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Guest Bathroom Renovation: The Design Plan

If you've been following along on Instagram, you know we're in the midst of a major renovation - in my personal home! The kitchen is well underway and things are shaping up quickly. You can view the full kitchen design plan here, including links to sources and all the inspiration pics. Now that the kitchen is wrapping up, I'm excited to share the design plan for the guest bathroom.

The design plan for the guest bathroom is all about layering timeless neutrals, but in an exciting way. For this space, the inspiration really came from this amazing tile by Jeffrey Court. The black and white marble mosaic pattern feels totally timeless, like something you'd find in a Paris apartment. To make it a bit more modern, I'm going with an unexpected green paint color for the vanity. I love the layered depth this will bring, while still feeling fresh and bright.


Because this guest bathroom is on the smaller side, we were really able to highlight materials I wouldn't normally use in larger areas like a kitchen. For example, we're going with a black honed granite countertop for the custom vanity, which will wrap up the wall for a scallop backsplash detail.

To continue to add warmth to the space, I'm mixing warm and cool tones with my favorite metallic pairing: antique brass and polished nickel. I really wanted clean lines in unexpected shapes in this bathroom. Between the custom backsplash detailing and the exaggerated arch mirror, this small guest bath will feel anything but expected. It's a far cry from its track home roots.

Finally, we're keeping things simple and classic in the shower. We're keeping the bath tub in this space, so I sourced this classic shower curtain from Restoration Hardware. I love that it brings in a touch of the black detailing to coordinate with the floor tile, it really feels like a hotel bath!

A few things to keep in mind when planning a small bathroom. renovation:

  1. It's an enclosed space, so get creative: I love that we're going bold with the black and white mosaic tile in here. If you stick with a similar color palette to what you use throughout the rest of your home, you can get away with a bolder pattern.

  2. Your money goes farther: Most guest or powder rooms have a much smaller footprint than the primary or jack-and-jill baths in your home, so your money will stretch much farther. Invest in quality finishes like your countertop and floor tile for a higher-end feel without breaking the bank. This is also a great place to play with wallpaper for the same reasons!

  3. Invest in the things your touch everyday: I tell my clients this at the beginning of every project, but it especially applies in a guest bath. Spend your money on things like the sink plumbing fixtures that you'll use most often and save on the areas that will hardly get used (like the shower). In our home, this guest bath gets used frequently as a powder bath, but only has overnight guests a few times a year.

  4. Plan ahead: Most builder grade track homes will have on single light source above the mirror. Having an electrician hardware for two sconces is a small investment that will totally transform the space. Just make sure to let your contractors know ahead of time, as it will take some drywall patching before they can paint.

If you're looking for more bathroom inspiration, make sure to check out a few of my favorites here, here and here. You can also always follow along behind-the-scenes in my Stories here as we wrap up this project.


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