Do you ever look around your house and just get a sort of “blah” feeling? No matter how much we love our homes, and no matter how homey they feel to us, it’s inevitable that we’ll get a bit tired of them every so often. The good news is that you can make your home feel fresh and new without doing anything drastic, like taking on major renovations at the wrong time or starting to get quotes from a moving company as you stare at that one crooked bookshelf in the corner that’s been taunting you for far too long. Starting with small projects can have a huge impact on how you feel about your home overall and will help you break down your entire to-do list in a way that will feel manageable. That’s why your guest bathroom is such a great place to begin.
While you might not use your guest bathroom as much as say, your kitchen or your bedroom, or your primary bathroom, this is an important room. After all, having a nice guest bathroom can make family, friends, or any other guests you have over feel more at home during their stay. In fact, having too nice of a guest bathroom might just be the leading cause of those oh-so-easy in-laws of yours overstaying their welcome—but still, it’s worth it for the compliments you’ll get on your interior design skills. And when it just feels like it’s time to make changes in your home, starting with a room that feels manageable—like a guest bathroom—is a great way to get it going. Read on for our top tips for giving your guest bathroom a refresh (and sorry in advance if your guests simply never want to leave!).
Before you take on any fun interior upgrades or decorative projects, it’s important to start with a clean slate. So, step one in any refresh project should always be a deep clean. Take the time to clean the tile grout, polish faucets, and clean in those nooks and crannies that often get overlooked during a standard clean (we’re looking at you, the base of the toilet bowl). Starting with a truly clean space can also provide some clarity around what projects you actually want to take on, versus what could have just been solved with some cleaning and organization.
Speaking of organization, this is the best next step to take during your guest bathroom refresh. During your deep clean, you’ll likely uncover old half-used shampoo bottles that no one seemed to like or expired products that previous guests have just been too polite to mention. In going through these items, you’ll be in the best possible position for giving the space a reorganization. You can find new ways to organize toiletry products, towels, toilet paper, and other essentials by using aesthetically pleasing storage baskets and bins, like seagrass baskets, or by installing some new floating shelves.
Like we said at the beginning of our blog, small changes can have a considerable impact. After you take the time to clean and organize the space, you’ll be ready to dive headfirst into decorative projects (this is where it gets fun, by the way!). In a space like a bathroom, you don’t need to make major changes to achieve your refresh goals. Instead, swap out any old bath rugs and mats and your shower curtain to reflect the new look you’re going for.
For example, if you want to try out a new aesthetic, like going from coastal minimalist to boho chic, opt for bathroom accessories that fit your new vibe. Even if you’re not making any major changes to the look of the space, a new bathmat and shower curtain can truly transform any bathroom—making it feel and look brand new.
Just like changing up your shower curtain and bathmat, investing in new towels is a small change that can make a huge difference. Take inventory of the bath towels, face towels, and hand towels that are available to your guests, and swap out anything bleach-stained, tattered, or, if you make changes to the color palate or aesthetic of the room, and towels that simply no longer fit the vibe. Go for a set that feels as good as it looks with super soft fabrics, like Supima cotton towels or plush Turkish cotton spa-worthy bath towels .
Now that you have a clean, organized space with accents that reflect the overall aesthetic you’re going for, plus a fresh new set of luxurious towels, you can set your sights on the details. Adding some nice touches will show that you really care about the space, which is key, even for your oh-so-easy in-laws. Put out a vase with some dried flowers, look for some scented candles to accent the countertop, or hang a plant from a hanging planter in the corner. These finishing touches will work wonders when it comes to achieving your refresh dreams!
Refreshing your guest bathroom can be a great first step toward fighting any “blah-ness” you feel about your space. Manageable, affordable, and impactful, these types of changes will instantly transform this space—which will in turn illicit tons of compliments from all of your houseguests. And, compliments aside, it’ll also be a fun, and fulfilling project to tackle that’ll make home feel even more like home.