How to Decorate a Guest Bedroom – Ideas and Pictures
A guest bedroom is a great way to make family and friends feel welcome and comfortable when visiting your home.
You can say a lot with the design of a bedroom. Each room is different, and you may want to give a different feel to each one.
However, when it comes to a guest room, you generally want to give a relaxed vibe that puts guests at ease.
This does not mean restricting your creativity and having to be plain and boring. Be bold or subtle in your design decisions. Whatever you go for, we have some expert tips and tricks that will make your guests have the most comfortable and relaxing stay.
We are going to cover the essentials that are often over looked in a guest room, how to make a small guest room seem bigger and the perfect way to combine a home office and guest bedroom.
Keep reading to find out which paint colour could cause your guests to become angry, aggressive and defiant…
How Do I Start to Decorate a Guest Bedroom?
Designing a room is not an easy task, you know.
Before you make any decisions, it is a huge help to just sit down and run a few things past yourself. Get the most important things clear in your mind, such as:
- Budget – Do you have one? How are you going to stick to this budget? Where will most of the budget go, and what are you willing to compromise on?
- Who? – Who is going to be staying in this guest room? Will it be mostly your nieces or nephews? Grandparents? Friends? Or do you need to design a room that needs to be suited for everyone?
- Low Maintenance – Yes, designing a room is a lot of effort and commitment at first. But when its finished, do you want to still be spending most of your time in their cleaning, tidying and maintaining it? Of course not! Try to keep in mind the maintenance that will be required when making design decisions.
- Comfort – Combining style with comfort is sometimes a hard balance to master. Comfort is so important for a guest room, so try to remember this when you get lost in all the patterns and prints.
What are the Essentials for a Guest Bedroom?
When designing a guest bedroom, there are some essentials which are best to start with. Once you have these nailed, the rest of the room will fall into place.
(Not literally, but it will make things easier).
Here is a quick checklist to make sure you’ve got the essentials covered.
- A comfortable bed. Keep reading to find the best bedding for your guest bedroom.
- Entertainment. This doesn’t have to be a TV, try putting some books or magazines on the bed side table.
- Toiletries. Guests don’t always bring their own, so make them feel extra welcome with a nice selection of toiletries.
- Bottles of water. This is a nice little touch which your guests are sure to appreciate.
What Colours Should I Use for My Guest Bedroom?
There are a few ways to tackle your colour scheme:
- Monochromatic: only using one colour but varying the tones, lightness and saturation.
- Complementary: two colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel.
- Analogous: three colours that are adjacent to each other on the colour wheel.
- Triad: three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel.
It is completely down to personal preference as to what colours you choose.
However, there are certain shades that will help create a cosy little nest and make stress disappear.
Colour Affects breaks down the psychological impact colour has on us:
‘Blue is the colour of the mind and is essentially soothing.’ The calming affect can help to clear our minds and increase concentration and focus. It is seen as peaceful, tranquil and secure. So, keep stress at bay with a cool blue hue.
Purple is said to portray luxury, truth, spiritual awareness and authenticity. Although this is seen as a luxurious colour, too much of it can quickly communicate ‘something cheap and nasty’. So, perhaps just use this colour as an accent rather than a main feature.
Grey is said to have no psychological properties. However, a lot of grey in one room can ‘indicate a lack of confidence’. So, be careful when choosing your shade of grey and try not to paint all four walls in this colour.
‘The colour of balance’. Green is a peaceful colour that embodies harmony, balance, rest and reassurance. This is a fantastic option for a guest room as it will put guests at ease by leaving negativity at the door.
This is most likely one to avoid when decorating. It can activate our ‘fight or flight’ instinct. It is stimulating and lively, but can contribute to aggression, defiance and strain.
White is seen as the cleanest colour. Its positive attributes are clarity, purity, sophistication and efficiency. Although, too much stark white can make a room feel cold and unwelcoming. A warmer shade of white in small doses would work in a guest room.
What Bedding is Best for a Guest Room?
For many guests, the bedding is the most important part of their stay.
On average, we spend around a third of our lives in bed.
So, it’s not hard to see why uncomfortable bedding could affect the experience of your visitors stay in a negative way.
Bedding is personal, and everyone has their own preferences when it comes to materials, duvets and pillows. This can make it difficult to choose what bedding goes into your guest room.
However, there are a few general guidelines that you can follow.
Firstly, how much do you spend?
Well, visitors staying in your guest room are usually not staying for too long, so you don’t have to spend as much as you would on your own bedding which you will be sleeping in every single night.
When it comes to duvets, it is best to go for a light weight option that is still warm and cosy, but won’t break the bank.
It is the more luxurious option at the less expensive end of the scale. You can read its full benefits in our Ultimate Duvet Guide.
Pillows can be a little more tricky. Although feather pillows can be luxurious and a favourite for many, some people are allergic to them or just don’t find them comfortable.
Many swear by a moulded foam pillow is the way to go, but again there are some who can’t sleep on these kinds of pillows.
That is why we would recommend the 100% Cotton fabric Microfibre Pillow. It is soft, premium quality, breathable and budget friendly.
The Best Tips for Designing an Office Guest Room or Small Bedroom
When it comes to designing an office guest room or a small bedroom, it is all about saving space. This doesn’t have to limit your creativity.
In fact, your creativity is vital when it comes to designing a small room.
There are so many ways you can deceive space and make it look bigger than it is, but not all of them are obvious.
Here are some secret ways to trick your guests into thinking the space is much bigger than it is:
- A Murphy Bed – Do you remember on TV shows those beds that would flip out of the wall? They are incredibly practical and come in so many different styles, just flip it away and you have so much more floor space.
- Mirrors – Large mirrors do a great job of tricking the mind into thinking the room is bigger than it is.
- Over the bed cabinets – Some may associate these with being outdated and unfashionable, but a quick google search will bring up lots of modern options. Keep your storage off the floor to create more space.
- Light colours – Dark colours on all four walls can make a room seem smaller. Try to keep the majority of the room in light shades.
- Look up – wallpaper the ceiling or put bookshelves high up on the wall to make the room seem taller.