Powder Room Design Ideas

Think of your powder room as a small bathroom that’s always on display. Likely to be frequented by guests or used as a second bathroom by family members, it should always look its best. Consisting of little more than a vanity, toilet and sink, you could be mistaken that powder room designs are easy to execute, but the tight space can be tricky to get right. As you plan your bathroom renovation, consider the following.

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Browse the photos on Houzz for small bathroom designs, and get acquainted with the specialist behind your favourite picks. You can bookmark and share your favourite photos with everyone involved in your renovation, and click through to Related Photos to broaden your scope. For even more powder room and small bathroom ideas, check out the Stories section on Houzz.

How do I plan the layout of my powder room?


If you're building from scratch, an architect may be the best person to ask. There are three main objects to consider when planning the layout of your powder room: the door, toilet and sink. Pocket, sliding or folding doors will give you more options for toilet and sink placement, while wall-mounted toilets will help save you a few inches of floor space, and make the room feel more spacious. To ensure ease of use, make sure the toilet has at least 38 centimetres of unobstructed space on either side, and 61 centimetres at the front.

Powder rooms are primarily a place to use the toilet and quickly wash your hands, so unless you have the square meterage, you don’t need a full-blown vanity. Look for compact options, like a pedestal or wall-mounted sink instead.

What materials should I use in my powder room?


There’s not much space to work with when designing a powder room, so keep your design fairly simple. Otherwise, too many different patterns and textures will quickly overwhelm the space. To avoid a disjointed design, opt for one statement piece or element, such as a fun splashback, benchtop or vanity, and choose subtle materials like stone, marble or granite for everything else. If you fear you haven’t created enough visual interest, fill the void with bathroom accessories such as hand towels and soap dispensers. High-quality bathroom fixtures – including everything from your toilet roll holder to faucet – with matching lines and style, will make a big difference in a such a small space, so if you have the budget, splurge a little!
Inspiration for a beach style powder room in Central Coast with white walls and a vessel sink.

Designer: AK Designs Photographer: Tanya Zouev
Inspiration for a beach style powder room in Central Coast with white walls and a vessel sink.
https://www.houzz.com.au/pro/woodstockindustries - BOH Design - Powder room - oliviastuckey

Inspiration for a scandinavian powder room in Melbourne with shaker cabinets, brown cabinets, white walls, a vessel sink and marble benchtops.

Inspiration for a scandinavian powder room in Melbourne with shaker cabinets, brown cabinets, white walls, a vessel sink and marble benchtops.
… and your insider advice? Always look for ways to add something ‘opposite’ to a space – it’s a great way to add visual interest to a room and bring it to life. For example, in a room with clean, modern lines, add an artisan-style print, tactile soft furnishings or a round mirror. Or if you have a lot of print and colour in a room, neutralise it with a few classic pieces with simple lines. If you have an industrial-style dining table, soften it with a textured runner or place mats. - poweranne

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Design ideas for a contemporary powder room with porcelain tile, porcelain floors, wood benchtops, grey floor, gray tile, white tile, white walls, a vessel sink and medium wood cabinets.

A modern powder room, with small marble look chevron tiles and concrete look floors. Round mirror, floating timber vanity and gunmetal tap wear. Built by Robert Paragalli, R.E.P Building. Photography by Hcreations.
powder room - schevans

Contemporary powder room in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey walls, a drop-in sink, a one-piece toilet, concrete floors, wood benchtops and grey floor.

The combined powder and laundry features FSC timber cabinetry and the same timber panelling and recycled brick walls as seen throughout the home. The 'green switch', pictured here next to the surfboard, can be used to switch off all power to the home (except for the fridge) reducing the impact of electromagnetic frequencies at night. Photo by Dan Hocking.
I like the texture on the wall. - webuser_287968451

Inspiration for a mediterranean powder room in Sydney.

Perrin & Rowe tapware in satin brass completes the rustic look at Real Living editor Deb Bibby's charming cottage.
Inspiration for a mediterranean powder room in Sydney.
Tap and terrazzo combinations n - sjeady

Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Brisbane with a two-piece toilet, multi-coloured walls, ceramic floors, a pedestal sink and multi-coloured floor.

Roger D'Souza
Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Brisbane with a two-piece toilet, multi-coloured walls, ceramic floors, a pedestal sink and multi-coloured floor.
effective use of tiles, don't like black and white - alison_shanahan33

Contemporary powder room in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, white walls, light hardwood floors and an undermount sink.

Denise Rix Photography
Contemporary powder room in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, white walls, light hardwood floors and an undermount sink.
Combo of marble and wood - sus_kinsella

Photo of a traditional powder room in Brisbane with recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a two-piece toilet, mosaic tile floors, an undermount sink and grey floor.

Photo of a traditional powder room in Brisbane with recessed-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a two-piece toilet, mosaic tile floors, an undermount sink and grey floor.
Powder room with sink built within or just next to it provides convenience for washing hands. - webuser_608942747

Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Sydney with beige walls, a vessel sink and beige floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Sydney with beige walls, a vessel sink and beige floor.
Nice stone for vanity - webuser_933968896

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Design ideas for a small contemporary powder room in Gold Coast - Tweed with brown tile, gray tile, brown walls, ceramic floors, brown floor, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a wall-mount toilet and a vessel sink.

Steve Ryan
Design ideas for a small contemporary powder room in Gold Coast - Tweed with brown tile, gray tile, brown walls, ceramic floors, brown floor, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a wall-mount toilet and a vessel sink.
lights ar they functional - webuser_903485665

Photo of a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with gray tile, subway tile, multi-coloured walls and a wall-mount sink.

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Photo of a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with gray tile, subway tile, multi-coloured walls and a wall-mount sink.
hand towel rack for when cleaning hands?? - newman0140

Design ideas for a large country powder room in Sydney with white cabinets, white tile, ceramic tile, an undermount sink, marble benchtops, beige walls and open cabinets.

Photographer Justin Alexander
Design ideas for a large country powder room in Sydney with white cabinets, white tile, ceramic tile, an undermount sink, marble benchtops, beige walls and open cabinets.
white tiles and paneling (on toilet area) - isabelita_sepu

Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with black and white tile, mosaic tile and a console sink.

Peter Clarke
Design ideas for a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with black and white tile, mosaic tile and a console sink.
Tiles, pattern, powder room - jo_turner24

Transitional powder room in Sydney with white tile, mosaic tile, a console sink and black floor.

Nicole England
Transitional powder room in Sydney with white tile, mosaic tile, a console sink and black floor.
If you can storage somewhere else - jusgarvey

Photo of a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with a wall-mount toilet, white walls, a vessel sink and white floor.

Photo of a contemporary powder room in Melbourne with a wall-mount toilet, white walls, a vessel sink and white floor.
Like all of this but would make the honeycomb marble effect and the current marvel bit white. - nicholas_battikha

Photo of a midcentury powder room in Melbourne with white tile, white walls, mosaic tile floors, a wall-mount sink and black floor.

Photo of a midcentury powder room in Melbourne with white tile, white walls, mosaic tile floors, a wall-mount sink and black floor.
There you go - toilet and sink both together - webuser_608942747

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Photo of a country powder room in Sydney with brown walls, a vessel sink and wood benchtops.

Photo of a country powder room in Sydney with brown walls, a vessel sink and wood benchtops.
the old school look. I think i need to work on lights for the house - semih_asaroglu

Inspiration for a transitional powder room in Melbourne with a two-piece toilet, gray tile, subway tile, white walls, a wall-mount sink and grey floor.

Inspiration for a transitional powder room in Melbourne with a two-piece toilet, gray tile, subway tile, white walls, a wall-mount sink and grey floor.
Grey subway tile (vanity splashback?) - webuser_82951915