5 things people who have great guest bathrooms always have in them - these ideas will make them feel so welcoming

If you want to give guests a warm welcome, stock up a guest bathroom with these things

a bathroom vanity with towels and soap dispensers
(Image credit: Jacob Snavely. Design: Curated Nest)

When it comes to designing and accessorizing the perfect guest bathroom, it's essential that these spaces are well-stocked, uncluttered, and give off a relaxing vibe. It's important that your guests always feel at home, and home decor and tasteful accessories create a feeling of luxury, taking inspiration from hotel rooms to show that you're a considerate host who pays attention to the most minute details. 

In terms of the non-negotiables, I like a guest bathroom with a considered and layered scentscape. From diffusers to candles, it's a small detail that goes a long way, and scent can make a powerful and potent impact. Fluffy towels are essential, as is investing in well-stocked essentials hampers and baskets that are an easy way to go the extra mile - a home for bathroom bits and pieces so your guest has everything they need at their fingertips. A bath side table or bath tray is a nice touch that helps your guest feel relaxed, and last but not least, containers and decanter bottles used throughout the bathroom bring a uniform aesthetic and create that sense of spa-like luxury.

To help you out, I've done some online shopping to find the most stylish modern bathroom buys available on the market. 

Best scents for the guest bathroom

Best fluffy towels for the guest bathroom

Best essentials hampers for the guest bathroom

Best bath trays for the guest bathroom

Best dispensers for the guest bathroom

How do you design a good guest bathroom?

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Just because your guest bathroom is small, doesn't mean it can't be stylish and make an impact. Just get clever with your design. 'For stylish small bathrooms, keep the color palette simple,' says Bethany Adams of Bethany Adams Interiors. 

'One neutral and one color are plenty, especially when the color is used sparingly. I like to dress a bathroom up with non-bathroom accouterments, like actual drapery instead of shower curtains, a chic side chair to hold towels or wine while you bathe, and a bright green plant.'

Think with comfort and relaxation at the forefront. Guest bathrooms are tricky because you don't want your personal style and taste to be overwhelming when they aren't for you - they're for guests. Keep things simple and elegant and don't pick anything too overwhelming. For a calming aesthetic, don't be afraid of using wood (just make sure it's been properly treated, and use calming and layered bathroom lighting

Finally, bathroom storage is important. These rooms are typically small by design, so you want to make the most of the room you do have. Pick items that double up, like a mirror that also opens up to reveal shelving, or incorporate shower niches where you can store shampoos and conditioners. 

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at Livingetc.com and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.