What can I do with a small powder room?

Updated March 2, 2021

Powder rooms can break the rules. They have to fit in with the rest of the decor of your home. don’t have be fun. They Whether your powder room is dated, or a basic boring builder powder room, redesigning your powder room is an inexpensive way to make a dramatic or fun statement and add value to your home at the same time if you’re getting your house ready to sell.  Regardless if you’re styling to stay, or staging to sell, powder rooms can be surprising, AND they can break most of the design rules. You can make a big impact with a few changes AND more importantly you will recoup the money spent on a powder room when you sell your home.

6 Powder Room Trends

1. Make a statement 

Powder rooms can make a definite statement. You can go wild in your powder room but you want to keep the décor in keeping with the rest of your house. If your home is contemporary, then your powder room needs to be contemporary. If your home is traditional then you get the idea.

2. Fixtures

Have fun with choosing your vanity & fixtures. There’s no need for the boring traditional looking sink in a washroom anymore. Your vanity can also make a statement. Vessel sinks are very popular right now and can turn a ho hum power room into one your friends will rave about. Wall mounted sinks, are also trendy, and maximize space. Very contemporary pedestals sink are popular for small spaces but they’re not currently the go-to look for designers.

Low flush toilets are very eco-friendly that buyers want.  Consider a one-piece toilet for a finished look that uses less space.  Your sink & toilet need to be space appropriate for the size of your room.  i.e. Small space, smaller fixtures.  Larger space can accommodate larger fixtures.

Your vanity is in good shape but just dated? Paint it! With the proper paint and technique, you can turn a dated wood cabinet, or even a cheap laminate one for that matter, into a stunning piece that noone will know the difference.

3. Colour Your WallsHow-make-powder-room-nice

Select a dramatic paint colour or wallpaper for your wall  to make a dramatic impact and surprise  people when they enter the room.  Bold paint colors are trending right now and the powder room is the perfect place to surprise people when they enter the room. 

Wall paper is also trending in a big way.  This photo on the left is an AirBnB on a lake.  The bird wallpaper is not only perfect for this home, its peel and stick which makes it super easy to put on and remove. Click here for the full details to this delightful powder room by alifeunfolding.com 

 4. Let it Shine

Check out this charming farmhouse powder room makeover here. My uncommonlifeofsuburia.com

Lighting has a huge impact on a space.  Choose lighting that blends with your design.  It’s better to over light and add a dimmer switch than to under light.

Have fun with your lighting.  There are a lot of great styles to choose from.  Getting the right light can have a huge impact on the overall design. Check out this cute farmhouse bathroom above. The light, mirror and trendy black faucet, makes this bathroom really stand out.


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5. Flooring


Hardwood floors are popular right now, as are rich materials such as marble, which offer an upscale look. Ceramic tile is always a popular choice.  Run the same floor material from the hallway into the powder room to create a natural flow.

Powder rooms don’t experience the same moisture challenge that a bathroom with a shower or tub would therefore, your options for flooring open up. You’re not just limited to tile.

AFTER:  By completely changing all the blue fixtures, the wall colour and the flooring,  the powder room was transformed — and all for less than $1000.

6. The Final Touches

Zoe from Crafted by the Hunts paid attention to all the details in the above powder room, pulling this room together and it paid off. How stunning is this powder room? From the brass handles, the gold vessel sink, the wood block counter and detailed accessories, this powder room is gorgeous. Read all the details here.

Pay attention to the small details like the mirror, towel rack, toilet paper holder, pictures and even the towels and knick knacks you might put on the sink.  These items don’t need to break the bank but they do have an impact on the overall appearance.  What you choose can have a positive or a negative impact on the final look so you need to choose these final items carefully, and all in keeping with the overall design of your room.

Featured image:  A stunning powder room design by MichelleBerwickDesigns.com


I’m Debi Collinson. Stager. Home Stylist. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!

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