How to Impress your Bathroom Guest

Bathrooms can be quite tricky. On the one hand, you want all of your products out on display to be easily accessible, yet on the other hand, that’s not very minimalist of you. When guests come over and need to use your loo, do you want them snooping through all your personals? I highly doubt they want to see it either. So how do we get to that happy medium where our bathrooms have a personal touch but not intimate enough for our guests to leave questioning your toothpaste choice. 

It’s called Balance.

I personally would like to leave the impression of my bathroom being simple, clean, and charming. I have a balance of showcasing who I am without overdoing it. You would see one or two candles, flowers, and maybe a perfume out in my bathroom. 

What are some products you should be left out for your guests? Remember that they might use whatever is out there. So either be generous or put your pill bottles and lipsticks away, missy. 

Here are my recommendations of what you should be placed in your bathroom for your guests to be genuinely impressed. I would say you are more than welcome to put all your products back out when you are done hosting, but if you’re like me, continually hosting, maybe it is a good idea to keep things simple and leave it all as is.

Hand Towels

Hand towels are so essential and yet so overlooked. It is pivotal that your guest feels confident that they can do the things they want to do in the bathroom, like wash their hands, without stressing out about where they should dry their hands. You wouldn’t want one of your guests to have a little panic moment in your own bathroom. Now, if you’re going to go the extra mile and truly impress some folks, you should try looking for monogrammed hand towels. My top two places to search for a personalized set of hand towels would be Esty and Amazon (obviously). The next rule of thumb for hand towels is quality. You’re either choosing for your guest to use your own hand towels, which probably are made of more excellent quality or, you’re opting for the disposable hand towel situation. Totally up to you! Some of my recommendations for guest towels include:

Cotton Hand Towels: Hammam Linen Guest Hand Towels

Tenugui Hand Towels: MIYAMOTO Japanese Traditional Towel 

Luxury Hand Towels: Missoni Home Giacomo Towels

Linen Hand Towels: Sultana Luxury Linen Hand Towel

Turkish Hand Towels: SALBAKOS Premium Turkish Cotton Hotel & Spa Hand Towels

Monogrammed Hand Towels: AINATU Monogrammed Hand Towels

Disposable Hand Towels: Kleenex Hand Towels 


Part of the recipe for a beautiful bathroom is a beautifully smelling bathroom. There are so many unique and different types of fragrance products out there that you can utilize in your space for maximum fulfillment. Candles are a must, especially when a lot of people are over. I tend to light my bathroom up with several small candles and place them in pretty votives for a couple of reasons: 1) to smell nice and 2) to look nice 3) no one needs to be turning off or on any lights as long as it is lit up well enough. Next, we have another must for hosting: potpourri. Some people don’t even know what this is, and it shocks me! If you’re one of these people, guess what, now you know! Potpourri is essentially a mixture of flowers, herbs, and spices typically stored in a jar and are obviously used for scent. Lastly, we have diffusers. Diffusers are the best because they are filled with lovely essential oils and last for a very long time. There are a couple different types of diffusers, but I would suggest using a Reed diffuser for your guest bathroom space. PSA, if you’re thinking ahead, I would also buy some cool matches for those kinds of “special” situations, if you know what I mean… My recommendations for aroma products include:


Budget-Friendly: PF Candle Co, Voluspa, Malin +Goetz

Luxury Candle: Diptyque, Nest, Mad et Len, Jo Malone, Cire Trudon, Le Labo

Decorative Candle: Fornasetti, Boy Smells, Overose, Kiki de Montparnasse, Caia

Emma’s favorite scented candle: Nest Holiday Candle, Mad et Len Terre Noire, Le Labo Palo Santo

Candle Votives: Letine Gold Votive Candle Holders, Volens Round Silver Tealight Candle Holder Set, Nest Casa Petite Votive Set

Reed Diffusers: 

Budget-Friendly: PF Candle Co, Nest, Voluspa 

Luxury Diffusers: Fornasetti, Cire Trudon, Dr. Vranjes Firenze


Budget-Friendly Potpourri: Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn

Luxury Potpourri: Santa Maria Novella Potpourri, Mad et Len, Bastide Scented Crystals

Homemade Potpourri: Etsy

Matches: Diamond Matches, Benevolence Wooden Matches, Skeem Design, Museum Outlets

Wall Décor

I’ll never forget the time I walked into my aunt’s newly renovated home, and all I could think of was how fabulous her wall art was in her guest bathroom. As I was sitting there, I stared at a naked lady in all her glory while doing my business. Besides the fact that my aunt decided to add this intense photograph, she decided to take it to the next level and incorporate a very funky wallpaper. The bathroom remained extremely minimalist despite all of this because she was able to keep her items stored away so that the main focus was the whole art/museum experience. It’s interesting how so many people neglect this facet of the entire bathroom experience. You literally can create a scene in your own bathroom. You can display a quote that intrigues a question, a piece of art that is a cause for conversation, or a thought-provoking wallpaper. Now, you have made your bathroom not only a small art gallery but also a topic of discussion. Here’s some cool inspiration: 

Budget-Friendly Wall Art: Minimal Line Art, Bathroom Rules, Abstract Art, Society 6

Luxury Wall Art: Saatchi Art Gallery, Tappan Collective

Wall Décor: Rattan Arc Wall Shelf, GoodVibesTCO art, Please Seat Yourself sign 

Wallpaper: Tropical Wallpaper, Eye See You Wallpaper, Anthropologie, Happy Wall

Last but not least, 

Storage for the Bathroom

Now listen, I am not expecting everything to be put away in your bathroom because, like many apartment dwellers, there’s just not enough space. However, I have some storage-saving options that may help your bathroom look a bit cleaner and organized. Here are some handy organizational tools: 

Apothecary Jars

Drawer Dividers

Hanging Shower Caddy

Storage Baskets

Linen Baskets

Towel Rack

Simple Cart 

Classic Wall Cabinet

Hair Station

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