When hosting out-of-town or overnight guests, it’s important to spend just as much time preparing the guest bathroom as you do the guest bedroom.
Think about it: Having to use the bathroom in someone else’s house is daunting enough – the last thing you want to do is scar your guests for life with mismatched towels, chipping paint and disgusting soap.
I once read that a neutral color palette in the guest bathroom practically screams “comfort” – except maybe instead of a scream, it’s more of a soft, tantalizing whisper, like, “Come on in…” says the door. “Do sit down…” beckons the toilet. “Shall I prepare a relaxing bath for you?” asks the bath. “Touch me…” whispers the penny-round tile.
Well, that escalated rather quickly.
Moving on, one major way to make guests feel welcome is to hang a statement-making mirror over the vanity.
Whether or not you’re willing to admit it, there are few activities more mesmerizing than looking at our own reflections.
Play to their ego, I say, and you can’t lose.
Why, you ask? Because we’ve trained their little minds to associate their pretty little reflection (which they simply adore) with our guest bathroom.
Classical conditioning at its finest.
A great way to keep your guests from feeling lonely while they’re taking care of business is to incorporate a friendly little plant (or three) into the decor.
Just keep in mind that plants, especially succulents, need natural light to survive, so as soon as your guests leave, make sure you return the plants back to a sunlit room so they can properly heal from your abuse before the next guest arrives.
A bouquet of fresh flowers works just as well to infuse the space with life, and if your guests know even the basic principles of etiquette, then I hope they greeted you with a few pretty stems.
Should your guests decide to take the bathtub up on that offer from earlier, you’ll want to make sure you’ve hung a soft and extra fluffy towel next to the bath.
Naturally, the towel is for guests only – a fact that neither your husband nor your children can seem to grasp. Thus, the minute they use the towel, the world spins out of control, and life starts to feel chaotic.
(Please tell me you can relate…)
If you remember only one point from this oh-so-eloquent write-up, let it be the following piece of wisdom: Stock your bathroom with plenty of basics, including soap, shampoo, ear cleaners, extra toilet paper, etc.
If you really want to impress your guests, replace whatever boring bar of soap you’ve currently got on the vanity with a fancy, all-organic charcoal liquid alternative. Not only does it smell heavenly, but it’s also black in color.
“Black soap… what an oxymoron!”
This realization will keep your guests entertained for a solid five minutes.
All those articles you’ve previously read, telling you to incorporate lots of storage for your guests are wrong. Don’t listen to them.
Sure, you want your guests to have a place to store their toothbrush, but excessive storage may send the wrong message to your visitors. Last thing you need on your hands is for Aunt Thelma to outstay her welcome because you practically begged her to move in by giving her ALL THIS SPACE to store her belongings.
Don’t do it.
And on that note, ladies and gentlemen, we conclude today’s lesson on creating a cozy and inviting guest bathroom, along with this fascinating tour of our guest bathroom.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put the three amigos back where they belong.
Now it’s your time to shine – and by shine I mean voice your thoughts. Do you feel ready to decorate your own guest bathroom? What’s the single most important piece of advice you have for creating an inviting guest bathroom?
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To see another Howard Elliott piece I’ve previously featured, check out the DIY mirror makeover I shared earlier this year.
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