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10 ideas to get your downstairs bathroom guest-ready

Bathroom with green painted walls and gold fixtures via Unsplash

WordsMegan Lambert


Usually the smallest room in the house, there’s no reason that the bijou size of the downstairs bathroom should dictate its style. Often reserved for guests or the occasional, ahem, quick dash, the downstairs bathroom gets less footfall and wear and tear than the rest of the home. These things considered, you can afford to be a little more avant-garde with your decor down here. So, if you’re planning on hosting a drinks or dinner party in the near future, take a look at these 10 ideas to get your downstairs loo guest-ready. 

Downstairs bathroom idea: a fresh lick of paint

If even in the downstairs loo wallpaper’s not your thing then you can always transform yours with a fresh lick of paint. Again, you don’t need to consider light and room orientation in the way that you usually would: you can assume it will be small with little natural light. This almost gives you carte blanche when it comes to choosing your bathroom paint color. Join the black bathroom decor trend to lean into the small, dark cosiness of the downstairs bathroom or take a look at these modern small bathroom paint ideas for some up to date inspiration.

Downstairs bathroom idea: upcycle bathroom cabinets

If you don’t want to think about wallpapering or repainting the whole room, simply upcycling bathroom cabinets or shelving using leftover paint is not only an excellent and budget-friendly way to get your guest bathroom guest-ready, but it’s also a great way to use up leftover paint and create a cohesive color scheme throughout your home.

Downstairs bathroom idea: wallpaper 

Wallpaper is a really popular option in the downstairs bathroom. Unlike other rooms, you won’t be spending too much time in here, so you don’t need to think about the color psychology behind your color choices too much. Just go bold! Take a look at our range of bathroom wallpaper for some inspiration or to make your life even easier, our range of self-adhesive wallpaper. In fact, you’ll probably only need one roll to get the job done making wallpapering your downstairs bathroom a cost-effective option that makes a huge impact.

Downstairs bathroom idea: matching towels

Matching, colorful or towels in keeping with your decor can work wonders in place of paint to tie together a look in your downstairs bathroom. It doesn’t feel very welcoming to dry your hands on mix-and-match towels that look as though they’ve seen better days. If those sound like yours, treat yourself and your guests to a brand new pair.