The grossest thing about our original house was that our children's bathroom was also the guest bathroom. While I know that works for many people, it did not work for me. The bathroom constantly had toothpaste in the sink, toilet paper shreds on the floor, and pee on the toilet seat. Before people would go in there I would rush ahead of them and at least wipe everything down with a clorox wipe. I was grossed out.
So with the new house I knew I wanted a guest bath that was exclusively that. A room for guests to use that my children (particularly the boys) would not use. Since it's a unique space I have also played around with the idea of a bold wallpaper or something else fun on the walls. Mr. Hedin hates the idea of wallpaper pretty much anywhere. I think there's some post traumatic stress from removing early '90's wall paper in a past house.
The architect has called out tiled walls which will look so cool and Mr. Hedin will agree to tile way faster than wallpaper. Go figure. I found a beige-y brown color that I love - it has a hint of green in it too - to use for the tile on the walls. It's such a pretty color with the brass accents that I ADORE.
There's a chance I'll still put a little wall paper on the wall that isn't covered in tile... but don't tell Mr. Hedin.
The old "guest bath" had loads of problems.
1. It was also the children's bathroom which could be gross at times.
2. The old space was pink + green yet had been renovated at some point with a cheap vanity. The old toilet was still there and was an off color yellow. When we put a new toilet seat on it, the whole thing looked even worse.
The new guest bath will be where the master bath used to be and we're turning the original bath that the kids use into a jack-and-jill with no access from the hall. This will eliminate (hopefully) my need to run ahead of people and clean before they go to the bathroom. The new space will create a spot for guests and will be so much nicer than the original bathrooms.