My Guest Bathroom Remodel: Design Choices, Decor & More

Today, I'm sharing my guest bathroom remodel; design choices, decor recommendations, and a step-by-step process.


Many of the products mentioned here are from Floor and Decor. Whenever I visit Floor and Decor, I love to wander around until I feel like I've seen everything. My brain is like a living Pinterest board, so I enjoy categorizing things by aesthetics and styles. Everywhere you turn, there's inspiration galore.

Tiles

In my opinion, this marble tile is timeless with its unique, gorgeous blue hexagon mosaic and white veining. The polished high gloss finish gives the space a great sense of elegance.

Demolition process

I always get a bit nervous during the demolition process, even though I've been through it several times.


It's exciting and nerve-wracking to see everything unfold and come back together. Frank explained each step to me, which is so important. You know you have a good contractor when they communicate with you every step of the way.

Installation

Frank is now checking the placement of the linear drain before pouring the concrete. I want it to be at least an inch and a half thick, and we're starting from three inches.


I need to see if it's right. It looks like it needs to be lower. What we're doing right now is called sloping. We're sloping the shower pan with about 2 to 3 inches of concrete bedding to about an inch and a half slope. This helps the water run off the tiles, and that's what all the prep work is for.

Frank started on the floor before working on the shower pan. Now he's doing the wall, and the plan is to put some of this beautiful tile on that niche.


Working with marble is very time-consuming because it needs to be cut with a diamond blade. It's tricky, but I can already see it coming together. It's even better than we imagined.


Color palette

Blue is often associated with calmness and serenity, which is the vibe I had before.


Our wall color was blue, but I decided to add a pop of color to the ceiling and carry that exact color onto the interior door, giving the space so much personality.


Tip: I wanted the illusion of marble everywhere, so here's a golden tip I want to share with you. If you want a high-end look on a budget, mix high and low materials.


For example, I used porcelain tiles on the wall and decorative tiles on the niche, shower pan, and floor. Mixing marble and porcelain gave me the luxurious look I wanted without the high price.


Hardware

I decided to go a bit bolder by using gold instead of polished chrome, as we did in our other two bathrooms. Mixing metals warms up a room and gives it a transitional feel. While all the finishes in the bathroom are gold, not all gold is the same color.


This wall-mounted brass ladder towel rack is from Hearth and Hand with Magnolia. I love this ladder-style towel rack with its three bars for hanging multiple towels.


My only hiccup was that the finish was more of a dark brass, and I needed a cooler gold. It's nothing a can of gold spray paint can't handle. Everything is a process.


Glass

The glass people are on their way to install the half-wall glass, and I've been waiting for that for a long time. It feels like everything is a hurry-up-and-wait situation. They're going to install it on the side of the wall, right where the middle tile is. The reason I wanted a half-wall glass is that I didn't want the door to hit the glass when it's opened.


Finally, the tempered glass shower partition is installed, and it makes the room feel much larger by allowing more light into the space.


There's an excellent cost-benefit here, too—half-wall shower glass enclosures don't require panels on all sides, which can significantly reduce costs.


Shower niche

A shower niche is a must. It keeps your products organized and provides a dedicated space to store all your shower essentials, keeping them within easy reach during your bathing routine. No more reaching for bottles on the floor! If you're planning a renovation and have a shower, I highly recommend adding a shower niche. We have them in all our bathrooms, and I have no regrets.

Rainfall shower

Frank installed this rainfall shower system so our guests can enjoy a luxurious 20-inch rainfall showerhead, along with a handheld shower for the ultimate shower experience.


Vanity

I've tailored the look by adding an ocean vanity with a Carrara marble top, which played a huge role in ensuring everything ties together.


The vanity has a beautiful blue with green undertones that play with the light, and it comes with two doors, a drawer, and a shelf. The white undermount sink was included, too.

Faucets

I have a soft spot for old-style faucets, so we chose a traditional widespread faucet from Home Depot, similar to the one in our other guest bathroom.

Lighting

The motion light under the sink, however, was an Amazon find.


We also added a round, energy-efficient touchscreen LED mirror with dimmable lights, which is an ideal addition to any bathroom. It has a clock with an anti-fog function for use during showers, and with a simple touch, you can turn on the lights and adjust the color temperature. It's definitely an upgrade from our last mirror.

Wall art

I chose the artwork carefully, opting for glass or ceramic pieces since they're unlikely to mildew or warp. This particular artwork is from HomeGoods, and I bought it months ago, well before I started the renovation.


Storage

When looking for creative storage solutions, try thinking outside the box.


This two-tier shelf has upper and lower levels. You might see it as a jewelry or makeup organizer, but I envision it being used for hand towels on the bottom and a spot for guests to place their jewelry on the top while washing their hands. It's double-duty decor.

Toilet brush

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing that nasty toilet brush. I know you can buy disposable ones, but they can get costly very quickly.


I used the Invisibrush in this bathroom.


This toilet brush is just like the standard ones, except you can hide it. A hanger suspends behind the toilet, so the brush and holder caddy won't take up valuable floor space. When it's time to clean, tilt the handle to access the brush. Since it's not sitting on the floor, sweeping and mopping is a breeze.


Guest essentials

I've tried to meet all our guests' needs and then some. I absolutely love the drawer filled with essentials for our guests in case they forget something at home. I've included some of my favorite products for them to try. Everything is within easy reach.


I added a glass jewelry box that you can find at Home Goods, TJ Maxx, or even Amazon, and filled it with shower steamers.


The little steamers dissolve perfectly, filling the bathroom with a fantastic scent and giving you a mini spa experience right at home.



I also managed to squeeze in a few containers filled with cotton swabs and mini compressed towels.



The next shelf is filled with more towels, and the bottom shelf holds the toilet paper.


I've placed it in a tray I already had because it makes it easier for anyone reaching for it. Things tend to get shoved to the back, so it's the little adjustments that really make a big difference.


Guest bathroom makeover

What do you think of my guest bathroom makeover? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Would you have done anything different? Share your design ideas, too!


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  • Brenda Miller Brenda Miller on Jul 08, 2024
    Absolutely beautiful.
  • Yolanda jefferson Yolanda jefferson on Jul 10, 2024
    Hello, I love your ideas however my tub/shower back-drop design is so beautiful. I wish not to cover it up with curtains. I want a design as a picture or scenery. I will use your ideas
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