You need 8 items in a guest bedroom to make your space inviting regardless if your is staying over for a night or two or even for a week. Perhaps one of your kids is off to university and you’ve decided to create a guest bedroom that you’re using a bedroom of one of your kids who is off to university. Or perhaps you are making over the room that has been full of junk and not useful. Whatever the reason, you want to create a guest bedroom that your guests will love, enjoy and feel they’re at a retreat!
Paint | Accent wall
The #1 best renovation you can do in a home or a room, for a small cash outlay is to paint it. Painting your guest bedroom a warm an inviting color creates an inviting mood. Adding an accent wall is a quick and inexpensive way to create a focal point in the room. Board and batten accent walls are very popular, relatively inexpensive for the impact it has on the room, and are easy to do even if you don’t have a ton of experience with board and batten.
The accent wall in a bedroom is ALWAYS the wall in which the head of the bed is pushed against. It automatically becomes your accent wall.
There is currently a trend in dark green accents walls, but accent walls can come in any colors. The color of the accent wall should complement the furniture & accessories in the room.
Queen size bed with an upholstered headboard
There is something about an upholstered headboard. It just finished the look and makes the bed complete. If you have the room in your guest bedroom, a queen size bed is always a nice option for your guests to have a hotel like experience.
Photo: Style It Pretty
Rugs give a cozy and welcome vibe
A rug in your guest bedroom always gives a cozy and warm vibe to the room. You can have a rug that is neutral and blends into the existing colors, or your rug can make a statement by being vibrant.
Photo: The Brain and the Brawn
Bedside Tables + Lamps
Adding bedside tables and lamps completes a room. The bedsides tables don’t have to be matchy matchy, but they should compliment one another with their design style and color as we see in the two examples below from Studio McGee Shop.
Photo: Studio McGee
These two bedside tables, pictured above and below, from Studio McGee’s shop, gives off two different vibes in the room. The picture above’s style is a bit more traditional with a twist featuring a rattan bottom shelf, whereas the one below has a cottage | farmhouse vibe. Different styles but both are great looks and appropriate for their rooms.
Photo: Studio McGee
Create a Seating Area
If you have room in your guest bedroom, creating a seating area is always a nice option for your guest so they don’t have to sit on the bed. A seating area can range from two accent chairs with a table, or a single chair if that’s the room you have. Have fun with your seating a choose a color that complements the room and also adds a pop of color. Or add a fun chair with texture like the rattan chair pictured below.
Photo: Studio McGee Shop
Photo: Debi Collinson Designs
The rattan chair above, big picture, plant and a separate table for books & stuff, is a great way to add a reading nook even in this small corner of the bedroom.
Use Lots of Textiles for bedding + a throw
One common thread that you see in guest bedrooms is beautiful bedding with lots of texture, pillows and a chunky throw.
This room above is stunning decorated in neutral colors with lots of textures, pillows and a bulky throw. Stunning bedding and a throw pictured above, creates a warm and inviting environment immediate when your guests walk into the room.
Add Storage and/or a bench for suitcases
Sometimes guests that stay over for a night or two, don’t always unpack their suitcase. Short-term guests tend to live out of the suitcase so adding a bench where they can easily access their suitcase would be helpful.
Create a Combo Guest Bedroom | Office
A combination guest bedroom & office is a great option for your spare room if you have the space to make it a duo functional room. This way your room will get more use and you’ll have room for an office as well.
Photo: The Brain and the Brawn
Photo: Décor Refresh
If you don’t have room for a separate desk area, adding a small desk instead of a bedside table like the photo in Décor Refresh is a great idea to make your guests happy.
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