Creating a homey refuge out of your bedroom is a simple task – when you’re designing for yourself. You know what your favorite colors to be surrounded by are, what books you prefer, and what you want to fill the walls with to capture and entertain your eye as you drift off to sleep. Designing a welcoming guest bedroom, however, can be an exercise in confusion. The room needs to be welcoming and comfortable to any of the unique individuals who may stay there, and designing with others in mind can be challenging at best. Keeping the end goal in mind, a comfortable relaxing retreat for your loved ones, is the first step toward crafting the perfect guest room.
The second step is dressing the bed. The bed is the place your guest will spend most of their time when they’re in their room, so it needs to be inviting. You can find bed covers in an infinite array of colors and patterns and fabric qualities so make sure whatever your personal style, you keep an eye out for a set with a high thread count made with natural fibers. A good 100% cotton sheet set with a comforter or duvet is a good start, but you can really up the cozy factor by folding an extra plush blanket on the foot of the bed and tossing a couple fluffy pillows on top. Your guest can choose whether or not to use the extra warmth and padding provided, but having them available is both a thoughtful move and a great styling decision.
After making sure the bed is as comfortable as it can possibly be, turn your eye to the space’s walls. The guest room, as it must cater to a great variety of occupants, doesn’t have to be immaculately styled, but artwork or photos can really make the difference between ‘spare room’ and ‘guest suite.’ Go for large-scale designs that take up maximum wall real estate, with imagery that is neutral and comforting. Landscapes, floral prints, even modern abstract designs are all great options that lend themselves well to larger than life canvases. The room will also need curtains, preferably two sets for each window; a gauzy sheer set that filters the light during the day time, and a decorative set of panels that black out the light at night. Even rooms with small windows can feel open and airy if you hang the curtains high and wide, so don’t be afraid to paint with broad strokes when crafting your room masterpiece.
Lastly, you’ll need to fill the room. A bed and some wall-fillers do not a finished room make, so the final touches on your guest room need to be of the small furniture and nick-knack variety. A long, low bureau is an elegant solution that provides a flat space for guests to rest their luggage and storage for longer-term guests who may wish to unpack. Bedside lighting for night owls and nighttime readers, and a clock with an alarm feature for guests on a time crunch are both great items to place on a bedside stand, and that plush blanket you folded on the foot of the bed serves a secondary purpose; a place to leave a tastefully arranged bowl filled with any toiletry a guest may have forgotten.
Designing a guest room doesn’t have to be a futile endeavor, it just requires a more generalized touch and an eye for homey touches to create the perfect space for any visitor.
Author Bio: Paige Jirsa– I work with Top10.Today, a shopping comparison site, where we strive to help consumers find the best quality and priced products.