When you buy a new but old house, the guest bathroom is probably bottom of your list in priorities. For us it was the big crack in the foundation, the hardwood floors, the kitchen – so many things to get the house not just livable but stylish too. But when it came to the guest bathroom, I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it until I had a contractor staring at me and I just had to make a decision.
I wanted the guest bathroom to be peaceful and cozy, and an actual bathroom for guests. Before I stuffed the vanity drawers with hotel mini bottles of shower gel and spare toothbrushes, I focused on making it a simple, elegant, and not too expensive space. When PayPal reached out to me about collaborating on a post, I actually went through my PayPal account to see what I had purchased, and apparently, my entire guest bathroom was on the list. I honestly use PayPal so often, it didn’t occur to me how much of my house was brought to my front door through them.
Of course, it wasn’t until after my renovation that I realized all of the awesome perks using PayPal will give you. One great free benefit of having a PayPal account is that if you aren’t happy with your order, they can refund the cost of sending it back. I wish I knew this when one of my bedside lamps arrived cracked! The other brilliant idea if you’re in the middle of a renovation or just styling your home is that you can get your items before you pay for them. So, rather than draining your bank account on that couch you ordered that’s not arriving for a while, you can hold onto your money and pay after delivery. Needless to say, I’ll actually leverage the benefits of using PayPal the next time I use it.
Here are some of my tips for styling a guest bathroom, no matter the budget:
When in doubt, go neutral.
A white bathroom is almost never offensive looking, and if you just can’t figure out what to do with a space, consider giving it a minimalist, clean look by simplifying the color scheme. By keeping my canvas white, it let the details, like the lucite and gold hardware, really pop.
Keep the Vanity simple, but the hardware awesome.
Vanities can be super expensive, and that wasn’t in our budget. So, I found an inexpensive, simple vanity, and had it painted a fresh, bright white. I removed the existing hardware and replaced it with these gorgeous lucite and gold drawer pulls. The vanity looks completely different, but it only cost some paint and the hardware.
Have fun with the details.
If you follow my blog, you know I love brass and gold touches, so for the faucets, mirror, and sconces, I turned to my favorite finish to give the space a more modern, glamorous feeling.
Don’t forget the art.
Bare walls seem like missed opportunities to me, but that doesn’t mean they have to be cluttered. I opted for a tonal wall hanging that adds texture more than anything, and a wall of vintage family photos, in simple Framebridge frames. It’s understated, but brings a little bit of personality to the space.
If you want to recreate a similar look in your own guest bathroom, here’s where I sourced my pieces, and links to similar ones when the original isn’t available.
Sconces: I got my original ones from One King’s Lane, these ones are similar:
Vanity: Home Depot
Hardware (faucets, etc): Kohler
Drawer pulls: Lux hold ups
Wall art: Sonadora Studio