7+ Small Powder Room Ideas for a Beautifully Decorated Half Bath
Give your half bath a refresh with these beautiful powder room ideas for decorating and organizing!
They say sometimes the best things come in small packages. And after completing a makeover on the tiniest room in our house, I have definitely found that to be true!
Our powder room / half bath is only 5′ x 4.5′. It started off pretty boring when we moved into this house…
The powder room is located right near the front door. So even though it’s small, it’s a pretty visible space. And it’s also the bathroom that guests are most likely to use.
Pre-Covid, we hosted a decent size gathering at our house. Since the half bath was looking pretty dingy, I took half a day and gave it a really quick spruce up. I painted the walls, added a floating shelf, plunked down some accessories, and called it a day.
It wasn’t terrible, but I knew we could do better. Recently Donnie and I set out to really update the half bath and make it beautiful.
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Instead of seeing a boring and forgettable bathroom when we walk in our front door, we are now met with this view…
And we are so thrilled with how it turned out! Here are the 7 biggest powder room ideas we used to take our bathroom from “blah” to beautiful:
1. Bring in storage with a pretty vanity.
If you’ve spent much time on this blog at all, you know that organization is always at the forefront of my mind. The pedestal sink that was in this bathroom when we moved in offered absolutely nothing in terms of storage, so I had been storing the supplies for our half bath in our entry cabinet instead.
This was an okay solution, but one of my top priorities when we set out to redo this space was to add some actual storage to the half bath. We ended up doing so in the form of this oh-so-pretty vanity…
I was a bit nervous that our tiny bathroom wouldn’t be able to accommodate a vanity, but the 24″ size ended up being a perfect fit.
The cabinet has plenty of space to hold all of the extra toilet paper and soap we need. And we even have room to grow if we end up needing to store more items.
2. Add interest to the powder room with beadboard / wainscoting.
One of the great things about small spaces is that you can add an eye-catching wall treatment like beadboard or board and batten or shiplap without having to spend a ton of money to do it.
This was the first time we had ever used beadboard (also called wainscoting). We loved it because unlike shiplap that has to be installed one plank at a time, beadboard comes in full sheets. We were able to have the guys at Home Depot cut it to the correct height for us before we even left the store, and then Donnie just had to cut it to the correct width when we got home.
While we were at it, we also took the time to install chunkier baseboards and capped off the top of the beadboard with a finishing trim piece.
With the baseboard, beadboard, and top trim piece, our wall treatment ended up being 6′ high, or 2/3 the height of our 9′ high space. I have found that bringing the wall treatment to the 2/3 mark rather than splitting the wall directly in half is more visually appealing, and it also allows us to…
3. Draw the eye up in the half bath with pretty wallpaper.
I am typically a little pattern shy, but I knew I could handle it in small doses in this room! Wallpaper can also be pricey, but since I was just doing the top 3′ of the room, I didn’t need a TON of it. (And the job of wallpapering was a lot less intimidating too. See the simple wallpaper tutorial here!)
I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it, and with its light blue background and aqua accents, I knew it would fit in perfectly with the rest of our house’s color scheme.
Related: If you are an aqua lover as well, you can find more than 15 other beautiful aqua wallpaper options in this post.
4. Add character with chunky craftsman trim.
We have been slowly changing out the trim work ever since we moved into our house, replacing the minimal and cheap looking trim that the builder put in with chunkier craftsman style trim.
This view of the beadboard AND chunky window trim AND cute wood shutter makes my heart so happy. I just love all the character it brings to our once “cookie cutter” house!
The door got the chunky trim treatment as well (which made wallpapering this corner a little interesting, but well worth it)!
Chunky trim may not always be one of those things that you walk into a room and notice immediately, but it really elevates the overall feel of a space and makes it feel more custom and homey.
5. Show off the half bath with gorgeous lighting.
We have added or replaced more than 20 (!!!) light fixtures since we moved into this house 4 years ago. (I practically have our electrician on speed dial! 😂) Many of the rooms didn’t come with light fixtures at all and the ones that did were pretty generic, so we’ve been switching them out for ones that are more our taste.
I found this simple, inexpensive brass fixture when I was searching around for the perfect pieces for the powder room, and I just love it so much. It ties in with the small gold-ish accents in the wallpaper too, which makes my type A self more than a little giddy. 😉
And speaking of brass fixtures…
6. Focus in on half bath fixtures.
We ended up with quite a few of them in this space! I chose a pivot mirror because I knew that it was going to have to clear the ledge of the beadboard. Having it out away from the wall a little bit gave us the flexibility to do that.
We had to purchase our faucet separately from our sink, so while I was at it, I chose a brass version for that too. (Well technically, it’s called champagne bronze. And incidentally, I ended up picking the same faucet that had been on the previous pedestal sink in the powder room, just wider set and in a different finish.)
I also nabbed a cute towel holder/toilet paper holder set to round out our fixtures. Who knew I would be so excited about a toilet paper holder?!
(And it’s just a bar and doesn’t have one of those tricky tension rods, so I’m hoping the rest of my family will be more likely to change the toilet paper roll. Maybe? A small chance? A mama can dream! 🙂 )
7. Finish up with beautiful details.
There wasn’t much extra space for decor and accessories in this itty bitty room, but I snuck them in where I could!
The area above the toilet needed a little something, so I found this cute square frame to fit the spot. It was originally a lighter gold that didn’t match the other metals in the room, so I used Rub ‘n Buff to fix the color. (If you’ve never used Rub ‘n Buff before, you can get a quick tutorial in this post.)
Also, I cut that beach picture out of the table of contents in a Magnolia Journal magazine because it was the perfect color combo for this room! You can find “art” just about anywhere! I placed a faux plant from TJ Maxx on the back of the toilet as well.
Some pretty soap and one cute votive holder on the top of the vanity later, and our little powder room was finished! Yippee!
Let’s take a peek at the before and after…
Oh, how I love when a plan comes together!
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If you’re looking for any of the items we used in our half bath, you can find them via the links below:
Faux Plant- TJ Maxx
Towel Holder and Toilet Paper Holder
Soap- TJ Maxx
Votive Holder- HomeGoods
What are your favorite powder room ideas for decorating and organizing? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!
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I love what you did to your powder room. The one thing I struggle with since I have a similar cabinet is how do you clean the floor underneath and get all the dust bunnies that get under there? My cabinet faces a wall so there is only 3 1/2 feet from front edge of cabinet to the wall.
I have a duster with a pole that can easily reach under and get all of the dust out from underneath! 🙂
Looks fantastic ! Great job.
Thanks so much, Catherine! Hope you have a great week! <3
LOVE IT! Wish we had a window in our tiny powder room. I hope to get rid of our pedestal sink at some point as well so we can have some storage. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much, Shannon! Hope you have an awesome week! <3
Love your powder bathroom. Which size mirror did you end up using for your vanity? The 20×30 or 24×30? Thanks so much!
Hi, Ashley! We used the 24×30. Have an awesome week! <3
Hello, this powder room reno came out really well. Thanks for the ideas and recs! How do you like the quality of the vanity? I keep going between pre-fab and custom for my bathroom!
So far it has held up really well– we have no complaints! Have fun with your bathroom reno!
Love what you did! What is the name of the trim work above and below the bead board? I love the style.
Hi, Whitley! Thank you so much for your kind words! Both the header pieces and the baseboard are from WindsorONE’s Classical Craftsman line here: https://windsorone.com/products/moldings/classical-craftsman/ . Have a wonderful week!