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24 Best Guest Bathroom Ideas

Amy Bartlam

At home, your bathroom is one of your refuges. So when you have friends and family staying with you, it’s completely understandable that you’d want your guest bathroom to provide a similar sense of calm. If you’re looking to turn your space into something visitors will love, check out these magnificent gwestern bathroom ideas.

Whether you’re hosting an event at your home or hosting family and friends for the holidays, your guests’ bathroom is one of the first places they’ll see and use often throughout their stay. And sometimes the guest bathroom is one of the areas that can often be overlooked. It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is classic white, sleek pink, or vibrant green, there are plenty of clever ways to create a space that feels like home. Some of these ideas require you to work from scratch, while others simply offer advice on how you can maximize your small space with built-in shelving, storage solutions, and vanities. From installing bold tile to mixing subtle pops of color, these design tips and decorating ideas are sure to greet guests in style.

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Integrated shelves

For easy storage, create a location for the built-in shelves. You can use them to hold extra towels and baskets full of essential toiletries.


statement wall

Two-tone walls bring dimension to any design. Keep the bottom half of the wall in a solid color, then add patterned wallpaper on top. This can be done throughout the space or in a section that you want to highlight.


Black and white

Black and white is a timeless color combination, especially in bathrooms. Mix black lighting, hardware and trim to provide dramatic contrast and depth.


Contrasting patterns

Floral wallpaper and herringbone tiles in coordinating hues work well together. Go for a medium or deep blue to give a relaxed feel.


Pop of color

If you want to keep the rest of your bathroom in one hue, paint the vanity in a statement hue, like a bold cobalt blue, for a welcome pop of color.


Decorative wallpaper

Spending time in nature soothes the heart and mind, so installing botanically inspired wallpaper is an easy way to make the room more enjoyable for everyone in it.


Golden accents

If you are only looking to make slight changes to your bathroom design, bring in gold accents to add a touch of elegance.


Warm and bright tones

Mix dark and light by keeping the walls white and incorporating wood accents throughout. A patterned rug is the perfect finishing touch.



marble design

Not only is the arched entryway a striking statement, but the marble seating inside enhances bath security, which is ideal for guests who require it.


bold floor

If your guest bathroom is mostly one color, change the flooring to add interest. Choose a tile color and design that will really pop against the walls, like the one pictured here.


A unique tone

Give your bathroom a modern upgrade by hanging a curved mirror and installing a terrazzo vanity top.


Double mirrors

Having mirrors in your guest bathroom is essential. Hang two above a double sink vanity to create a sense of symmetry.


makeup vanity

Place a makeup vanity in an unused corner to give your guests a designated place to get ready for the day. Slide the stool under the vanity when not in use to free up floor space.



A large display

Hanging a chandelier above the tub brings the drama, while a warm-toned runner adds cozy contrast. By placing your bathtub in front of a bay window, your guests will be able to enjoy the natural light streaming through it.


Comfortable seats

If your bathroom is large enough, separate it into two sections: a sitting area for quality relaxation and, well, everything else.


Bohemian appeal

Warm up an all-white bathroom with an array of earthy accents, from a rattan pendant to a slate bamboo bath mat.


living greenery

Plants bring life to any space. Scatter a few air-purifying plants around the room — inside the shower, along the windowsill, hanging from the ceiling, and more — to create a sense of calm.

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Sliding door

While just as functional as a traditional swing door, a pocket door is ideal if you’re working with limited floor space. Certain styles, like a farmhouse-inspired barn door, make any room feel warmer and more inviting.


Custom medicine cabinet

Cover the inside of your medicine cabinet with chalkboard paint, so you can leave positive notes for your guests. You can even write a list of everything they can use for free and where to find it.


Exposed towels

Stock your bathroom with everything your guests might need, including a range of towels on a metal rack (this one is actually designed for water bottles). Place it directly on the floor or mount it on the wall for easy access.



sense of balance

If you don’t want to close off your small guest bathroom, make sure the pedestal sink and surrounding tiles are in the same color scheme.


Natural light

Large windows give the room an open and airy feel. The bay window alcove also provides additional storage space – or in this case, the perfect spot for a freestanding tub.


Elegant bathroom cabinet

Make sure everything is ready and in one place. Opt for Flemish or frosted glass panels to keep supplies out of sight.


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