Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest Bathroom Remodeling Ideas

No matter how large or small your home, part of being a homeowner is opening your home to visiting guests, whether friends or family. While having a separate guest bedroom may or may not be a part of your home’s layout, a guest bathroom can play a vital role in making your visitors feel welcomed and comfortable. Here are some tips to help you create a relaxing environment for your guests.

Convenient Layout: If you have a guest bedroom, you want to place your guest bathroom no more than two doors away, so that your guests can access it easily. If you do not have a guest bedroom, be sure that the bathroom is located closely to wherever the guests will be sleeping. This helps your guests to feel more at home, as they do not feel that they are wondering around, searching for the bathroom. 

Design Details: When choosing paint, wallpaper, or decorating schemes, focuses on simplicity. Colours that are too bold or lively do not allow people to relax. Look for calm and peaceful tones. Many spas and classy hotels use white as a clean and comforting colour. Whichever colour scheme you opt for, maintain continuity among the linens as well. Assign clearly designated spots for hand towels and shower towels. A discreet place for used towels is also a good idea. Select towels that are large in size and soft to the touch. Use absorbent bath mats and a shower curtain that do not easily mildew. The shower curtain should tie the entire theme together. A scented candle or vase with freshly cut flowers on the vanity is a welcoming touch, but be sure to leave adequate space for guests to keep their toiletries.

Added Extras: Mimic the luxurious feel of an upscale hotel or spa by providing plenty of extra toiletries in case your guests may have forgotten something. Consider stocking small bottles of shampoo, soap, lotion, razors, and toothbrushes. Keep extra towels and toilet paper in a convenient location, such as under the sink or in a decorative basket. Guest robes and slippers are a nice touch as well. To really go the extra mile, place a stack of decorative, disposable towels on a tray next to the sink. Travelling is already stressful enough, especially if you feel that you are imposing on someone’s space. Set your guests at ease by providing a warm and inviting bathroom that makes them feel welcome by utilizing the suggestions above.

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Pamper yourself this autumn with a spa-like bathroom space

Our lives are increasingly busy and stress is on the up. Creating a bathroom that can be a space to relax and pamper yourself, rather than just a practical place for cleaning and grooming, has never been so popular. And as the evenings close in and the mornings become darker and chillier, imagine a cosy home spa filled with the warm tones of wooden bathroom furniture, luxuries such as a steam shower and freestanding bath, and soothing decor.

When you take a trip to a hotel or leisure club spa, you can enjoy the facilities there to the full because you never have to use them when you’re in a rush for an early morning meeting, when the dog’s rolled in something stinky and sticky again, or when the kids are fighting over who goes first at the bathroom basin. In a spa, you’re away from the stresses of home and are free to indulge.

So how do you go about creating such a space in your own home: how do you design a truly relaxing haven for pampering, while balancing your family’s need for practicality?

First, think about your needs. Draw up two separate lists: one for your practical bathroom; one for your haven. This way, you’ll spend time thinking about your priorities, the way your current bathroom’s used, what could make it easier in the morning, what could make it more soothing and relaxing in the evening. Think about your two ideal bathing spaces now – but remember you’ll need to be prepared to compromise later on.

Next, measure your bathroom and assess its suitability for your preferred fittings. Map out the location of your current plumbing, your doorway and window opening, and measure your walls and alcoves. Use a scale drawing with cut-out bathroom fittings that you can slide around the paper as you try out different ideas, or investigate websites such as the virtual bathroom designer at

This is the point where you’ll have to think about where your priorities lie; you’ll also find it helpful to look out for items that have a dual purpose or a space-saving aesthetic. Bathroom furniture, with its spacious cupboards and drawers, is likely to be a good option for your spa-bathroom: it looks good, it hides away all the practical items that need to be there but that will distract you as you try to relax, and it can be really compact so that you gain more space for the features you love, such as a whirlpool bath or steam shower cabin.

Finally, when your layout is all finalised, think about your decor. Warm neutrals and natural materials such as natural stone tiles, soft paint shades and wooden bathroom cabinets are timeless and soothing, and can be combined with accent colours and accessories to bring you a bathroom that’s of the season, this season – and easy to adapt for the next season, and the next, and the next....