Guest Bathroom Before & After

Ok, can we talk about bathroom goals? All three of the bathrooms in my house are fairly small, but the basement guest bath is the biggest and brightest of them all. With a little facelift, it has quickly become our favorite bathroom child. Anel walked in and said, “Is this really our house? It looks so nice!”

It lives directly across the hall from our amazingly colorful and tropical guest room. It ties in the palm-leaf theme with a set of three tropical prints that we split up behind the toilet and next to the mirror. Although the two rooms are not matchy matchy, they flow together perfectly. And, oddly, while I’m obsessed with how the guest room turned out, I think I like the bath even better.

Like the guest room process, Prudence suggested this gorgeous trellis wallpaper first and we designed around that. I really wanted the space to feel bright, cheerful, fun, but not childish. We nailed it!

The light fixture above the mirror has been the product that I’ve been asked about the most, and I get it. It’s simple yet cool and really elevates any space. Plus it’s a great price point (and back in stock). What’s funny is that the electrician put it on upside down and I didn’t notice until the next day. I ended up liking it better like this, but we’re going to test it out both ways. You can see what it is supposed to look like here.

The other thing we did that made a big difference (you might not be able to tell from photos) is to clean up and repaint the wainscotting. We repainted all of our wainscotting upstairs with Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White and did the same here. It’s a really beautiful bright white that doesn’t feel too stark or sterile.

The only little mistake we made was the faucet which is too shiny (IMO) for the rest of the brass fixtures surrounding it. I don’t mind mixing metals and finishes, but the color ended up being slightly off so it doesn’t work as well this time. I’m on the hunt for a perfect match and will report back when I find it.

It was a pretty bland room before, scroll through for a bunch of before and after photos and all of the product details below. I hope you enjoy this little tour of the room!

Trellis wallpaper c/o (on sale)
Towels set (50% off)
Towel bar c/o
Tropical leaves art
Brass light fixture c/o
Accent mirror c/o
Roman shade
Shower curtain (50% off)
Hand towel ring
Toilet paper holder
Drawer pull
Cabinet knobs
Brass faucet (on sale)

Thank you to Joss & Main for gifting us some of the product for the room! This was not a paid post but items were gifted to us in exchange for Instagram coverage. Anything gifted is marked with c/o in the list above. Styling by Prudence Home and Design. Photos by Julia Dags.


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  1. Brigid said:

    What a fun bathroom! The great thing about that type of sconce is it can go either way! It doesn’t look like you have the height to flip it the other way (without relocating the box and cutting into your beautiful paper!), but maybe the photos are deceiving. I personally like it facing down 🙂

    RH and Rejuvenation have some nice “aged” brass faucets. We typically use unlacquered for brass faucets for our clients, but they can be quite pricey. It looks like an aged brass would work well with the other brass fixtures in the room though. Such a fun change!

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    • Julia said:

      I think it would fit the other way but now I like it like this so I’m going to leave it for now anyway. The Rejuvenation faucets are beautiful but they don’t fit the size I’m looking for sadly. Any other ideas for a smaller faucet?

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      • Brigid said:

        UGH, I wasn’t thinking about it being a centerset faucet. Why do they make such limited options for that type of faucet?! Moen makes this one in a “brushed gold” that may be a closer match than the polished brass? Definitely more modern, but they don’t seem to make a ton in that same finish.

        I think Delta’s “champagne bronze” finish is too dull for the rest of the fixtures and would stick out. Another option since your sconce has both brass and black in it would be to do a black faucet. Or you also have chrome on the shower rod and toilet trip lever, so you could always go back to chrome…

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        • Julia said:

          The Moen one looks about right actually! I might try it. Although I kind of love the idea of a black faucet. My designer Prudence said the same thing. Could be different and cool.

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  2. Audrey said:

    I do agree the bathroom facelift is an improvement and is much cheerier but in the spirit of full transparency, it would be helpful if you brightened/lightened your “before” photos similar to the treatment given your “after” photos (or tone down the brightening on the afters….just make it a truer comparison which I don’t feel like I get from what you shared).

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    • Julia said:

      Fair enough! I took the before photos on my iPhone and then my photographer took the afters but next time I can have her take the before ones too. Good point!

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  3. Madison said:

    Do you remember how many rolls of wallpaper you had to buy to cover that space?

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    • Julia said:

      I got two but we only ended up needing one of them!

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  4. Katie said:

    Hi! I noticed you didn’t change your floor tiles, but I love them and wondered if you know where they are from? Thanks – the room looks great!

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    • Julia said:

      They were here when we moved in so I’m not sure, so sorry!

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  5. Kelly said:

    Love everything about this space!

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    • Julia said:

      Me too 🙂

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  6. Kristen said:

    Looks fantastic! A suggestion on the faucet — Kohler’s “Brushed Gold” finish is fantastic. I have their Purist faucet in Brushed Gold in my bathroom and it goes very nicely with brass/gold mirrors from West Elm and brass sconces from Restoriation Hardware. An easy faucet color to mix with other brasses! xx

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    • Julia said:

      I’ll check it out, thank you!!!

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