Guest rooms can be some of the most overlooked spaces in the home, but they’re essential. Nearly two years into the pandemic, many of us are looking forward to having friends and family stay with us for the first time in a long time. So, it’s essential to make guests feel as welcome as possible by giving them well-designed spaces to sleep and relax. Whether you are giving your guest room a minor refresh or doing more intensive renovations, here are eight tips to keep in mind.
Make The Bed Look Like It Belongs In A Five Star Hotel
If you’re decorating a guest room, the bed should be a major focal point. Need some inspiration? Think of a five-star hotel and go all out. Start with high thread count sheets and then add a fluffy comforter or duvet. Fold a blanket on the top or foot of the bed. Don’t forget to add throw pillows, as seen here in this jaw-dropping traditional estate in Los Angeles.
Install Pendant Lighting
Lighting is a great way to accessorize a bedroom. So, why not go with a statement light such as a pendant as seen in this chic townhouse in Avon, Colorado? These pendant lights add a contemporary touch to this already stylish bedroom. Better yet, because there are no lamps on the nightstands, it creates a less cluttered atmosphere in the room.
Create A Sitting Area
Creating a sitting area in a guest room elevates the experience of staying at someone’s home. It gives guests a place to relax or catch up on email. Sitting areas don’t have to be anything grand. A simple couch and table can be enough, as seen in the guest room in this sun-drenched Santa Barbara home. If the space is larger, you may want to use two chairs or a love seat instead.
Install A Window Seat
If you’re renovating your guest room, installing a window seat can be a beautiful addition that can potentially add value to a property. The guest room in this fabulous home in Santa Monica is an excellent example of this, and it’s truly a treat in this light-flooded space. Window seats are an ideal spot for guests to enjoy a view or simply to sit and read.
Add A Rug
No bedroom is complete without a rug, especially a guest room. They not only make the space more comfortable, especially if you have wood flooring, but they add color and texture. We see this in the guest room at this stunning home in the Hollywood Hills.
If you’re not super into color, opting for a highly textured rug can also work. Consider going with a sheepskin or faux sheepskin rug, bordered jute, or perhaps even a knit rug.
Wallpaper has been a significant trend in recent years. Fortunately, it is not going away any time soon. Guest rooms are an ideal place to experiment with wallpaper, and you can get creative with different types of wallcovering and take design risks.
The guest room in this Bel Air home on Perugia Way is a perfect example of this. The entire estate is boldly designed, and the guest room is no exception. The pink tree print wallpaper gives the space a European, traditional flair that compliments the rest of the furniture and accessory choices.
Don’t Forget That Two Beds Can Be Better Than One
If your guest room is being used for young children, teenagers or if the home is being rented out as a vacation property, you may want to consider adding two twin or full-sized beds (depending on the size of the room) instead of just having one large bed. It’s a far more practical choice, as seen in this stunning ranch in Goleta, California. It’s also more fun for the kiddos.
Add Some Plants
Bring the outside in and consider putting a large potted plant in the corner of the room, as seen in the guest room at this La Tour condominium in Los Angeles. You can also put some greenery on a window sill or keep trendy plants such as succulents on a nightstand.