a white two piece powder room, guest bathroom with sink and toilet

Powder Room

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/15/2021

Century 21 Upper Highway

Whether you’re in need of some additional bathroom space or you’re looking to renovate an existing guest bath, your options are pretty much endless when it comes to picking a style and design for your new powder room. And, although they don’t have all the amenities of a full bath, they have all the necessities a friend or family member could need for a quick visit.


A powder room, sometimes referred to as a half bathroom or guest bathroom, typically has only two of the four main components that a full bathroom would — the toilet and the sink. These scaled down versions are usually located near the entrance on the main floor of a home so guests and family members who don’t require the use of a full bathroom can easily access them. Traditionally, these personal prepping areas were used in the 18th century to describe a small private room where wealthy people would apply powder to their wigs or hair — a type of makeup room. A powder room in the sense of a public restroom for women didn’t pick up in popularity in the US until the late 1920s. Although this early 20th century meaning is still occasionally used today, its popularity to describe a public bathroom has waned over time.

What’s The Best Way To Decorate A Small Powder Room?

Powder rooms are incredible areas if you have the extra space. They not only provide easy access to the main facilities for guests and family members, they also create an opportunity to show off some interior design skills. However, their small spaces can lead to fewer design choices so it’s important to plan things out. Here are a couple of key things to consider:

  • When planning the layout of your powder room, keep things simple by placing your plumbing fixtures on the same wall when possible. This can make your sink and toilet installation much easier and help maximize your space.
  • Speaking of your sink and saving space, open up your powder room with a pedestal sink instead of a more traditional vanity. Vanities are great in bigger bathrooms but not entirely necessary for a small guest bathroom.