Decorating your powder room can feel like a daunting challenge due to its lack of square footage and natural light. But the small space can actually work in your favor, since it's able to accommodate graphic patterns and sleek finishes that might otherwise feel overwhelming in a larger area. The trick is to use those confident choices within a cohesive and efficient palette — your game plan should have an equal measure of style and function. We've rounded up 13 elements that'll outfit this well-trafficked outpost with striking colors, calming scents, and cool details, so that even the tiniest room in your home can still make a big impact.
Black Watercolor Spot Wallpaper
Go beyond basic paint and opt for patterned wallpaper instead. This black watercolor spot wallpaper we found on Etsy ( starting at $8 ) will make a statement without making your small powder room feel even smaller.
Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror
This metal framed wall mirror from West Elm ( $249 ) will help bounce extra light around your bathroom, since it probably doesn't have a window. The simple minimalist design and chic gold frame will never go out of style either, so don't let the hefty price tag scare you away.
Gray and White Bath Mat
Your guests will get a kick out of this gray and white bath mat from World Market ( $14.99 ). The bold text helps the rug stand out amongst all the other elements in your tight powder room, but it's still neutral enough to go with anything.
Half Moon Glass Soap Dispenser
Why settle for an ordinary soap dispenser when you can have this half moon recycled glass one from Amazon ( $22 )? Since the dispenser is clear, fill it with a pretty iridescent hand soap to make it as beautiful as it is functional.
Voluspa Prosecco Rose Candle
A good scented candle is a must in any bathroom, and this Voluspa one from Nordstrom ( $30 ) fits the bill perfectly. Just light it a few minutes before your guests arrive and they'll be greeted with aromas of sparkling pink prosecco and rose petals when they freshen up before dinner.
Brushed Bronze Towel Ring
This brushed bronze towel ring from Houzz ( $29.99 ) will keep a towel within arm's reach and look good doing it. Pair it with a plush white one to make the gold finish really pop.
Solid White Hand Towel
Since your bathroom probably sees a lot of foot traffic, stick with basic plain white towels that can be bleached if needed. This solid hand towel from Kohls ( $7.19 ) is even cosmetics friendly, which means makeup won't discolor it if there's an accidental swipe.
Rubber-Coated Black Waste Can
Play up the black spots in the wallpaper above with this rubber-coated waste can from CB2 ( $29.95 ). The clean lines of the waste basket fit right in with your modern design, and the dark opaque color will keep the contents hidden from sight.
Reclaimed Barn Wood Floating Shelves
With all the other sleek gold finishes filling your powder room, a reclaimed barn wood shelf from Etsy ( starting at $36 ) will help soften things up. The rustic feel will be a welcomed juxtaposition to the rest of the room, as will the extra storage!
Gold Glass Canister
Keep things like cotton balls and Q-Tips in a highly visible spot so your guests can locate them without having to ask you. These gold glass canisters from Target ( starting at $11.69 ) will double as decor and look so chic perched on that natural wood shelf.
Palm Study #2 Print
The bold graphics and contrasting colors in this palm study print from Minted ( starting at $23 ) will bring a subtle hint of color into your otherwise composed bathroom. Rather than just hanging it on an empty wall, lean the print on a shelf for a visually stimulating display.
Faux Succulent Arrangement in a Cement Pot
It's always great to have a touch of greenery in a room, but the lack of light in your powder room can be a real issue. This faux succulent arrangement from Pier 1 ( $24.95 ) looks so life-like that no one will ever know the difference.
Black Edison Sconce
The industrial style of this sconce from Lamps Plus ( $190 ) will provide a welcome contrast the other sleek accessories in the room. The exposed Edison light bulbs make it feel timeless, too, so you know you won't get sick of it in six months.