Designing Your Guest Bathroom to Impress

March 11, 2016

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We don’t normally think of a bathroom as a room that should impress, even when we are expecting guests. A master bath might receive a decent makeover, but all those poor half-baths and guest bathrooms are often left neglected. Meanwhile, our guests end up using the bathroom probably more frequently than any other room, especially if it’s a guest who’s staying for a few nights. So maybe it’s time to do some remodeling? Here are a few ideas from our Maryland bathroom remodeling experts on how to give your guest bathroom a wow factor.

Create a Theme

Come up with an idea for a theme, so that you have a framework that will guide the rest of your design decisions. Depending on your style, imagination and quirkiness, you can end up with anything from a Gatsby-style art deco bathroom to a king-worthy loo filled with gold accents and elaborate crown molding. If you prefer consistency, have your bathroom share the style with the rest of your house, but make it unique with the help of accessories.

Don’t be Afraid to be Bold

If you are looking for a wow factor, go for bold colors. They don’t have to be bright or crazy, but stay away from whites and pastels. Navy blue, yellow, red or even black will definitely make a statement. You can also use a stencil or a busy wallpaper to introduce contrast and pattern. Be careful not to overdo it, because dark colors and patterns make the bathroom look smaller and you don’t want your guests to feel claustrophobic.

Add Some Bling

A shiny gold or silver finish will surely add a luxurious feel to your bathroom. Coordinate the faucet, mirror frame, towel rings, door knobs and other metal parts to have the same consistent look. Or you could keep everything else toned down and instead have just one statement piece, such as a mirror in a rhinestone frame.

Let There be Light

If your guest bathroom ceiling is high enough, you can finish the design with a fancy chandelier. If not, pick elaborate sconces and place them strategically to illuminate the points of interest. And remember: there are different light bulb colors and designs other than plain white. Create a certain mood by choosing a red, blue, or a stained glass bulb.

Stick to High Quality

The looks are important, but don’t forget about the practical aspect. The impression left by your beautiful bathroom can be ruined by rough towels with uneven stitching or hand soap with a broken pump. Choose high-quality toilet paper, towels, tissues and soap. After all, it’s a guest bathroom and it won’t be used as much, so the goodies should last a while.

Go High-Tech

Nothing evokes more “wows” than modern technology. And these days there are plenty of bathroom gadgets on the market that can get your guests gasping in surprise and awe. From LED faucet lights to shower speakers and touch-screen mirrors, there are many ways you can give your guests a one-of-a-kind bathroom experience.

While following all of the above tips in the same bathroom may be too much, if you pick a few you have a good chance of creating a tasteful and memorable guest bathroom design. And if at any point you need professional bathroom design and remodeling help, give Bath Doctor a call! We’ll be happy to offer ideas, as well as do all the dirty work for you from demolition to construction and cleanup!

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