How to get your bathroom ready for guests

Published: 31st Jan 2022Read Time: 5 min

With restrictions lifting and friends and family allowed to stay in our homes once again, now is the perfect time to get your bathroom guest ready. After a year of Zoom quizzes, meet-ups in the park, and outdoor dining, why not treat them to a night of luxury? As bathroom experts, we've got the finishing touches you need to create a luxurious guest bathroom.

Deep clean

Whether your guest bathroom is also your house bathroom, or you have a dedicated small luxury en-suite bathroom, you must make a good impression. A deep clean can instantly transform the look and feel of your bathroom.
If your bathroom has been unoccupied for a while, you may notice a funny smell coming from your sink or shower. This could be a sign of gases escaping or a simple case of build-up from shampoos and shower gels. But to make sure you have enough time to deal with any problems, start preparing your bathroom for guests a few days before their arrival.

Carry out repairs

From a loose flush handle to a sticky door lock, a creaky cabinet to a slow-draining plug, spend a bit of time getting these small repairs done before your guests arrive. Have a lacklustre showerhead? It could be that you have a build-up of limescale or mineral deposits. Immersing the head in vinegar will help dissolve the build-up. For extra cleaning power, add a few tablespoons of baking soda to the vinegar.
Alternatively, you could replace the showerhead completely and opt for a rainforest showerhead with multi-jets for a spa-like experience.

A fresh lick of paint

After a year of not really going anywhere, staying with loved ones will be a real treat. So, why not transform your bathroom into a luxe-looking hotel bathroom? Dark walls with gold or antique bronze accessories paired with heritage bathroom suites are the staple of luxury bathroom design.
If you prefer a more contemporary feel, painting the walls with a stark white and installing a geometric-inspired bathroom suite incorporating natural materials ticks all the boxes.

Make it warm and cosy

Luxury bathroom design is all about adding those sumptuous finishing touches. Heated towel rails and underfloor heating create a cosy cocoon, making bathing and showering a more comfortable experience.
For small bathrooms, vertical designer towel rails are the perfect bathroom wall accessory. Not only will they help heat the room, but thanks to their design they won't take up precious space.

Remove the clutter and add open shelving

Guest bathroom design is all about leaving space for guests to place their own belongings, and open shelves are the ideal solution to reduce the chance of them leaving anything behind.
Ladder shelving and floating shelves work well in bathrooms as they can also be used to display beautiful glass bathroom accessories.
If your guest bathroom is also your house bathroom, remove clutter from surfaces and use storage baskets and bins. Sink cabinets are great for storing cleaning products and spare towels and help create an uncluttered space.

Add in the extras

The last thing you want is your guests looking through your airing cupboard for clean towels. Place clean towels and washcloths on the open shelves so they can easily see them.
Oversized fluffy guest bathroom towels are a nice touch too, and really help create that luxurious experience, while glass bathroom accessories add a touch of apothecary chic.
Glass jars with cotton wool and buds look great on open shelves and are useful additions for visiting friends and family. Decant soap and lotion into glass bottles to tie the whole scheme together.
Adding reed diffusers in a luxury scent like oud and frankincense completes the whole luxury bathroom design.
And don't forget to keep extra loo roll in an obvious location too!

Make a feature wall

The bathroom is one room in the house when you can be as outlandish as you want, so why not take advantage and make a feature wall your guests will love looking at. Gallery walls with a mixture of typography and artwork are having a moment.
Use a combination of frames for added interest and pick pieces that are different sizes to make a truly eye-catching feature.
If artwork isn’t your thing, kitsch wallpaper or patterned luxury bathroom tiles are an effective way of creating a feature wall - the bolder the better!

Don't forget lighting and mirrors

Mood lighting is great for guest bathrooms, but task lighting shouldn’t be forgotten either.
Ensure your bathroom is well lit with spotlights in the shower and over the sink area. Backlit mirrors are a great way to add task lighting without encroaching on your luxury bathroom design.
And, of course, no bathroom is complete without a mirror. Placing a mirror above the sink is a staple of any bathroom design, but make sure it's hung at a height most people can see their reflection in!
For a cohesive scheme, choose a mirror with a similar finish to the bathroom taps to tie the metallics together. Antiqued mirrors work well in traditional heritage settings, while rimless mirrors are the epitome of contemporary cool.
For more bathroom inspiration, whether it's your house bathroom, guest bathroom, en-suite or even downstairs loo, download our latest brochure or book an appointment with our in-house designers. Discover how we can transform your spaces.