Guest Ready: How to Switch from Family to Guest Bathroom in a Flash

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The holiday season might be over and you’re probably settling in for a few quiet guest-free months. With the kids back at school and work in full swing for the new year, it’s tempting to become complacent about the most controversial room in the house: the bathroom.

Let’s face it, keeping the family bathroom in clean, working, functional order is hard at the best of times. But when you’ve got guests coming, it can be a nightmare. You want to put your best foot forward and treat your visitors to a wonderful stay but juggling daily family use can make keeping your bathroom ship-shape very difficult. If 2018 is your year for a bathroom renovation, it’s worth putting some thought into just how you’re going to ensure that the dreaded guest-ready scramble is a thing of the past. Here are some hot tips on making your new bathroom guest ready while also remaining family friendly.

  1. Keep it simple

When it comes to renovating or redecorating, the key is not to overthink things. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t put some serious thought into what you need in a new bathroom, but just make sure you don’t get caught up in the detail. This results in complex plans which don’t end up working out the way you’d hoped. Start with the bare bones of your project, such as what type of shower you need (seamless glass, a over-the-bathtub type of scenario?) and where you’re going to position the toilet and vanity to get the best use of space. Once you’ve got those details sorted, the rest comes more easily.

Guest bathroom

  1. Future-proof your style

It’s tempting to be very edgy when you’ve been watching renovation shows all year but be sure to consider the longevity of your style choices. While it’s easy to replace your towels and accessories, it’s not so simple to re-tile your bathroom when the shine wears off that quirky or bold pattern you chose. Of course, each to their own, and there’s something to be said for a statement bathroom. Just ensure that you’ve thought about how you want your bathroom to age, and how appropriate your style choices are for both your family and your guests.

  1. Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise!

Speaking of towels and accessories, we come to our next point. Styling up your bathroom with a few warm and funky touches is a great way to quickly make over any bathroom for guests. Even if you’re not yet planning a renovation, a simple shakeup of the little details can freshen up a bathroom in an instant. Have the in-laws coming to stay? Grab yourself some plush new towels, an indoor (easy-to-care-for) plant and some toiletries that look as good as they smell.

  1. Update fittings

If you aren’t quite prepared for the renovation you’ve been dreaming of, not to worry! Making some simple changes can have a big impact on your bathroom. For example, installing some new tap fittings can give it a contemporary feel, while a lick of paint can also go a long way. Or go one step further with a new vanity unit and mirror. Updating your bathroom with a ‘mini renovation’ doesn’t mean pulling up the tiling but can be as simple as getting new fittings installed over your already great bare bones. Check out the latest and greatest in Reece’s range of tap fittings for some inspiration (and then be sure to take a look at their 3D Bathroom Planner for some serious renovation inspiration).

Reece tap fittings
Image: Reece Bathrooms
  1. The whole hog

Of course, if your bathroom is seriously overdue for some updating, a full renovation is the way to go. Not only will it mean impressing the in-laws, but it will add value to your home. To ensure that you make the best use of your space and plan a bathroom that’s functional as well as stylish, it’s best to consult the experts. At Intrend Bathrooms, we’ve got years of experience in renovation and interior design. We know what works, what doesn’t, and how to make your bathroom dreams come true. If you truly want to knock the socks off your guests next holiday season, start planning your renovation today.