Reveal! My small but blissful guest bathroom

Hey, I’m continuing with my house tour today. I revealed the Master Bathroom remodel a while back and now it’s time to shine a bit of light on the tiny Guest Bathroom. It’s a small bathroom situated downstairs, next to the kitchen.

It doesn’t get much light, and is usually dark even on the brightest of days. So my goal of the guest bathroom design was to brighten it and turn it into a restful place. But I didn’t want it to be boring. Nor loud. I mean it doesn’t need to be loud to be visually interesting, IMHO. It was a delicate balance and quite the challenge.

First, let’s take a look at what I had to deal with.


guest bathroom - before

It had mosaic in red-yellow tones, beige floor tiles, 1×2′ white wall tiles and the cement encased row of pebbles which I loathe.

The window opens out to a covered yard, which doesn’t provide much sunlight. But better than none, I guess.guest bathroom - before

On the vanity was a bowl sink and granite countertop. Both were still in good condition, so I reused them. guest bathroom - before guest bathroom - before

Related: Jules’ house tour – the master bathroom remodel

The structure and flow of the bathroom stayed the same. I replaced the bathroom tiles and changed out the wooden undersink cabinet, which was falling apart.

I’ve written a post previously on choosing bathroom tiles and how tough it actually is. So many mind boggling options! In that post, I also showed the plans for the guest bathroom design which Charlotte from Feruni Ceramiche plotted out for me. In the end, I chose Option 1 with triangles but changed out the floor tiles for a lighter coloured tile.

Guest bathroom design – AFTER

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

I went with the Cemento 2.0 range from Feruni. I liked that they were not smooth tiles but carried a subtle texture. From the range, I picked 3 different but complementary shades. The walls are a sandy beige, floor a light grey and for accent, we went with black.

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

The triangles were also cut from the same 3 shades of Cemento tiles. We also kept the triangle accent within the shower enclosure. It’s a nice attention grabber when one walks into the bathroom.

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

Like in the master bathroom, I had a wall-mounted steel frame fabricated for the sink and countertop.

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

Although the frame takes up the exact same footprint as the wood cabinet it appears much “lighter” than the cabinet. Here’s a side by side comparison.

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

For a small bathroom, I think it works really well. Unless you have a lot of stuff you rather not see, then closed storage might be better.

Not easy to capture a good shot, but here’s one photo of how it looks overall.

Guest bathroom design: Small but serene

Still needs some faux plants to complete the “bliss” aspect of the bathroom. What else can I do to make it even more spa-like?  Tell me in the comments.

Guest bathroom design sources:

(I live in Malaysia, suppliers are local):

  • Tiles – Feruni Ceramiche
    • Walls – Cemento 2.0 Series (CT01B)
    • Floor – Cemento 2.0 Series (CT03B)
    • Triangles – Cemento 2.0 Series (CT01B, CT03B, CT04B)
  • Concealed shower mixer and shower bar set – Tora (from BigBath)
  • Toilet paper holder – Tora (from BigBath)
  • Hand bidet – Tora (from BigBath)
  • Basin mixer – Tora (from BigBath)
  • Sink – salvaged
  • Metal countertop mount – custom made
  • Granite countertop – salvage
  • Mirror – salvaged

Let me know if you have questions. Happy to answer them.

Next update will be on my kitchen. Till then, happy hacking!

The tiles are gifted by Feruni Ceramiche but opinions are entirely my own.