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Guest bathrooms tend to be multifunctional rooms.  For the majority of the time, they are just another bathroom in the house but they quickly become dedicated to guests when they are staying overnight.  They also have a tendency to become storage areas for overflow items that don’t fit in other bathrooms.  With so many uses, guest baths can easily become cluttered and neglected in terms of decor.  So how can you decorate a guest bath so that it reflects your personal style and is also both comfortable and functional?
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Start With a Clean Slate Most importantly, make sure the entire room is squeaky clean. Treat yourself to a day off from cleaning; hire a professional cleaning service to do the dirty work. Be Prepared Stock the bathroom vanity with the little amenities your guests may have forgotten to pack, such as cotton balls, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a razor. Even the most organized travelers will forget something, so having those items readily on-hand will save them frustration. Design by Sarah Richardson Freshen Up Brighten up the bath with a vase of fresh flowers and add a subtle aroma with scented soaps or potpourri. Design by Sarah Richardson Out With the Old Replace a worn or dated shower curtain or liner and switch out an old bathmat with a new, super-plush model. Add Luxe Linens Splurge on thick, 100 percent cotton bath towels, washcloths and hand towels. A great tip is to buy guest towels in a color different from your regular towels, so you’ll always have the “good” towels ready for overnight guests. Design by Layla Palmer, the Lettered Cottage Include the Extras Sea sponges, bath salts, loofahs and bath brushes are items you’d typically expect to find in a spa or high-end hotel. They’re also inexpensive items you can pick up at your local dollar store. Fill a tubside bin with an assortment to treat your guests to a spa-like experience. Indulge Their Vanity An illuminated or magnifying vanity mirror is a thoughtful addition that older visitors or guests with impaired eyesight will really appreciate. Add Scented Candles A bathroom filled with the subtle fragrance of vanilla, sandalwood or citrus will make a long soak even more relaxing. Hide a Hamper If space allows, provides guests with a basket or bin for stashing used towels and linens. Stock the Shower With the ever-shifting rules regarding flying with liquids, many guests may plan on simply purchasing toiletries once they reach their destination. Save them a trip to the store by placing shampoo, conditioner, soap and a razor in the shower. Replace Broken or Leaking Fixtures There’s nothing like the looming deadline of out-of-town guests to fast-track repairs you’ve been putting off. If you’re handy with a wrench, swapping out or repairing a leaky shower head is something you can quickly tackle yourself. Can It While a trash can certainly isn’t a sexy addition, it is a handy one. Help it blend in by matching the can’s style or color to your bathroom’s decor.
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Powder Room Pizazz A small bath is a great place to experiment with bold colors, but be careful to find the right balance by not overdoing it with too many accessories. From: Brian Patrick Flynn Free Up Floor Space Choose a pedestal sink to add more floor space. These sinks are perfect for small half baths and powder rooms where a desire for space prevails over storage requirements. Climb the Walls The key to getting the most out of your small bath is to embrace vertical space. Adding open shelving is a great way to improve storage, and a few baskets or decorative boxes are great for storing extra necessities. Add-On Storage Are you missing a medicine cabinet and needing a place to store all of your bathroom amenities? Consider adding a cabinet above the toilet or on any free wall for the perfect accessory to contain and conceal. Venture Outside If you find that your powder room is simply too small to work with, consider utilizing the area directly outside the door. Add a bookshelf or armoire to store towels, extra toothpaste and whatever else you may find that you need. Everything Right For a small bath, this room has plenty of storage and exceptional lighting. Built-in shelves make a huge difference, as they are both practical and aesthetically pleasing. Basin legs keep the room from looking too busy, while the natural light and white walls brighten the entire space. Look Down One of the most overlooked areas of the bathroom is understandably below the counter. But what’s stopping you from adding an extra shelf or two to store makeup, hair products or extra toilet tissue? Suit Your Storage Needs When choosing what type of cabinetry will work in your half bath, consider everything you will need to contain. Wash cloths, hand towels and extra guest supplies all find a home in this hardworking cupboard. Clutter Control Do you love knickknacks? Although they are fun and add personality to any space, too many baubles can overpower a small room. Corral your favorite accessories with a vanity tray for a sweet display that is under control. Trick of the Eye In this bathroom, the subway tile was installed vertically rather than horizontally. This small change draws the eye upward, making the ceiling appear higher. Sleek Design Glass shelves, a wall-mounted faucet and clean lines all come together in this small bath for a sleek look, maximizing storage while also minimizing unnecessary design distractions. Quality Investment One great aspect of small bathrooms is the fact that a smaller room requires fewer furnishings. For this reason, half baths and powder rooms are the perfect places to splurge on high-end pieces, like the copper vessel sink featured here. Slide Aside Pocket doors and barn doors are great options for small bathrooms, particularly those that open into a hallway or other narrow space. Paint the room a bright color for a fun, surprising look. Mirror, Mirror Mirrors are always a great way to add depth to a room, but a mirrored wall can actually double visual space. Classic Storage Basin and pedestal sinks are great options for visually expanding your space, but a traditional sink with included storage is often essential. Keep a light-colored counter clutter free in order to keep a larger cabinet from overwhelming the small space. Float On To get a look that feels both light and delicate, try a floating basin and vanity. Extra space underneath is ideal for a vanity stool or extra storage baskets. Appliance Science The easiest way to make a small bathroom feel even smaller is by filling it with regular-sized appliances. Opt for smaller appliances for a room that feels just right.
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For a bathroom, you really want to make sure that the space always feels fresh and clean.  The first way to accomplish this is to…well…make sure the bathroom is actually clean!  Remember, alone in the room with nothing else to look at, guests will look at the floor, the baseboards and in the corner behind the door, so make sure you clean thoroughly!  Another way to give the illusion of a clean room is to pick lighter colors that make the room feel bright, open and airy. This is especially important if your guest bath is surrounded by interior walls and therefore, doesn’t have a window.  Lastly, make sure the bathroom smells clean.  Heavily perfumed potpourri and deodorizers always make it seem as though you are trying to mask a smell, so instead, look for something that is lighter and fresher, such as fresh linen or clean cotton.
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… a luxury bathroom – This hospitality might also extend to a luxurious guest bathroom such as this one. Bob and his family would delight in the luxury they would never have known before, with soft towels rolled up beneath the sink, and the plush dressing gown hanging on the hook. Actually, stepping in from Victorian England, they’d probably just delight in hot running water!
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Guests bathrooms are often smaller than other bathrooms in the house and can begin to feel cluttered and confining if there are too many objects in the room.  Remove any unnecessary items to ensure there is ample floor space to move around and plenty of space on the countertop.  Also, for overnight guests, try to make some space underneath the sink and/or in the drawers so that they can store their toiletries in the bathroom. Giving guests space of their own allows them to put away their belongings when not in use and helps keep the bathroom looking tidier.
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It’s nice to decorate a bathroom so that it fits in with the style of the rest of the house and is comfortable for guests, but given limited space, you should prioritize how you decorate a bathroom, starting with the basics first.  By this I mean use your toiletries as decorative items.  For example, extra rolls of toilet paper don’t have to be left in the bag and placed under the sink.  If you have space, find a cute basket and leave them out where guests can easily find them!

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