Guest baths

Funny enough one of the most requested topics I’ve received for blog topics is around designing and decorating guest bathrooms. Often not the star of the show when prioritizing home projects but to me it’s actually one of the most important because it helps to create the most hospitable experience for the guests you love and welcome into your home.

I typically like to focus on interesting tile. Something that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and also feels great on bare feet! When we were designing the guest bath in our home, we wanted it to feel as though you were on a mini vacay to a spa. If you’re making the time to stay with us, shouldn’t it feel like a bit of a luxurious getaway?

Grey tight-knit herringbone tile.

Grey tight-knit herringbone tile.

We chose a soft heather gray stone tile for the flooring with a white grout. It was neutral enough but drew your eye in and created interest with the classic herringbone pattern. It almost looks like a tight-knit rug which I loved.

It was a bit of investment but after 3.5 years, it still looks just as beautiful because it’s extremely durable!

Because light gray stone can come across as a cooler tone, it was important to make sure that natural light reflected into the room and to blend in a deeper contrast with dark countertops to create some warmth. We chose a dark gray quartz which was affordable and again, very durable. The square vessel Kohler sinks were also a bit of a splurge but they really help to add that spa-like quality for our guests.

Guest bath. Photography by Chelsea Davis.

Guest bath. Photography by Chelsea Davis.

Never overlook the finishing touches, they are often the most important. Think about the little things like where towels will be hung. Where are the practical spots that make the most sense and “do I have enough hanging hooks?”. I finished our guest bath off with a natural teak stool that could easily be brought into the shower. Most of the time it shelves my jade plant (super easy plant to care for by the way!). Plants love baths because of the moisture and especially when there is lots of indirect natural sunlight. Towels and fine soaps are the final touch. I really love the bath towels from Parachute Home. They are the softest and feel so luxurious for the price.