20 Quick & Clever Powder Room Makeover Tips
Powder rooms may be notoriously small, but they’re the perfect place to make your design fantasies a reality, like graphic tile, fabulous fixtures or wallpaper with serious wow-factor. There are practical things to consider before you get to the fun part, though. Wondering how much space is needed between the toilet and sink? At least 18″ to 21″ from the front of the sink or vanity to the toilet. Debating whether it’s okay to hang wallpaper in a bathroom? Yes! Look for vinyl papers or ones that are water-resistant (and when in doubt always consult the professionals). Read on for more smart tricks to help you design your dream powder room.
By painting the two drawers of this vanity in a barely-there blue, this basic vanity was transformed into a real focal point.
A big mirror like this one provides relief from a busy brushstroked wallpaper.
If your budget is tight, rather than wallpapering or tiling your powder room walls, keep them white and add a black-framed mirror and matte black sconces.
To give your new powder room soul, mix in a few metals and a mirror with vintage charm.
Good for illuminating more than just paintings, this metal fixture makes an artful statement over bathroom mirrors.
Deep grey paint gives this powder room an unexpected cocooning effect, balanced by a bright white sink and toilet.
Instead of mounting an oversized mirror on your petite powder room wall, consider resting a smaller mirror on your sink.
To create an airy look in your powder room (and to save floor space) consider using a floating vanity.
In this small powder room, a frameless mirror makes the patterned-packed space feel even larger.
A rich color on the trim and door stands up to the vibrant splatter-print wallpaper in this powder room. To balance the youthful energy of the wallpaper, try bringing in a few trad accents.
Black chalkboard paint encourages kids to indulge their inner graffiti artist.
Swapping an existing faucet for a wall-mounted version may cost you a bit in plumbing labor, but the space savings on your counter will make it well worth it.
When space is at a premium, a pocket door makes a lot of sense. Simply paint it in a different color to turn it into a design feature.
Thanks to an elegant fabric skirt, this powder room got a dose of visual interest and the plumbing was easily concealed.
Even in a pint-sized powder room, a gallery wall is totally doable. Just stick to a simple palette — like black and white — and use all the same frames for consistency.
To offset the cost of a pricey marble vanity, consider tiling walls in simple subway tile.
If you have your heart set on pretty patterned tiles, consider using them on the floor, then carrying a coordinating color up the wall using a simpler tile.
Make the most of unusable nooks in your powder room with open shelving — an affordable DIY you can add yourself.
Even in small powder rooms there is room for pretty decorating moments, like a 1 3/4″ deep rail that holds perfume bottles and artwork.
The stone sink in this bathroom feels appropriate to the farmhouse-style clapboard walls and saves space with its narrow design.