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Decorate your guest bathroom

Discover how to create a bathroom decorating scheme that will feel welcoming when guests stay over

Lucky enough to have a bathroom alongside your guest bedroom? Find you use your own en suite, leaving the main bathroom to your overnight visitors so they can get ready for the day without wondering if they’ve jumped the queue? If your answer is yes, then now’s your chance to decorate your guest bathroom beautifully. Here’s how.

Choose a look

A bathroom that’s mostly used by guests rather than permanent residents isn’t going to be subject to the same everyday wear and tear, so you won’t need to redecorate as frequently. The upside is less work and expense, but on the other hand, it means it’s worth going for a scheme with classic credentials so it won’t go out of date before you get the paintbrush out again.


We like the traditional green-painted tongue and groove walls in this scheme from, which will look good for many years to come.

Think easy care

On a scale of zero to 10, where zero is so laid-back I’m vertical, and 10 is worryaholic, where would you rate yourself? And what about your friends and family? If either side is anything other than a big, fat zero, then make sure your bathroom decorating choices aren’t going to prove a trap for the unwary guest. So, avoid dressing the walls in that fabulous wallpaper you’ve been hankering after in case your guests have an aversion to using the extractor fan and opening the window. Likewise, the gorgeous wooden flooring you would never splash isn’t where you should be headed.
Instead, think wipeable walls, and quick to clean, slip-proof flooring and keep everyone’s blood pressure down.


Double duty

Guests need towels, and your guest bathroom scheme needs decorative elements. Put the towels on show and you can make the room look good and ensure they’re not wondering if it’s rude to go rummaging through your linen cupboard in one fell swoop. Roll hand towels into storage baskets you can fit on to a basin console, and stack bath towels on shelves and they’ll help give your room a hotel-style finish.

Pick a stylish towel radiator for the guest bathroom, too, and it’ll make a statement as well as cutting down on the laundry load. This Wagner designer radiator has appealing curves.

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Add a little luxury


Choose soaps you can leave on show ready for your visitors, so they’ll feel welcome and won’t have to ask. We like this Butterscotch & Honeycomb recipe from Soak Yourself, which will gently scent the room and is suitable for allskin types.

Storage for bathroom essentials is as important in a guest bathroom as in your own, so invest in a basin-side set with style. These stone-effect designs are from Tesco, and will give your visitors somewhere to set their toothbrushes, as well as a place for hand soap.


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