Tradewinds General Contracting Inc, original photo on Houzz

By Annie Thornton, Houzz

Powder rooms are the jewel boxes of home design. They’re compact, typically seen by guests and ready candidates for a little design boldness. Here, shown in reverse order, are the 6 most popular powder room photos uploaded from July through September, as measured by the number of people who saved them to their Houzz ideabooks.

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Modern Powder Room, original photo on Houzz

6. Backlit Mirror

Mirrors and lighting are bathroom essentials, but compact powder rooms with awkward angles can make it challenging to comfortably fit both.

This warm, contemporary powder room accomplishes both with a streamlined backlit mirror, which pairs well with the warm wood floors, white walls and black counters.

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Amy Emery Interior Design, original photo on Houzz

5. Sculptural Shelving

Open shelving isn’t for everyone, even in a guest bathroom or powder room, as it exposes your plumbing and everything you might like to hide underneath the sink. 

But it can be worth it, as evident from this open vanity made of mitered pieces of solid cedar. It mixes natural with industrial by exposing the plumbing and adding the concrete element of the sink. 

And by keeping the shelving clean and open, it also helps the small space feel bigger.

Wall paint: Snowbound, Sherwin-Williams; flooring: Specialty Wood Products; lighting: Restoration Hardware; faucet: Delta; sink: Native Trails; toilet: American Standard

4. Bright Wallpaper

 Like a bold wall color or accent tile, colorful wallpaper can transform a powder room — and because it’s being used in a small space, it probably won’t overwhelm you or your budget. Here, the wallpaper is also a jumping-off point for the rest of the room’s color palette, including the custom vanity.

Mirror: Anthropologie; wallpaper: Arty, Pierre Frey; vanity: custom, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Starburst Orange in a lacquer finish

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Designstorms LLC, original photo on Houzz


3. Patterned Tile Floor

Cement tile adds color and pattern to this otherwise neutral powder room, tying in with the black-painted sink and aqua step stool. The room is also near a pool, so the tile’s natural slip resistance makes it a practical choice as well.

Subway tile: Virginia Tile; faucet and sink: Kohler; mirror: Rejuvenation; cement floor tile: Cement Tile Shop

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Tradewinds General Contracting Inc, original photo on Houzz

2. Rustic Brick

This powder room combines rustic and industrial elements via its brick accent wall.

While it may look like an exposed wall of a loft or reclaimed warehouse, it’s in fact made of a brick veneer product that the designer over-grouted using a German smear technique.

Brick wall: Ironworks; star chandelier: Ballard Design; mirror: Home Goods; floor tile: Bedrosians

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Trickle Creek Designer Homes, original photo on Houzz

1. Modern Farmhouse Touches

Farmhouse elements are beloved for their warmth, practicality and nostalgic feel.

In this powder room, a reclaimed-wood mirror, rustic wood vanity and shiplap accent wall create a farmhouse feel that’s not too precious.

Mirror: Uniquities; sconces: Kichler via Cartwright Lighting; faucet and sink: Rubi by Soligo, via Icon Stone + Tile; custom vanity: Ateliers Jacob; wall paint: Quiet Hideaway, Dulux

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