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40 Half Bathroom Decor Ideas

There are so many great things about a half bath — or sometimes referred to as a powder room. At first, it may seem an annoyance that these bathrooms are often smaller and tighter spaces, but when you think about it, with less square footage, you can quickly renovate these spaces without spending a ton of money.

This humble space gives homeowners the opportunity to take risks with their decor and get creative. The half bathroom — a room without the “bath” typically contains a sink and toilet and a few feet of room to dress up and decorate.

A white floating sink is fixed to a green shiplap backsplash beside a floating toilet in a goregous contemporary powder room. Upper walls are clad in palm leaf print wallpaper that continues up to a vaulted ceiling.
Photo Credit: Change & Co.

We have compiled 40 half bath spaces that we hope will inspire you to take the plunge and do something bold and beautiful with your half bath.

Statement-Making Wallpapers

The half bath is a place where you can take risks and experiment with bold decor ideas. Statement-making wallpaper is a great start. You don’t have to do the whole bathroom, though. Try adding wallpaper on the wall just behind the mirror or just a small part of the wall.

gold arch mirror in half bathroom with white pole wrap sink gold candle wall sconces with floral wallpaper
Photo Credit: Olly and Em

Daring and dark-colored wallpapers look great in the half bath or powder room.

blue sailboat wallpaper in bathroom with white trim rope round mirror sink
Photo Credit: Sarah Hayes Design

A popular look is to complete the bottom half of the wall with board and batten or shiplap and then carry the rest of the wall with a patterned wallpaper.

bold graphic wallpaper in bathroom with black arch mirror white wall sconces pedestal sink
Photo Credit: Terracotta Design Build

Pedestal Sinks

A half bath is an excellent spot for a pedestal sink. In most half baths, you are already short on room, so don’t take up a lot of space with clunky vanities; instead, opt for a decorative pedestal sink.

white pedestal sink in lavender color bathroom with door half open black door knobs silver polished mirror
Photo Credit: A List Interiors

Given that half baths are used mostly for guests and main level use of the washroom, you don’t need a lot of storage in a vanity. Use this is an opportunity to showcase a vintage style with a custom pedestal sink.

blue boys bathroom with pedestal sink step stool white shiplap wall
Photo Credit: A-List Interiors

As an added bonus, pedestal sinks are easy to keep clean, too!

half bathroom with floral grey wallpaper polished nickel pedestal sink toilet gold square frame mirror wall sconce
Photo Credit: Pure Salt Interiors

Bold Tile Work

Play around with bright and bold tile in the half bath. Since it’s a smaller space, it won’t cost you as much for tiles as a regular size bathroom. You can go for those more expensive, decorative pretty tiles without worrying about your wallet.

bold tile in half bathroom with gold faucet sink circle design on wall with gold sconce
Photo Credit: Kara Adam Interiors
fancy tile in bathroom with pedestal sink black frame mirror and white wall sconces
Photo Credit: Sarah Bartholomew Design

Tiling the bottom half of your wall is an excellent look in a powder room, but you could also go the opposite and do the top half behind your mirror.

mixed tile patterns in half bathroom on wall black round mirror white pedestal sink
Photo Credit: The Lifestyled Co.

If it’s in the budget, you can choose two different types of tile and do the whole wall. You will notice that blue is a popular color for the bathroom. It’s serene and calming, so you can’t go wrong with a blue tile.

Mediterranean style bathroom features a gold Greek key mirror hung from a wall clad in mixed white and blue mosaic tiles between brass sconces and over a glass shelf. The shelf is fixed above a white porcelain pedestal sink vanity finished with a polished nickel faucet kit.
Photo Credit: Mark D Sikes

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All Of The Above

You get this stunning bathroom when you combine the elements listed above: statement-making wallpaper, pedestal sinks, and bold tile work.

flamingo wallpaper in half bathroom with decorative scroll mirror and pedestal sink
Photo Credit: Dina Bandman

Wall Sconces

An important design element to put thoughtful care and consideration into is choosing lighting fixtures. A half bath is an excellent place for wall sconces. Since the half bath is not your primary bathroom and most people do not use it to get ready and do things like makeup and hair, you can worry more about the style of the lighting fixture and less about whether it provides sufficient light.

black frame oval mirror in half bath with pedestal sink wall sconces on either side toilet
Photo Credit: 22 Interiors

A set of matching wall sconces on either side of a mirror is a popular look for most half baths.

dark navy tile in half bathroom gold oval mirror with candle wall sconces on either side pedestal sink
Photo Credit: Anne Chessin Designs

You can also hang a wall sconce above the mirror. You can’t go wrong with a classic farmhouse light.

A frameless oval family mirror is lit by an oil rubbed bronze 2-light vintage barn sconce and fixed over a curved pedestal sink with a matte black faucet kit.
Photo Credit: Purity Designs

While not typically used in a bathroom setting, hanging pendants look fantastic and totally steal the spotlight in this particular half bath.

A round gold mirror hangs from pink iridescent backsplash tiles lit by brass and rippled glass mini pendants fixed over a brass faucet kit.
Photo Credit: Tracy Lynn Studio

Color Framed Windows

Sometimes adding a fresh coat of paint can make all the difference in the world. If you want to add a little punch and pizazz to your half bath, consider painting your window frames to match your decor and design.

half bathroom with color framed window blue pedestal sink with bold wallpaper
Photo Credit: Ashley Gilbreath

White and Neutral

White and neutral half baths are always a classic choice. Everything looks so fresh and clean. A bright and airy half bath is a look that will always be in style.

white neutral half bathroom with gold mirror and white vanity
Photo Credit: Kate Marker Interiors
Black chevron floor tiles complement a powder room boasting a black oblong mirror hung between oil rubbed bronze sconces mounted to vertical shiplap trim above a beige limed oak washstand.
Photo Credit: Anne Chessin Designs

Bold and Black

One may think that black is not a wise choice for a small bathroom, but it can certainly be done. These half baths prove that you don’t have to limit your half bathroom to just neutrals. They are bold and daring without going overboard.

black vanity half bathroom board and batten wall dotted wallpaper round white mirror
Photo Credit: Black Lacquer Design
Chic black bathroom features black trellis floor tiles leading to a black washstand adorned with brass hexagon knobs and a polished brass faucet. The faucet is mounted in front of a frameless vanity mirror finished with long brass and glass sconces.
Photo Credit: Sarah St Amand Design

Open Bottom Vanities

Shake things up from the traditional two-door style bathroom vanity and go with an open-bottom vanity. This will give you more room for decor, and since you don’t store a lot in a half bath, you won’t miss the space anyway.

brown wood open bottom bathroom vanity with gold faucet sink toilet paper holder gold frame mirror wall sconces
Photo Credit: Bria Hammel Interiors

Bright and Daring Colors

Go big and bright in the half bath. Below are some bold color choices, and while these are not for everyone, you can’t deny that these bright and cheery bathrooms would impress any guest.

bold color wallpaper in half bathroom with yellow wall sconce pedestal sink
Photo Credit: DAG Design

Pops of yellow, green, and pink are not typical colors for bathrooms, but when it comes to the half bath or powder room, it’s fun to experiment and get creative.

green vanity with floral wallpaper and gold arch mirror flowers white marble top sink
Photo Credit: Lindsey Black Interiors

Balance out bright and bold colors with touches of white and pastels. They will blend nicely and allow you to have the color without overstimulating the space.

bright colored butterfly wallpaper half bathroom scallop light fixture pedestal sink
Photo Credit: Laura U Design

If you’re afraid of how to achieve a nice look with bright colors, try just adding in some pieces of decor without adding in elements that are permanent fixtures. This will give you a small taste of color, and you can see how you feel about it without fully committing.

Stunning Mirror Choices

Go bold and different with your mirror choice in your half bathroom. Since a half bathroom is not usually where you spend time getting ready, it’s an excellent opportunity to have a little fun with your mirror choice. Since practicality is not at the forefront, you can choose a mirror that is more about style and decor than about function.

blue wall with wallpaper gold mirror wall sconces in half bathroom with white sink towel rack
Photo Credit: Lauren Leonard Interiors

Ratan is a stunning choice for a mirror and blends flawlessly for those that are after a bohemian feel to their half bathroom.

half blue half white board and batten wall bathroom pedestal sink white with sunburst rattan mirror hanging plant
Photo Credit: Bella Mancini Design

A stunning and exquisite mirror deserves equally attractive bright colors!

green wallpaper bathrrom with wood frame mirror marble top sink decorative flush mount light
Photo Credit: Amanda Reynal Interiors

This mirror is a perfect match for this geometric wallpaper and blends, but also has a bit of pop thanks to its unique texture.

black eclectic mirror hanging on geometric black wallpaper in bathroom sink black faucet pink peonies
Photo Credit: Edyta and Co.

Use your mirror in your half bath to play with different textures and looks. A mirror is not a costly commitment and is something that can be changed at a later date if you get bored or overstimulated with the look.

contemporary bathroom features a blush pink washstand fitted with a polished nickel faucet kit mounted under an oval coral mirror hung between white flower sconces from a wall covered in pink and orange wallpaper.
Photo Credit: Kristen Nix Interiors

This scalloped frame mirror makes a bold statement thanks to its eye-catching design and daring blue shade.

Chic white and navy blue bathroom showcases a navy blue scalloped mirror flanked by polished nickel sconces and hung from a wall clad in white and gray wallpaper over a white pedestal sink fixed to gray staggered floor tiles.
Photo Credit: JK Interior Living
Nickel scones hang on either side of an oval rope mirror hung from a powder room wall clad in blue damask wallpaper over a white washstand adorned with glass knobs and polished nickel faucet kit. A white porcelain toilet is mounted against marble basketweave floor tiles under a towel rack.
Photo Credit: Kara Miller Interiors

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Wall Mounted Faucets

Modern and trendy designers are now gravitating toward wall-mounted faucets in the bathroom, particularly in half baths where counter space is often in short supply.

Chic black and blue bathroom features walls covered in blue and black wallpaper and a gold and black mirror hung above an aged brass faucet mounted to a honed black marble backsplash over a blue washstand. The washstand is finished with aged brass hardware and a honed black marble countertop.
Photo Credit: Studio Thomas James

By mounting the faucets on the wall, homeowners can salvage their little counter space for decor or other items.

A gorgeous antique brass spigot style faucet is mounted beneath a round brass and glass mirror hung from a wall covered in white and gold wallpaper.
Photo Credit: Erica Bryen Design

Wall-mounted faucets are also much easier to keep clean, so that’s a nice bonus!

round gold mirror hangs from a wall covered in green geometric tiles over a brushed gold faucet fixed above a round sink.
Photo Credit: Hazel and Brown Design

Wall-mounted faucets are available in so many different styles, colors, and fixtures. You are sure to find one that suits your taste and style.

Lined with brass trim, white glazed subway wall tiles are fitted with a brass faucet kit mounted above an oak floating bath vanity and beneath a curved brass mirror.
Photo Credit: Isabella Patrick Design

Wall Mount Sink

Like the wall-mounted faucet, you can also opt for a wall-mounted sink in the half bath. This is especially perfect for powder rooms and half baths that are really tiny. Save floor space by installing a wall-mounted sink.

A brass mirror, hung from a wall clad in red and green vintage floral wallpaper, is located above a black and white Kohler Brockway sink finished with an antique brass vintage style faucet. The sink vanity is mounted over red floor tiles in this welcoming eclectic bathroom.
Photo Credit: Heidi Caillier Design

Often, wall-mounted sinks are smaller than traditional sinks in overall size and can be ordered in lots of different colors, or you can even paint them yourself.

A window framed by white and gray striped wall tiles is located over a round wooden mirror hung between glass front cabinets stacked over white linen cabinets. A blue Kohler Brockway Sink floats over river rock floor tiles. A white built-in bench boasts cubbies stuffed with towels.
Photo Credit: Chairma

Concrete Sink

Say goodbye to traditional porcelain and do something really different — a concrete sink!

Since a half bath is not used for doing everyday tasks like brushing teeth and washing faces, a concrete sink is best reserved for spaces like these.

A gold vanity mirror is hung from a white vertical plank trim and lit by a brass swing arm sconce. Beneath the mirror, an oil rubbed bronze wall mount faucet is fitted above a concrete vessel sink mounted to a bronze sink vanity.
Photo Credit: Graystone Custom Builders

Startling Floor Tile

When we say startling, we mean that in a good way. This eye-catching patterned tile design for the floor is a bold but gorgeous statement. Perfect for a small half bath!

A marble and brass washstand is fixed against a light taupe wainscot wall to green and black cement mosaic floor tiles. Above the sink vanity, a tall brass pivot mirror is lit by a brass and gold 2-light sconce.
Photo Credit: Amy Lind Interiors

We love the gold in this bathroom! It takes the style and elevates it to a rich, luxurious powder room full of class and elegance.

Tips for Decorating a Very Small Half Bath

If your half bath is on the extra small side, here are some quick tips to keep in mind to make the most of decorating this space:

  • Keep colors light and neutral
  • Mirror a wall (The reflection of light will do the same good work a window does)
  • Backlight your mirror
  • Use floor-to-ceiling tile (This will elongate the space)
  • Opt for a pedestal sink or a tiny corner sink
  • Amplify your space with high gloss paint that reflects light
  • Use stylish open shelving
  • Install a wall-mounted faucet

Tips for Refreshing and Decorating a Half Bathroom

  • Keep the clutter to a minimum – a half bathroom doesn’t need a ton of stuff, so don’t overcrowd it.
  • Bring in fresh scents – when using fragrances in the bathroom, pay attention to what season you’re in. Christmas, spring, fall, etc.
  • Keep up on switching out linens and towels – dirty used hand towels will give a dingy look to your bathroom, so make sure you are switching these out regularly.
  • Update your bath mat or rug – same as the towels; you don’t want dingy, dirty carpets in the bathroom.
  • Add in some greenery – warm up your bathroom space with fresh greenery. It can be faux or real; it doesn’t matter.
  • Introduce some art to the space – without art, a bathroom can feel cold and empty.

Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ

What is the purpose of a half bathroom?

A half bathroom is a small bathroom that contains only a toilet and a sink. They are sometimes called guest bathrooms or powder rooms. There is no shower or tub in a half bathroom; in most homes, it is located on the first floor.

Having the half bath on the first floor permits guests to use the facilities without feeling as though they have invaded your home. The half bath or powder room is usually very small, conveniently discovered, and seldom contains a window.

What should be in a half bathroom?

A half bathroom sometimes referred to as a powder room, typically consists of a toilet, sink, and mirror. Having an under-sink cabinet or another storage area for extra toilet paper, hand towels, and soap is optimal, but these things can be stored elsewhere if the space is tight.

What items should you keep in a guest half bath?

If you're having guests who will be using the half bath, you want to ensure that it is well stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, and hand towels. Make sure that extra toilet paper is accessible and easily seen. A lack of toilet paper is embarrassing when someone is visiting your home.

How do you make a half bath feel cozy?

To cozy up a half bath, add a bath mat or rug. Make sure that there are plenty of hand towels and cute decorative soap bottles, and you can even add personalized bathroom signs. To make the space extra cozy, make sure it smells nice. You can use plug-in diffusers or essential oils.

How do you make a half bath look fancy?

Consider using gold fixtures if you're after a fancy vibe for your half bath or powder room. Working in gold faucets, mirrors, and wall sconces will immediately level up to a more luxurious look and style.

Where did the term \"powder room\" come from?

The term powder room originated around the 18th Century. The powder room was considered a closet-sized room where people applied extra powder to their wigs. The Victorian times kept the term \"powder room\" to discreetly excuse oneself.

You may be familiar with the euphemism \"powdering your nose,\" — as some women still refer to the half bath as the powder room when they use this phrase.

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Holly Antoine
Holly Antoine is a Home, Lifestyle and DIY content creator. After leaving behind an 11-year career in the dental field to pursue her passion for design and decor, she developed her own branded site, https://hollygrace.ca/, where she shares her love of home design, decor, DIYs and inspires others to get creative and build a home and life they love. [...]

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