Powder Rooms: Small Space, BIG Impact!

Powder Rooms: Small Space, BIG Impact!

By Marissa M.


Hello Everyone!

So I am in the midst of designing a powder room for a client of mine and I have been sleeping, eating, and dreaming powder rooms. Before I design any room I like to research and see what other great designers have done in similar situations. I came across so many unique and chic powder rooms. This week I wanted to show you how to make a big design effect in a small space. Wallpaper, whether it is a large scale geometric print, a textured grass cloth, faux hand painted chinoiserie, a bold toile, or even trompe l’oleil all can look fabulous in a powder room.

Some designer tips to create your own amazing powder room:

  1. Even if the rest of your home is neutral and on the refined side, feel free to go bold in a small powder room.
  2. Have fun with the sink. Nowadays, there are so many amazing options, from ultra traditional to extremely modern.  Vessel- type sinks are particularly popular and come in many different styles. Have fun with exotic materials on the sink, from marble and glass to stainless steel, bronze, and vitreous china.
  3. A powder room is an elegant sanctuary for guests that are joining you in your home, therefore go out of your way to make it ultra luxurious. Buy that beautiful bottle of soap that you have been eyeing (I particularly love Molten Brown’s hand soaps) and place small trinkets on the vanity counter. Arrange a small bouquet of flowers in an interesting vase and rest it on the counter top. Feel free to use fancy monogrammed linen hand towels and place them in a beautiful hand napkin dispenser.
  4. Turn the challenges of designing a powder room (the small size and the lack of windows) into opportunities. Display art, experiment with sconces and overhead lighting, hang a striking antique mirror.
  5. Above all, make your powder room into a “Wow” room!


How fresh and crisp is this lime green geometric wallpaper? And I love the lattice work mirror placed above it.


I love how Interior designer Katie Ridder placed painted-aluminum flowers onto the citrusy green walls.

Why not take a console table and turn it into a sink? Love the chic combo of canary yellow and black and white.

This is another black and white and yellow powder room. The oversized floral wallpaper makes the room expand.


I love how the shape of the sink reiterates the “reaching out” feeling of the wallpaper.

The gold and black color scheme is elegant, chic and timeless.

So feminine and I love the repetition of the curves on the wallpaper, sconces, and the mirror.


This is something a good painter can easily replicate and is so fab looking! Feels very Mackenzie Childs…


Why not hang a bordered roman shade on your powder room window?

Adorable country powder room.

Notice the cool retro flooring.

Love how the sconces are placed on top of the large mirror.

Hot pink glam!

This bamboo powder room is earthy yet uber-chic.

How gorgeous is this chinoiserie wrapped powder room? I adore the soft yet metallic-y feel of the space.

How fun and interesting is this powder room? I particularly love the pagoda shaped mirror and the lacquered red and white vanity.

So soft and calming, see how the “knick-knacks” can really change a space?

White and blue is always so crisp in a bathroom.

This beautiful antique dresser has been converted into a vanity and adds depth and dimension to this new bathroom.

If the ceiling is high enough, go ahead and wallpaper it! It will create an enclosed “jewel-box” feeling.

Hope you got inspiration from this week’s blog. Looking forward to hearing from you guys!!! Happy and Healthy New Year!




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About the Author

Marissa of Interiors by Marissa, LLC is an alumnus of the prestigious New York School of Interior Design. Marissa designs traditional and contemporary designs which reflect the clients’ personality and lifestyle. She works hand in hand with her clients- through space planning, color theory, and furniture and fabric selections, etc. Marissa’s designs always add whimsy and eclecticism into her comfortable, beautiful rooms. She believes that a successful home has a mix of depth and history from the past yet a keen eye for comfort and quality. One of Marissa’s other passions, besides actually designing all aspects of the home, is writing about home design and lifestyle. She currently loves spending time reading up on good design tips and scouring through home décor books and magazines and pulling out great ideas and adding her own spin onto well known home design ideas. To get in touch with Interiors by Marissa, LLC or to ask any lifestyle/home design questions or comments please email Marissa at interiorsbymarissallc@gmail.com

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  2. DeeDee says:

    Love the choice of powder rooms! Can you do this in a powder room without a window or will it feel too closed in?

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