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30 Beautiful Half Bathroom and Powder Room Ideas We're Loving Now

Transform your half bathroom or powder room into an ultra-stylish space with these fresh ideas.

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Photo: John Moery. From: Custom Design & Construction.

Half Bathroom Decorating Ideas

They may be small, but powder rooms can still be packed with style. With a little creativity, you can turn your half bathroom into a place your guests — and yourself — will love. If you want to refresh your home on a budget, remodeling a half bathroom is a good option as it’s typically less expensive than other bathroom remodels. Ready to get started? Browse our best decorating and remodeling ideas for half baths.

For example, instantly give a stark white powder room some character and personality — without painting or wallpapering — by opting for a midcentury vanity. In this half bathroom, the solid wood piece is definitely the hero and balances out otherwise simple details, like the white walls and beige tile floor. Pair your vanity with brass fixtures for a true-to-the-past look or choose minimalist black hardware to make it feel more current.

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Photo: Mandi Gubler,

Southwestern State of Mind

Doesn't this half bathroom look like something you'd see in a Pendleton catalog? Make guests feel like they've gone west with a powder room full of earthy elements. Use forest green paint to create an accent wall, then add natural texture via woven planters and rugs. Finish it off with a map of your favorite hiking location.

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Photo: WE Studio Photography. From: Sheila Mayden.

Bonus Storage

If your half bathroom is seriously lacking in counter space, then you might just benefit from a built-in shelf. In this space, designer Sheila Mayden capped an awkward foundation curb wall with a thin slab of marble and created a stylish ledge for soap and other essentials. But if that won't work for you, you can always install a floating shelf or bring in a rolling cart.

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Photo: Caitlin Murray. From: Caitlin Murray.

Painted Paneling

It's so much easier to paint wood paneling than it is to remove it. Pro Tip: Bring your circa-1970s bathroom into the 21st century with a fresh coat of black, white or gray paint. (Why, you ask? Because neutral hues have the most staying power.) The color will update your space without sacrificing the gorgeous, historical texture. You can also refresh the room by bringing in modern sconces, trendy cabinet pulls and fun wallpaper, like designer Caitlin Murray did here.

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