The holiday season is officially upon us! It’s also a season of dropping temperatures and early sunsets, which is why cultivating a warm, welcoming atmosphere in your home is a must if you want to provide your guests with a cozy sanctuary from the cold. Here are five last minute touch-ups you can make to guarantee your bathrooms are guest-ready.
Bathroom Touch-up #1: Balance Lighting
A bathroom that’s too dark feels gloomy and somber, but a bathroom that’s too bright is an obnoxious vibe-killer. To find that sweet spot of ambiance, choose warm white bulbs with a color temperature of 2700-3000K and a color rendering index (CRI) of at least 80. The gentle light produced by these bulbs is similar to natural sunlight, making it easy on guests’ eyes. You should also consider how you layer different areas with task, accent, decorative, and indirect lighting, which you can read more about here.
Bathroom Touch-up #2: Tidy the Toilet
Don’t put your guests in an awkward situation by letting them use a toilet that has the potential to act up. Make sure the flapper, flush valve, and chain are in good condition, with no cracks or signs of deterioration. If your toilet has a manageable quirk that you can’t fix before your guests arrive, it’s good form to leave a note to let them know, “Please hold down handle for 5 seconds when flushing.” Or, if you’re a few weeks out from hosting and want to avoid any potential for trouble, consider upgrading to an eco-friendly, dual-flush toilet that uses up to 20% less water.
Bathroom Touch-up #3: Freshen Up the Shower
If you’re going to have overnight guests (expected or not), it’s a good idea to make sure your shower area isn’t a total pigsty. If you spot any mildew on the grout, mix a solution of one-part chlorine bleach and two parts water, then put on rubber gloves and rub the solution into the mildewed grout with a sponge. Then, use a sponge or plastic mesh scrubber and your preferred shower cleaning agent to wipe down every section of the walls and floor. Note: Never use chemical cleaners on natural stone surfaces. Instead, use a low pH dish washing detergent.
Bathroom Touch-up #4: Declutter the Mess
Spending time in a messy bathroom is a total drag, an experience that no proper host would ever put his guests through. Here are some tips for straightening up:
- Use a tray organizer to tidy your vanity drawers
- Throw out all the almost-empty bottles of shampoo and conditioner
- Store away anything your guests likely won’t use (blow dryer, face masks, etc.)
- Remove excessive décor (bowls of stale potpourri or candles that no longer light)
- Need extra storage space? Install a few easy-hang hooks on the back of the door for robes and extra towels
Bathroom Touch-up #5: Provide Creature Comforts
Having a tidy bathroom doesn’t mean it has to be devoid of character or necessities. Refill the soap dispensers, put extra toilet paper rolls in a visible spot, and leave fresh towels on the rack. If you’re anticipating overnight guests, give them a little hotel treatment by stocking a basket with mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a razor and shaving cream. Put some finishing touches on the environment with a stick of incense and leave out a small bowl of mints for a post-meal refresher.
Interested in making some bathroom upgrades before you host for the holidays? Our entire process takes you from design to done in as little as one week, so it’s not too late to better your bathroom before the big day! Schedule a free in-home consultation to speak with one of our Design Consultants about installing a new bathroom before the guests arrive.