How to Create a Beautiful Guest Bathroom

As the name would suggest, your guest bathroom will be used by your friends, family, and maybe the occasional stranger. This means that this bathroom should be a beautiful, cozy room that will make an impression on your guests that use it.

I have to admit, we still have a few things to do in our guest bathroom, like add some open shelving for towels, hang towel holders, and some styling. So in this article, I’m talking about finishes more so than decorating.

We ended up having a full bath downstairs which will come in handy when we have overnight guests, but it also serves as a great powder room on the first floor.

I love the fact that guests do not have to use the master bath. It is normally a mess because it’s used the most. The guest bathroom is much easier to keep clean because it is rarely used by us.

Even though we still have a few things to add, we are loving the way it looks and feels right now.

As we planned the design and finishes of this room, we wanted to create a room that was light and airy, a little modern, and a little classic. Here are the things we focused on:

Elegant Vanity

Our vanity played a huge part in our bathroom design. We chose a black 30-inch Mohogany vanity from Signature Hardware. The Radke vanity ended up being the perfect fit! We loved the dark vanity because we felt like it really set the tone for the bathroom.

Considering we have white walls, we wanted something that would really pop. Going with a painted vanity was a great way to create some much-needed contrast.

We also loved the fact that the vanity is its own solid piece, like a piece of furniture. Using a free-standing vanity allows you to have more options.

Many vanity companies have several options to fit any design style. Signature Hardware allows you to choose the vanity top color and material. As I mentioned, we went with Quartz, which we love!

Gorgeous Lighting

Lighting is another element in the guest bath that shouldn’t be overlooked. I feel like adding a pendant or chandelier to a bathroom adds lots of character and makes the bathroom stand out and feel special. The great thing is that this is a very inexpensive change or addition if you want to update a little.

We went with a brass pendant for the ceiling. It is very unique and I love the way the lighting reflects from the design of the pendant. The pendant we chose has already sparked interest from our guest. We also decided to go with a single wall sconce over the mirror which is a combination of black and brass. I think it works nicely with the black vanity and brass hardware.

Standout Faucet and Hardware

Two other key components to a lovely guest bath are a great faucet and vanity hardware. I kind of feel like these two things go hand in hand. Not to say they need to match, but they both need to look amazing!

We went with a matte black faucet while sticking to brass hardware on the cabinets.

The brass really stands out on the black painted vanity while the black faucet contrasted well with the lighter countertop. It is all about pop!

Unique Mirror

We also love adding in some type of unique mirror. Nothing too over the top, but maybe a unique shape or even a cool frame. You know simple is our style, so we kept with that and chose an oval-shaped mirror framed in brass.

It is very elegant and simple but adds a nice touch to the room. Since our vanity is only 30″ wide, we had to go with a narrow mirror.

Beautiful Flooring

Flooring is always a key element in making a bathroom beautiful. Whether going with the seamless look of hardwood or a gorgeous tile pattern, flooring is very important! Your flooring choice can completely make or break the look of your guest bath.

In our previous home, we went with engineered hardwood in all the bathrooms and we loved it. But this time, we chose a different tile for each bathroom.

In the guest bathroom, we wanted something classic but with an interesting pattern. We chose a marble hexagon mosaic. It definitely added some interest and uniqueness to the room.

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  • Reply Jean

    Beautiful! Would you be able to share the source of your floor tile? Thank you!

    March 12, 2020 at 1:59 am
  • Reply Brooke

    Hi Jean. It’s called Norton by Jeffrey Court.

    March 12, 2020 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply Suzanne

      Did you do something special with the floor tile grout? It looks slightly raised

      March 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm
      • Reply Henry

        No, we didn’t do anything special. It might just be the shadows making it looks that way.

        March 17, 2020 at 3:44 am
  • Reply Felicia

    Forgive my ignorance on this subject, but are transition pieces not needed between the tile and wood? Mine seem to be more trouble than they’re worth, but I always assumed they had to be there. Thanks!

    March 12, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    • Reply Brooke

      In my opinion, the only time you should use a transition is if the tile and hardwood are not level with each other. Our hardwood is 3/8″ of an inch thick which worked out to be roughly the same thickness as the backer board plus tile.

      March 12, 2020 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Beautiful!! Could you share the grout color for the tile? It’s stunning!

    June 22, 2020 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Good evening! Where did you get the brass hardware? I love the shape of the knobs.

    July 17, 2020 at 12:37 am
  • Reply Annette Baity

    Stunning guest bath, I want it for my MASTER bath, LOL! Can you please share a link to that super cute “end table” in your guest bath?

    July 27, 2020 at 6:04 am
  • Reply ariane


    Lovely bathroom! Could you share the supplier and name of the lighting?


    August 22, 2020 at 2:08 am
  • Reply María Palacio

    I love this and I have almost everything except the tile. Could you tell me what is the color of the grout you guys used? Please and thank you!

    October 21, 2020 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Heather Klompmaker

    Gorgeous bathroom! I’m looking in to the same vanity, but am wondering how it’s holding up for you? Do you still love it just as much?

    December 20, 2020 at 7:08 pm
  • Reply Divya Chari

    Can you please provide the source for the lighting fixture? The bathroom is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work.

    August 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm
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