“I think I’ll go powder my nose.” This is a line that I’ve heard in so many movies, usually spoken by a woman who looks so perfect you can’t imagine why she’d ever want to put powder on her nose. I always assumed this was a polite way to say “it’s time to tinkle”, though I much prefer saying something along the lines of “I’m gonna use the pisser.”
I always assumed that a powder room was also just another fancy way of saying “bathroom”, but it turns out that there is a difference between the two! Powder rooms are also known as a “half bath” or “guest bath”, meaning that they only have 2/4 of the regular components that a bathroom has: they possess only a toilet and a sink.
Not every home has a powder room, but if you’re in the business of living in a mansion, chances are that you have a powder room and are keen on making it dreamy. That’s why we’ve created this collection of 12 beautiful powder room ideas to hopefully inspire all of your own powder room renovations!
1. The Slick Slate Powder Room
Appliances: This is such a quaint sink style, with lovely built in forest green drawers and some wicker baskets for extra storage. The under mount sink with a dark gray marble countertop is an elegant touch, and just the right width to keep it small, but enough to place a glass of wine or a set of earrings. I love this type of faucet built right into the wall. Very classy.
Floors: Gorgeous dark stone tiles have been used to adorn this powder room floor. The bit of texture left in the surface of the stone is a rustic and luxurious feel. Darker floors can risk being too dark, but the other elements of the room just make it feel elegant.
Walls: Simple white tile has been used for the bottom half of this powder room, mainly for easy clean and brightness, while a fun floral wallpaper used for the upper half of the room matches the sink cabinet perfectly and adds a fun flare.
Decoration: Very simple decorations are best reserved for smaller rooms, and that’s what we see here with a gorgeous bouquet of dried flowers and neat light fixtures on either side of the mirror.
This wonderful powder room has been designed by chango & co.
2. The Wooden Powder Room
Appliances: This is a lovely powder room for a rustic ski lodge get away. I say this because of all of the wooden elements in the room, starting with the wooden cabinetry mounted with a bowl sink made of some stunning brass and its matching faucet.
Floors: Dark hardwood floors match perfectly with the door and sink cabinet, and magically with the walls as well, creating quite a dramatic effect and cozy powder room.
Walls: It feels rather unusual to see wood paneling like this for any room let alone a bathroom, but it feels like a very appropriate choice considering the theme of the home.
Decoration: Three beautiful pendant lights hanging above the sink do a wonderfully job of both lightening and livening up the space. All that’s missing now is some fluffy towels and perhaps a purple orchid for the edge of the sink.
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3. The Simple Gray Powder Room
Appliances: This is a more modern take on the powder room, and if anything is certain about modern design, it’s that it’s minimal. This simple wooden cabinet does a great job of hiding all of the hardware for the sink, while the simple bowl sink made of porcelain matches the tankless toilet perfectly.
Floors: Lovely dark gray tiling is such a smart choice for a room that gets lots of foot traffic.
Walls: I always love when a designer chooses to use the same tile for the floors of a bathroom as the walls. It really makes a room feel like one tiny pocket, and it’s basically the only room you can have made entirely of tile! Take advantage! Who doesn’t love tile?
Decoration: A tiny potted plant appears to be the only decoration presently in the room, but this room is just screaming for a pop of color by way of perhaps some dried flowers or a fluffy bath mat. Are toilet seat covers still in vogue?
4. The Midcentury Modern Powder Room
Appliances: I think that this powder room is my personal favorite in the collection. This very chic sink area has been custom built to fit in this little cubby, and it is made from a gorgeous stain of hardwood. Shining hardware really pops against the wood grain, while a standard but generously sized under mount sink is a utile but lovely choice.
Floors: As I just mentioned, I simply love it when a designer chooses to use the same tile for the floor as they do for the walls, and this room is really revelling in that choice. This texture and shade of tile is modest, warm, yet elegant.
Walls: While we already spoke of the main wall tiles, I think the most special part of the room is the area surrounding the sink. The tiny brown tiles used as the backsplash is where I’m getting the midcentury modern inspiration, while the wood accents on either side of the mirror really hit it even further.
Decoration: While this room doesn’t currently have decoration, I can see a bouquet of fresh sunflowers sitting on the sink, and a lilac bath mat to keep your feet cozy. It’s incredible what decor can do for a room, get fun with it!
5. The Quaint Powder Room
Appliances: Here we have an example of a powder room that needed to do some space saving, and they did that with a wall mount sink without a surrounding counter, and a tankless toilet. Tiny, yet all you really need at the end of the day!
Floors: Another example of using the same floor material for the walls, but in this case we have some gorgeous golden hardwood.
Walls: Wood floors is slightly rare to see in bathrooms, but not when that bathroom is in a home in the mountains or the country. The blocks of white wall do a great job of opening up the space, ensuring it doesn’t feel too cramped in there.
Decoration: A set of matching potted plants on the windowsill is just the start for the decoration in this room. That blank wall leaves plenty of room for some personal artwork, and you could even incorporate a minimal towel rack complete with some nice patterned hand towels!
6. The Stylish Tiled Powder Room
Appliances: This elegant and stylish powder room is made so by this generously sized sink area with a metal table-like foundation with plenty of storage space underneath, a built in hand towel rack, and a huge top mount porcelain sink in a modern squared shape.
Floors: The tile choice for this powder room is truly magnificent. Having rectangular shaped styles instead of squared already gives an elevated look, but this particular choice of stone and grain is elegant, daring, and endlessly stylish.
Walls: Simple white wall tiles feel like the correct choice, especially beside floor tiles as dramatic as these!
Decoration: While this room is currently not decorated, there is enough counter space that you could really play around! Perhaps a fancy incense burner, a gorgeous potted plant, a fancy sculpture to hold your jewelry, the options are endless.
7. The Wallpapered Powder Room
Appliances: A sleek, black countertop holds a top mount sink in a modern squared shape, complete with a stainless steel faucet. I bet there’s plenty of storage space underneath that countertop.
Walls: A rather dark wallpaper was chosen for this powder room, but the pattern on the wallpaper is beyond elegant. Having a wallpaper with golden accents in it allows for tons of room to play with the accessories in the room.
Decoration: While the wallpaper alone could risk being too dark, other elements in the room really help bring out the lightness in the wallpaper. The golden framed mirror makes the golden accents in the wallpaper really stand out, while the gorgeous and rustic wall lamps simply illuminate the golden accents.
8. The Sensual Powder Room
Appliances: Now this is a rather dramatic powder room. Though it may be too intense for my own home, you can be absolutely certain that any person entering this powder room is going to take a selfie in the mirror. This entirely custom room is made utile by a top mount sink with a slanted bowl in a dramatic black color, with a corresponding wall mount facet made of gold. The drama of it all!
Floors & Walls: It is completely wild to me that the floors, walls, and countertops are all made from that gorgeous tiling. The particular tile chosen is rather small and metallic, which makes the entire room kind of resemblant of the scales of snake. The light catches each different tile and accentuates a different shade, adding a curious kind of light to an overall extremely darkly toned room.
Decoration: A single hanging lamp is the only bit of decoration in this room, but the shape and texture of the light adds a curious kind of softness to the space that I really appreciate. All of my tips for decorating a powder room truly go out the window with a room designed like this. I’m at a loss, but I think that’s a good thing.
This incredible powder room design is courtesy of Lloyd Hartley Architects.
9. The Contemporary Powder Room
Appliances: The powder room really has it all. It’s minimal, it’s elegant, it’s inviting, and yet it’s fresh and fun as well. This gorgeous floating sink feature comes with two built in drawers and a levitating stone countertop which is home to a gorgeous, shining black bowl sink.
Floors: This is my personal favorite shade of hardwood flooring. This stain is light and inviting and reminds me of the color of sand, which feels very appropriate for a powder room. It also provides a great contrast to the darker walls.
Walls: Here we see a rather unique choice of tiling in a hexagon shape. These black tiles are very subtle but still give you the impression of a beehive. The painted wall matches the color perfectly, while a towel drying rack is camouflaged into the accent wall.
Decoration: This room is perfectly decorated in my opinion. A piece of colorful art on the wall, and a couple of happy potted plants sitting on the generously sized countertop. All that’s missing is some fluffy colorful rugs on the towel drying rack!
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10. The Jewelry Box Powder Room
Appliances: This is a powder room that screams extravagancy and luxury to me. A very dramatic sink area is created with a huge slab of light gray and white marble that composes the countertop and the carved out sink. A very created faucet is brought up from the floor and acts like a hose spraying into the slanted sink bowl. So unique!
Floors: Simple white tiles for the floor feel like a necessary choice against so many other dramatic elements in the room.
Walls: Stunning and highly textured tiles were used for the walls in this room, which completely removes the need for decoration in the space. The color of the tiles is rich, elegant, and bold. The gold framed mirror brings out the gold flecks in the tiles, created a beautiful harmony.
Decoration: A gentle glass of freshly picked flowers are really the only piece of decor you could want in this highly extravagant room.
11. The Pebble Powder Room
Appliances: This powder room is a really unique thing to see. A floating counter made of beautiful wood is host to a tremendously modern but elegant sink bowl that looks like a giant porcelain pebble. A modest and tankless toilet goes with the flow.
Floors & Walls: The walls and floors in this room are one of the most unique design features I’ve ever seen. Stripes alternating between slanted hardwood panels and arranged white pebbles makes for a truly remarkable statement, something you’d never usually expect from a powder room. The colors, the contrast, the textures, to die for!
Decoration: With so much drama already in the room, all it needed was a subtle but lovely hanging light fixture and something living, and we got that with this flower petal lamp and vase of dried grass. Some beautiful.
12. The Wooden Mosaic Powder Room
Appliances: This simple but loud powder room is a great way to end the collection. The sink area has it all: a concealed area for all the piping and some cheeky storage, an open shelf for all of your fluffy towels, a long countertop for all of your weird dried sticks in a bundle, and an elegantly shaped bowel sink.
Walls: Obviously the walls in this room are the most special aspect of it. A mosaic made from different grains, stains, and types of wood all come together to create a piece of art on the wall, creating dimension, contrast, and drama. I personally think the mirror could stand to be bigger, but that’s just me. Maybe I like looking at my own face too much.
Decoration: The main features of this room are truly decoration enough, but I won’t say no to a weird bundle of dried sticks to lay on the counter.