Having a spare bathroom or two in your home is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it means you’ve got a large, opulent home that you’ve probably worked extremely hard for – congratulations. On the other hand, it means you’ve got not just one, but two (or maybe even three) bathrooms to design…
Designing a guest bathroom is one of the hardest interior design tasks that a homeowner will have to undertake. That’s because, unlike, other rooms, the guest bathroom has to please both homeowner and guest. It needs to suit you AND anyone who might potentially visit your home or stay overnight.
In this post, I’m going to outline some simple ideas that can help you toward designing the ideal bathroom for both you and your guests.
Make your design neutral
Most bathrooms fall into the middle ground of design, straddling the fine line between boring and opulent. It’s a shame that more people don’t express themselves fully with their bathrooms, but that’s a story for another post.
For a guest bathroom, that compromise between boring and crazy is exactly what you want to achieve. The bathroom should be lively but not over-the-top; opt for neutral colour schemes (whites, creams and light blues are particularly effective) with matching fixtures. Try and avoid any extravagant fixtures and choose simple steel taps.
On the opposite side of spectrum, avoid being too boring. Accessorise the bathroom in a classy manner; a few flowers, an unusual lighting fixture; anything that can add a bit of life to the room without becoming an eyesore!
Make it spacious
Guest bathrooms are usually quite a bit smaller than the master bathroom, making the way you use space extremely important. For maximum comfort, you need to focus on making the room spacious and, if needs be, sparse rather than packed full of objects but cramped.
A good layout can make all the difference with a guest bathroom, so play around with various configurations and see if you can find a way to lay out the room to maximise floor space. If needs be, scrap some of the less essential items in the room – does a guest really need a bathtub when a smaller shower would suffice?
Lighting will also play a big part in the size perception of the bathroom. Make sure any natural sources of light aren’t obstructed and that any lightbulbs used provide sufficient coverage of the room.
Have one eye-catching feature
A good rule to follow when decorating a guest bathroom is to have one eye-catching feature. A single eye-catching feature, such as an illuminated mirror or an elaborate lighting fixture, can draw attention away from an otherwise dull bathroom.
Provide sufficient storage space
The various bathroom requirements of your many guests’ means that you need to be adaptive with your storage space; too little and you face annoying your guests, too much and you risk wasting valuable space.
The best way to get around this is to create some unique and interchangeable storage solutions. Wicker baskets make for excellent storage and can be moved around as you wish. A large bathroom cabinet can also provide a good option, provided it’s decorative and can serve some kind of purpose regardless of whether your guest is storing anything in there or not.
In short, a guest bathroom can be difficult to get right. With the right planning and a bit of your own imagination, however, achieving guest bathroom perfection isn’t impossible.