9 Ways to Freshen Up Your Powder Room for Fall Guests

Quick updates and fresh decor turn a lackluster powder room into a polished place for guests to primp.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Update Your Bathroom for Fall Guests

What was once a basic powder room is now fresh, sophisticated and ready for fall visitors. Start with vinyl plank flooring laid directly over dated tile and end with a quick-fix shower curtain. Watch Now >>

Durable Vinyl Plank Flooring

Vinyl plank flooring is practical and user-friendly. The material is engineered to install directly over existing tile without any need for major tools. Once installed, it has the look and feel of true hardwood but with much more durability for handling heavy traffic from kids, pets and frequent guests.

Painted Cabinetry

Instead of the added expense of new cabinetry, consider painting your old cabinets by applying an even coat of high-gloss or oil-based paint using an HVLP sprayer. (You can rent this from your local home improvement store.)

Hardware Swap

Swapping out cabinetry hardware can either be quick or more time consuming. The quick solution is to choose knobs or pulls that will fit directly into the existing drilled holes. If you end up changing knobs out for handles, it's likely you'll have to fill the holes with wood filler first, then sand and prime before painting and installing the new hardware.

Tile Backsplash

Turn your powder room vanity into a chic focal point by installing tile from the counter to the ceiling. This will instantly add architecture and also make the vanity area feel larger and more elaborate.

Sink Update

Add a modern twist to your old vanity by replacing dated countertops and integrated sinks with vessels. This brings a decorative touch to the powder room and also seems a bit more high-end.

Sconce Lighting

Lose any contractor-grade lighting and swap it for something classic and timeless. To avoid any hefty electrical costs, choose sconces similar in size, scale and shape as the existing fixtures so the same junction box can be used.

Trendy Patterns

Introduce a touch of pattern to your window with a simple Roman shade. This tribal pattern ties in the layered grays used throughout the space with the white touches of its fixtures.

Unexpected Artwork

Wall space is often limited in powder rooms. If you can't find the right piece of art to fit in the narrow space above your toilet, get clever with an unexpected use of objects. Here, a piece of driftwood doubles as sculpture.

Add Height

If space is at a premium, trick the eye into thinking your powder room is taller than it is by installing an extra-long shower curtain near the ceiling. This is also a quick fix to cover up a shower that may be covered with dated tile you don't want guests to see.