17 Powder Rooms That Delighted Us in 2021

As these stunning half baths show, vanity is a virtue.

2021 powder rooms

Whether they featured fun floral wall coverings, cheerful marigold-colored tiles, or dramatic aubergine paint, powder rooms were where designers funneled all their emotions in 2021. As we investigated earlier this year, a half bath’s petite footprint allows decorators to go wild without breaking their budget. For us, however, they provide endless visual delight. Enjoy all the whimsy, humor, and mystery in these 17 gorgeous powder rooms gathered from across the globe.

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1 Color Block

In the powder room of Raffaele D’Alessio and Caterina D’Ambrosio’s home in Capri, Italy, the colorful tiles are custom, and the pedestal sink is by Antonia Campi for Richard Ginori Laveno.

2 Marble Magic
Max Burkhalter

Linear sconces by Lindsey Adelman flank a Cassiopeia marble sink and vanity in the powder room of a New York City Carnegie Hill apartment designed by Michael K. Chen.

3 Natural Beauty
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Stephen Kent Johnson

Designer Ryan Lawson took every detail into account in the powder room of Rose Bonura’s Connecticut home. The soapstone sink is custom, the walls are clad in unfinished oak, and the antique sunburst mirror is French.

4 Woven Wonder
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Haris Kenjar

A Scalamandré floral wallcovering brightens the walls of a powder room in a home on Puget Sound, Washington, designed by Heidi Callier. The sconces are by Urban Electric, and the wicker and wooden vanity is custom.

5 Green with Envy
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Stephen Pagano

Designer Lily Dierkes covered the powder room walls of a Nashville house in a wallcovering in Raphael Green by Sanderson Wallpaper.

6 Minimalist Moment
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Chris Mottalini

The spare bathroom in a Harlem bachelor pad designed by Re-a.d Architecture features plaster walls.

7 Making It Pop
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Nick Glimenakis

The powder room of a Harlem brownstone, designed by Delia Kenza, includes walls clad in patterned tiles by Popham Design.

8 Room with a View
Serena Eller Vainicher

Architecture firm Alvisi Kirimoto purposed a single piece of white onyx marble for a powder room in Rome overlooking the Colosseum.

9 Golden Opportunity

Dark tiles by Heath Ceramics serve as a backdrop to the custom bronze and marble vanity in the Bridgehampton, New York, home of Daryl and Irwin Simon, designed by Poonam Khanna of Unionworks.

10 Birds of a Feather
Thomas Loof

Gucci wallcovering steals the show in the powder room of a Chicago high-rise apartment designed by Summer Thornton.

11 Making a Splash
Trevor Tondro

Designer Luis Fernandez made a splash with Hermès wallcovering and green tiles by Eco Outdoor in the powder room of his Beverly Hills home.

12 Embracing Mystery

In the powder room of designer Tatyana Miron Ahlers Manhattan home the wallcovering is by Twigs from John Rosselli.

13 Le Corbusier-Inspired Corner
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Brian Ferry

The designers at Home Studios tucked this exuberant powder room beneath the stairs of a Brooklyn townhouse. In addition to a Giallo Siena vanity, the space features a custom Le Corbusier-inspired mural by artist Kimmy Quillin.

14 In the Elements
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Donna Dotan

Fish-themed de Gournay wallpaper douses the walls of an Upper East Side apartment designed by Ariel Okin.

15 Under the Sea
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Kris Tamburello

A blue wallcovering by Flavor Paper in this Boca Raton, Florida, apartment designed by Fawn Galli was extra fitting for this seaside home.

16 Modern Beauty
John Daniel Powers

Designer Melissa Lee used stone tiles and a limestone sink in the powder room of a Connecticut home.

17 Peony Perfection
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Roger Davies

In addition to eye-popping floral wallpaper by Design Alliance, Oliver M. Furth accented the wall with a festive mirror flanked with sconces by Circa Lighting in a Beverly Hills home.

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