4 Powder room makeovers to die for

Sep 21, 2010 at 2:43 p.m. ET

With entertaining season underway, we’re getting our kitchens and family rooms ready to show off to our friends and family, but what about the powder room? If yours is looking a little neglected, it’s time for a stylish makeover. Take down the generic wall art and get started on an overhaul that will have your guests gushing.

Here are four fabulous ideas to get you started:

Clean and Modern

Modern powder rooms are perfect for smaller spaces.

Feel like you've got the teeniest powder room ever? Don't stress—it can actually be fun to work with a small space; you can splurge on, say, fancy tile, knowing that you won't be covering a large area.

Take note of the clean and modern vibe of this bathroom created by Forma Design in Washington, D.C. The tiled wall is small but striking and the dark wood countertop peeking out from underneath the sink adds warmth to the otherwise cool space.

Stick to a neutral color palette, which will give the room lasting style and keep it from feeling cramped. One exception: Keep a bright bloom in a white bud vase—it instantly perks up the space.

[Photo by Geoffrey Hodgdon]

Vintage Glam

Vintage glam bathroom

We imagine that a lot of OMG-ing comes from this bathroom by Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design in Los Angeles. Doesn't this look like a place where women actually powder their noses?

With pink graphic-print wall paper, a mirrored vanity, and ornately framed mirror, this vintage meets feminine bathroom is all about cool girl decadence. Accessories with character are key here, so be sure to add a pretty pedestal makeup mirror and something offbeat, like vintage trophies, to the countertop.

[Photo from Woodson and Rummerfield]

Spa Inspired

A spa-like powder room is a relaxing place for anyone.

[Photo from Restoration Hardware]

You've probably heard of the idea of turning a master bath into a spa-like retreat, but we like the idea of borrowing this serene theme and taking it to a powder room.

Set the tone with a textured, natural-looking wall covering and a white, furniture-style vanity, similar to this bathroom imagined by Restoration Hardware. Keep accessories minimal and in the same color family; splurge on nice hand towels, hand soap, and lotion.

Try adding a small cabinet with a window above the toilet or in a corner and, yes, put towels on the shelves even though there's no shower. It feels homey and provides a convincing argument that your house is a magical place where the towels are always clean, fluffy, and neatly folded.

Stylish Ease

Simple touches like a pedestal sink are a stylish alternative for powder rooms

A pedestal sink is a smart, stylish choice for a powder room that doesn't require much counter space. The temptation is to keep everything crisp and clean and white, but we love the unexpectedly chic use of black paint in the Orlando home of Lauren and Joey Bradshaw.

Copy the couple's cool, unfussy style by choosing your favorite bright, citrusy hue as the accent color. Then, have fun picking out a few accessories of that color, from the hand towels to wall art. This is an easy design trick that will easily pull together the room.

In addition to black and yellow, you could try dark-bright combinations like navy and lime green or dark brown and orange.

[Photo by Joey Bradshaw]