Overwhelmed with your in-laws coming to stay for a few weeks? Breathe and stay calm with these guest bedroom ideas. Keep them comfortable and cozy in the guest room by renovating your extra room. First and foremost, clean and declutter the area, if not done already. This is a basic tool but at the same time it is the most important. Unexpected guests may tell you the week before that they are coming to stay. Gather some storage bins and get rid of any junk laying around. Clean your pillows, bedding, and any extra blankets to perfection. Scrubbing the side table and walls will help the room glisten that much more. Keeping most personal items out of the room is essential; this will give your guests a clean and fresh stay with open space.
Keep It Cozy
A soft rug to put your feet down on in the morning and a mirror to get your hair under control before heading out for breakfast. A full-length mirror is ideal, but at the very least, a smaller wall-hung mirror will make your guests feel at ease before they venture out of the room.
Choose Your Own Adventure: Bed or Sofa Bed
This one depends on how much space you have in your home. If you have a larger house with ample rooms, you’re likely to have a dedicated room for guests with a bed. But smaller homes might have a guest bedroom that doubles as a study, ironing room, or any other number of other purposes.
Even the Smallest Rooms Need a Bedside
When decorating the guest bedroom, opt for a lightweight round side table beside the sofa bed. The room isn’t big enough for a dedicated bedside either side, but include a small round table.This is because guests will want somewhere to pop their things when the sofa bed is folded out. Even if it’s not directly bedside the ‘head’ of the bed. A light table means they can move it where they want it and have plenty of room to pop their phone, water bottle, glasses etc when they go to sleep.
Pay Attention to the Nightstand
The lighting in a bedroom can make or break the ambient feeling you want to create. By layering lighting, you can create greater depth and a coziness to your guest bedroom.
- Wall sconces: Select an appropriate style to instal above each end of a dresser to frame a mirror.
- Mini-chandeliers or pendant lighting: Depending on the overall style, you can use either a mini-crystal chandelier or pendant light above each night stand.
- Table lamps: A table lamp on each night stand can be used instead of suspended lighting. For a cozier feel, opt for a gold, tan, or colored lamp shade.
- Overhead lighting: Select either a chandelier style or flush ceiling style light fixture.
- Recessed lighting: Another great layer of lighting includes recessed pot lights placed on a dimmer switch. Locate these along the parameter of the bedroom.
- Candlestick lamps: This style of lamp can be used on a dresser or console table.
- Floor lamps: Use a torchiere to reflect light onto the ceiling for a special subtle lighting. Direct lighting floor lamps can be used if you have a seating area in the room.
- Reading lamps: Add a small adjustable reading lamp by each side of the bed.
Give Them Storage Space, Provide Plenty of Storage
Storage space is always appreciated when you're staying at someone's house, so try to empty the closets and drawer dressers, or add a folding luggage rack to make it easier for guests to unpack.
Introduce a Sitting Area
Give guests a little seating area so they have somewhere private to unwind that isn’t just the bed. A simple reading nook will do, but if there’s enough room, add a bench for your guest to rest their legs on and give them a spot to store their luggage.
Mix Old and New
Create a transitional mix of old and new furniture. This guest bedroom decor idea is your opportunity to save some money, so, don’t be afraid to steal decor from other rooms in the house or re-use your grandmother’s antique bed! A subtle mix of vintage and modern furniture will make your guest bedroom feel warm and lived in, rather than feeling cold and uninviting. Using an antique bed or Oushak rug is a great way to create that eclectic mix.
Create an Accent Wall
Don’t be afraid to add a fun statement wall. This guest bedroom decor idea is a must in our books! After all, a guest bedroom is meant to inspire your guests, so have fun with it! Whether you go bold with paint, funky with wallpaper, or organic with texture, an accent wall is an easy way to add interest to a space without making it feel overwhelming.
Design the Room Around the Bed
A bed or headboard can become the main focal point of a lovely guest bedroom. And just because you don’t lay your head to rest in there every night, doesn’t mean the bed should not be up to par design and comfort wise. Opt for a statement headboard or bed — choose a fun fabric, a unique frame design, or a simply a neutral fabric with a slight texture to give it an edge. After all, this is your opportunity for you to set the tone for the overall style and feel for the room you are decorating.
Use Contrast Shades and Layers
Add contrast colours to the walls to create a sense of depth, like in this bedroom that effectively combines black and white. Rather than straight lines, use layers with shelves at different levels or even collage photographs or artworks on the wall to trick the eyes into seeing height and depth.
‘Less is more’ when it comes to creating the illusion of space. Notice how the no-frills approach in this small bedroom gives it a spacious feel with the only furniture in the room being a bed, a side table and a tall cabinet in the corner. Roll up blinds instead of pleated curtains complete the look.