Whether you call it a half-bath or a powder room, this occasional space has the potential to be one of the most stylish in your home. The main reason might surprise you: It’s because of the small dimensions of the room. Statement wallpaper or bold paint colors don’t seem as overwhelming in a little space, after all. The limited square footage also forces you to be more selective about décor. Inspired to rethink this space? Here are a few of our favorite powder room trends:
Go for the gold
Why we love it: Warm gold has been one of the trendiest finishes of the year. It’s especially gorgeous in a powder room, like this space featured in Domino. Why? Because the warm metallic reflects light into a complexion-enhancing glow. Shop metallic accents at Viyet »
Why we love it: Whimsical wallpaper doesn’t feel too busy in a small space, like this bathroom by Studio McGee. The crisp white also gorgeously “frames” the wallpaper, making it feel a little more like a mural. Shop stunning wallcoverings at Viyet »
Why we love it: A strong print in black and white can feel vintage (evoking Art Deco elegance) or modern, depending on how you style it. This powder room, featured in MyDomaine, went with the former look through the antiqued brass faucet and fixtures.
A touch of Lucite
Why we love it: Lucite is a completely unexpected material in the powder room, like in this design featured in House Beautiful. And because it’s an occasional space, the clear material will stay pristine much longer than in higher-traffic areas. Don’t overlook colorful Lucite, either. The yellow frame of this mirror makes it a can’t-miss focal point. Shop Lucite pieces at Viyet »
Classic blue and white
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love blue and white? The color combination is timeless for good reason. We love how Nicole Gibbons took blue and white in a more modern direction through the intriguing Vivienne Westwood wallpaper in this Brooklyn powder room, featured in Lonny.
Why we love it: Bold wallpaper is expected to come back in a big way in 2017, especially for abstract and larger-scale patterns. The “watercolor” wallpaper in the powder room at the Pasadena Show House, spotted by blogger Cozy Stylish Chic, makes a stunning impact in the space.
Why we love it: Chinoiserie accents transcend eras, giving a quiet sophistication to any room. In this powder room by Scott Snyder, Chinoiserie panels set the tone for the elegant black and gold design. Shop Chinoiserie at Viyet »
Shades of black
Why we love it: Tiles are a natural choice for bathrooms big and small. But in this small-scale powder room by Jamie Drake featured in Architectural Digest, a circular mosaic puts a stylish twist on the expected tile layout. We also love how the black counter and sink, along with the contrasting pattern of the supporting walls, complements the black tiles within the mosaic.