It’s a small room with a big impact. For homes, the main-floor half-bath, or powder room, is often one of the highest-traffic spaces in the house. For businesses (especially restaurants), the bathroom can determine customer satisfaction, serving as the tipping point between a customer who won’t return and a customer who will recommend to others. Businesses that consider bathroom design to be an expendable overhead cost may be making an expensive mistake. A recent study by Cintas Corp. found that 95% of customers would not return to a restaurant if they had a bad experience with the restroom. The study found that customers use these types of small details as indicators of how the business handles other back-end operations.
That being said, the guest bathroom for homes or businesses is a valuable space to remodel. Because it’s so small, it’s also a less expensive project to take on.
Start with the vanity. You’ll want the space to be style-consistent. It’s a good idea to choose vanity lighting first since this will probably be the brightest and most important light. You can decide which accent/ambient lighting will go best with the vanity later.
Layer the light. Recessed lighting is not recommended as the prime light source because it creates shadows on your face. It’s important to have a few different levels of light; this will also reduce glare.
Use design tricks to enhance the space. To make a room appear larger, try up-lighting the ceiling with over cabinet lights, wall sconces, or cove lighting. This will create the impression of higher ceilings and a more expansive space.
If you already have a high ceiling and you’re looking for a more intimate feel, make sure light sources don’t extend any higher than a regular lamp would. If a room seems too narrow, illuminating one wall with light will also give the illusion of a more open area.
Think dimmers. The general rule for bathrooms is that it’s better to over-light than under-light, and dimmers are essential for creating the exact level of light that you’re looking for. They are perfect for mood lighting and night lighting as well.
Accent with wall color. Consider choosing a dramatic shade of paint for the walls or ceiling to set off the room. Feel comfortable being as creative as you want, it will create a striking impact for the room.