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March, 2023 | Alida Nugent

14 Best Half Bathroom Decor Ideas for an Easy Upgrade

When it comes to entertaining guests, there are so many ways to make them feel welcome, whether it’s serving tasty food or having extra cozy living room furniture. However, there’s one area that can go a long way in making your visitors (and you!) feel comfortable every time they come over: the half bathroom. Often called the guest bathroom or powder room, it’s usually on the first floor of a home and has a toilet and sink, but no shower or tub. And when outfitted with the best half bathroom decor ideas, it can become a design focal point for your home as well.  

A half bath is a great place to add fun details and aesthetic upgrades that can work wonders, whether that’s from larger projects like adding a beautiful bathroom vanity or smaller details like a tissue box cover. Since half bathrooms tend to be small and compact, one or two add-ons will make a huge impact and can even be a quick and easy idea you can tackle with a smaller budget and less time. So, if your space needs sprucing, here are some half bathroom decor ideas to help you create an oasis both you and your guests will enjoy.

scott living vanity

1. Scott Living Calletano 30” Bathroom Vanity


The most impactful way to change the feel of your half bathroom decor is to swap out the vanity. This deep blue vanity with grooved doors, matte gold finishes, and a quartz white top is a serious showstopper. It’s modern and neutral but still adds a touch of glamour without being over-the-top.

2. Carrotez Tissue Box Cover


This faux leather tissue box cover easily fits over most brands and will keep your half bathroom streamlined and decorative. It’s sturdy and easy to clean with a wet cloth and will show your guests you’re thinking about every last detail.

tissue box holder
half bathroom decor ideas hand towels

3. Ebern Designs 6-Piece Cotton Hand Towel Set


Soft and plush cotton hand towels are a way to tie all the decor elements together in a half bathroom, and these happen to be antimicrobial to boot. The textured details also set these apart, adding a unique detail that shows you put care into every ounce of the space.

4. Uujoly Foaming Soap Dispenser


You can make the sink look way more put-together with an elevated soap dispenser. This pack of foaming hand soap containers works with any liquid soap you have and eliminates the (okay, relatively small) problem of an aesthetically unpleasing alternative. Plus, it allows you to buy liquid hand soap refill packs in larger quantities to help you save plastic waste and some money, too.

soap dispenser for half bathroom decor
hand towel ring for half bathroom

5. Anthropologie Botanist Towel Ring


There are only so many places to add design touches in a half bathroom without making it feel overwhelming, and one of them can be a towel ring. This beautiful brass option has a simple floral design and is easy to install.

6. Uphome Nonslip Bathroom Rugs


A soft bathroom rug is another way to tie the room together, and it keeps any spilled water under control. This non-slip, machine-washable option is highly absorbent and comes in multiple colors.

bath mat
toilet paper holder for half bath decorating

7. Gatco Toilet Paper Holder


Another boring fixture that comes in your half bathroom and is easy to swap out is your toilet paper holder. Just remove the one you already have and pick one that better matches your finishes, like this freestanding version.

8. Etta Avenue Shyanne Accessory Tray


This accessory tray is made to look like marble and could be used a few ways. Place rolled up hand towels on it when guests come; use it to house soap dispensers, room fresheners, or scent diffusers; or you can display offerings like cotton swabs via the canisters above.

half bathroom decor ideas accessories tray
floral art print

9. GoodFortunebyKayle Flower Market Print


Don’t overlook the walls! A pop of art can be the ideal finishing touch for a half bath. This small business allows you to digitally download prints, which is so easy and fast. It works best with semi-gloss or matte paper and will allow you to choose a frame that works in your space.

10. Beautypeak Round Mirror


A perfect project for a Saturday afternoon that will make you feel like you spent a lot of energy and money when you’ve only used a little of both? Installing a bathroom mirror. This modern circular version will feel luxe without being too ornate.

mirror for half bathrooms
bathroom canisters

11. Aozita Bathroom Canisters


Simple, thoughtful touches are the foundation of good design, and this is an affordable option that will bring both. In this set (which is under $10), you’ll get four jars with lids, four pre-printed clear labels, and four plain white labels. Store things like floss picks, cotton balls, cotton swabs, and more in these to keep your bathroom organized and looking good.

12. Scott Living Garden Party 3-Wick Candle


Lighting a candle will turn your powder room into a more elevated experience, much like seeing one in a fancy hotel or restaurant does. However, you do want to be careful with the scents: Something too sweet and saccharine, for instance, might be too much. This Scott Living Garden Party candle is ideal due to its elements of amber, fig, and woods that make for a soft, slightly earthy scent. It burns for 30 hours, too.

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handmade soap

13. LittleFlowerSoapCo Homemade Soap Set


A unique soap will leave an impression on guests. These natural bars from a small Michigan-based shop are made with organic ingredients and coconut or olive oil and you can customize your set. Choose from scents like oatmeal lavender sage, rosemary lemon mint, or peppermint poppy.

14. Winlyn Artificial Potted Plants


Trying to keep a plant alive in a space like a half bathroom, which can often be windowless, can be thankless. These artificial potted plants look authentic and come in a set of two, with one eucalyptus version and one grass.

half bathroom decor faux plants

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