Powder Room Inspiration – Design Plan & Mood Board

I’ve been wanting to re-do our downstairs bathroom for a long time now, and I’m finally starting the process. Today I’m sharing my design plan and mood board, as well as some powder room inspiration!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been talking about doing a little refresh on our powder room. Back in March when we first started staying at home more, I thought it would be the perfect time to start the project. Not only do I have more time for planning, but my husband is still working from home. 

Of course, I haven’t gotten as much done as I thought I would and lately, I’d been feeling frustrated. And that’s when I thought, why don’t I do my own One Room Challenge?!

Over the last two years I’ve participated in the One Room Challenge, first creating a home office where we didn’t have one before, and last year, re-decorating the master bedroom. I decided not to participate in the formal challenge this year, especially with most stores being closed around here. But then I thought, why not just pretend I’m doing it and share it all with you as if I were!

So that’s the plan. 😉

I love that giving myself a deadline forces me to get it done (I’m a notorious procrastinator!) I’ll be popping in here to share my progress along the way. And of course, I’ll unveil the final reveal in 6 weeks!

 dated before powder room French country


Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos of the space, but this one gives you the gist of what the room looks like. It’s not a terribly exciting room, haha! 🙂

It has no windows and no architectural interest except for the chair rail we added when we first moved in. In addition, it’s a little stuck in time with it’s gold/beige paint color as well as the overly decorative mirror and sconces. 


 Here are a few of the bathrooms that are inspiring me….


Powder Room Inspiration

powder room inspiration floral wallpaper gold mirror vertical shiplap

Powder room featuring vertical shiplap and a gorgeous wallpaper from Schumacher.


powder room inspiration gorgeous subtle wallpaper wood mirror

I adore this subtle wallpaper! Design by Kathryn Ivey.


powder room inspiration gold mirror wallpaper marble sink sconcesPowder room by Hallie Henley.


What I want more than anything is to get a clean, simple and more updated look. I also want that European farmhouse feel that I love.

Here is the mood board I created to help bring my plan to life…



French farmhouse European inspired powder room mood board


My plan is to lighten it up with crisp white paint, add some architectural interest with wainscoting and wallpaper, and replace the overly fussy mirror and sconces with something simpler.

We’ll start with the paint first. Then the next thing is to pick a wallpaper. I’ve ordered several samples online, including the three you see in the design plan. I also need to get my husband started on the wainscoting so I’ll have something to show all of you. And I’ll be back in 2 weeks to share a little update on the progress!

I hope you’ll follow along with me as I transform this boring and dated room over the next six weeks – I can’t wait to share it all with you!




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  1. I’m new to this! How do you find the bamboo mirror?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Judy! That doesn’t belong to me and unfortunately, I don’t know where that mirror was from (this photo is also a few years old). I would just google “gold bamboo mirror” and you’re bound to find some!

      Hope that helps!


  2. Lisa Ouellette says:

    Hi Sheila,
    So happy i found you. It’s rare for someone with your talent to share their secrets. Not only do you share but you leave us all with links to find them. Working on a rental we just purchased and enjoying all your posts for inspiration.


    1. Oh wow Lisa, thank you!! What a lovely compliment to wake up to – you made my day!!

      Thanks so much for being here!


  3. Hi! I’m wondering if you have a link to the wallpaper used in the Kathryn Ivey design?


    1. I’m so sorry I don’t! It’s so pretty though isn’t it?

  4. Whatever you do it will be gorgeous as always!
    Excited to see the redo. Oh! The mirror should
    Stay! I know the feeling though, I often change
    Things around until I get it right! Ho Hum…

    1. Thank you so much Darlene, I so appreciate that! I actually can’t wait! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    I have a tiny guest powder room and it still has 90’s dark green fixtures and sponge painted walls!! I can’t wait to see your reveal and know if you are happy with wallpaper. I love your mood board ideas and feel inspired to get-‘er-done!!

    1. Thanks so much Cecilia! Hopefully you’ll get yours done, too!


  6. Love a good wallpaper in a small bathroom! It can give it so much character and interest without a lot of commitment. Have you checked out mural wallpaper from Susan Harter? It’s so gorgeous and just the right amount of French!

    Can’t wait to see your finished look!

    1. Hi Tori!! Thanks so much for your kind words! And no I haven’t, but I’ll go take a look right now – thanks!


  7. That sounds like so much fun Sheila! Can’t wait to see what you do with it – your mood board is inspiring for sure. (I do love your old mirror though – give a holler if you want it to go to a good new home!) 😉 Take care and Happy Tuesday! 💗

    1. Thanks so much Barbara!

      And yes, the mirror is available – let me know! 😉


  8. What ever you decide on it will be lovely just like the rest of your home…which I adore.

  9. Sue H Mellette says:

    What an exciting project. Can’t wait to see the progress! I know it will be gorgeous.

    1. Thanks so much Sue! Cross your fingers I don’t procrastinate and I can get it done!