24 Best Guest Bathroom Ideas

guest bathroom ideas

Amy Bartlam

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

Whether you’re hosting an event in your home or having family and friends over for the holidays, your guest bathroom is one of the first places they’ll see and use often throughout their stay. And at times, the guest bathroom is one of the areas that can often be overlooked. No matter if your bathroom is classic white, elegant pink or vibrant green, there are so many clever ways to create a space that feels like home. Some of these ideas require you to work from the ground up, while others simply offer tips on how you can maximize your small space with built-in shelves, storage solutions and vanities. From installing bold tile flooring to mixing in subtle pops of color throughout, these design tips and decor ideas are sure to welcome guests in style.

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Built-in Shelves

For easy storage, carve out a spot for recessed shelves. You can use them to hold extra towels and baskets full of bathroom essentials.


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 you want to emphasize.


Black and White

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


Contrasting Patterns

Floral wallpaper and herringbone tile in coordinating hues pair nicely. Go with a medium or deep blue to give off a relaxing feel.


Pop of Color

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


Decorative Wallpaper

Spending time in nature calms the heart and mind, so installing botanical-inspired wallpaper is an easy way to make the room more enjoyable for anyone who’s in it.


Gold Accents

If you’re only looking to make slight changes to your bathroom’s 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 wooden accents throughout. A patterned rug is the perfect finishing touch.



Marble Design

Not only is the arched entrance a striking statement, but the marble seating inside enhances the safety of the bath —great for guests who may need it.


Bold Flooring

If your guest bathroom is mostly one color, switch up the flooring to add interest. Pick a tile color and design that’ll really pop against the walls, like the one shown here.


A Single 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

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



A Grand Display

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


Comfortable Seating

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


Boho Appeal

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


Live Greenery

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

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Sliding Door

Although it’s just as functional as a traditional swing door, a sliding pocket door is ideal if you’re working with limited floor space. Certain styles, like a farmhouse-inspired barn door, make any room feel more warm and 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 that’s free for them to use and where to find them.


Towels on Display

Stock your bathroom with everything your guests could ever need — including an array of towels on a metal rack (this one’s actually made for water bottles). Place it directly on the floor or mount it to 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 tile are in the same color palette.


Natural Light

Large windows lend to the room’s open, airy feel. The alcove in a bay window also provides additional storage space — or in this case, the perfect spot for a freestanding tub.


Stylish Bathroom Cabinet

Make sure you have everything ready and in one place. Opt for flemish or frosted glass panels to keep the supplies out of sight.


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