24 best guest bathroom ideas

Amy Bartlam

At home, your bathroom is one of your safe havens. So if you have friends and family over, it’s entirely understandable that you’d want your guest bathroom to convey a similar sense of calm. If you want to transform your space into something visitors will love, check out these beautiful GGuest bathroom ideas.

Whether you’re hosting an event in your home or bringing family and friends home for the holidays, your powder room is one of the first places they’ll see and use frequently throughout their stay. And sometimes the guest bathroom is one of those areas that often gets overlooked. Whether your bathroom is classic white, sleek pink, or bright green, there are so many clever ways to create a space that feels right at home. Some of these ideas require you to work from scratch, while others simply offer tips on how to maximize your small space with built-in shelving, storage solutions, and vanity tops. From laying bold tile floors to mixing subtle pops of color, these design tips and decorating ideas are sure to welcome guests in style.

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

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

Black and white is a timeless color combination, especially in the bathroom. Mix black light, hardware and trim to create dramatic contrast and depth.

Floral wallpaper and herringbone tiles in coordinated tones go well together. Choose a medium or deep blue to convey a relaxing feel.

If you want to keep the rest of your bathroom one hue, paint the vanity an eye-catching hue, like a rich cobalt blue, for a welcome pop of color.

Spending time in nature calms the heart and mind, so installing botanical-inspired wallpaper is an easy way to make the space more comfortable for all who spend time in it.

If you only want to make minor changes to the design of your bathroom, use gold accents to add a touch of elegance.

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


Not only is the arched entrance an eye-catching statement, but the marble seating inside enhances bathroom security – great for guests who need it.

If your guest bathroom is primarily monochromatic, switch up the flooring to add interest. Choose a tile color and design that really stands out on the walls, like the one shown here.

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

Mirrors in the guest bathroom are indispensable. Hang two over a double sink vanity to create a sense of symmetry.

Tuck a dressing table into an unused corner to give your guests a designated spot to get ready for the day. Slide the stool under the vanity when not in use to free up floor space.


Hanging a chandelier over the tub adds drama, while a runner in warm tones adds a cozy contrast. By placing your bathtub in front of a bay window, your guests can enjoy the natural light streaming through.

If your bathroom is big enough, split it into two areas: a seating area for some high-end R&R and everything else.

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

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

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While just as functional as a traditional swing door, a sliding door is ideal when you’re working with limited floor space. Certain styles, like a farmhouse-inspired barn door, will make any space 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 that’s free for them and where to find it.

Stock your bathroom with everything your guests could ever need – including a set of towels on a metal shelf (this one is actually made for bottled water). Place it directly on the floor or mount it on the wall for easy access.


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

Large windows give the space an open, airy feel. The niche in a bay window also offers additional storage space – or in this case the perfect place for a free-standing bathtub.


Stylish bathroom cabinet

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


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