room style setting as overhead light casts shadows.' explains Rohan Blacker, founder of Pooky

'Wall lights are an especially good option in a powder room, not only stylish but you can install them at a desired eye level, perhaps on either side of your mirror which will then diffuse your light effectively. Alternatively, look for adjustable fixtures which can tilt so you can bounce the light against a wall to avoid direct light shining on you as again, this would create shadows.;

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.