The guest loo is usually the smallest room in the home, and, as such, it’s the perfect place for indulging in a palette of daring colour and design. To make your guests feel comfortable and cared for, spoil them with luxury, cleanliness and an ample stock of hygiene essentials.

Luxury

It’s easier in a small space, in terms of budget, to splurge on luxuries such as:

• Deluxe hand wash and hand cream: If dispensing, use containers that are not transparent, as it cheapens the look of the guest toilet to see that a product has been used.
• Thick, freshly laundered towels: Small hand towels rolled up and stacked on a tray, with a bin for used towels, are more hygienic than a standard communal towel on a rack.
• A rug: A lovingly worn Persian rug looks attractive, and does well to add warmth, texture and interest.
• A stylish vanity: A Victorian or Edwardian vanity with a beautiful marble top provides both luxury and character to an otherwise sleek and utilitarian space.
• Art: Artwork is not wasted in a toilet! Fab art is totally unexpected, so it offers a fun surprise and entertainment.

Drama

Guest toilets, being small and intimate, can accommodate a daring palette. To achieve drama, introduce some of these elements:

• Dark colours: Black bathrooms with marble vanities and extensive mirroring produce a dramatic effect.
• Busy wallpaper: Intricately patterned wallpapers, such as a busy toile, reduce the risk of repetitive design boredom.
• Lights: An overscale pendant light fixture makes the space feel decorated, and more like a room in the house than just a utilitarian space.

Simplicity

Simplicity in design achieves a calm and clean effect. For this look, think about:

• A wall-mounted toilet and sink: These are clean and bright, and save on space.
• A wall-mounted organiser: It keeps items neat and off the floor, and does away with a mess of baskets and magazine racks, to achieve a look of uncluttered cohesion.
• Wall-to-wall shelves behind the toilet: These can contain all of the essentials and make the room look decorated. Think toilet paper and hand towels piled into wire baskets, clustered with a vase, candles and small artwork. Reclaimed wood shelves add texture and look great.

Functionality

Without functionality, all of the niceties of luxury, drama and clever design fall flat. Must-haves in a guest loo include a supply of toilet paper, tissues, hand towels, hand wash and cream, window coverings for privacy, a mirror and good lighting.