One of the best things about owning your own home is sharing it with the people you love most. From family and friends to neighbors and guests, creating a place that you consider your sanctuary to host in is a beautiful thing.
Are you one who loves to have guests over? Or maybe you’re just in the perfect location for your house to be unofficially deemed the home of the holidays. Whether you consider yourself the hostess with the mostest or like to keep it more low-key while guests visit, having an intentionally curated space in your home for guests is essential, any time of year.
No matter how you decide to decorate your spare or guest, bedroom make sure that it’s clean, comfortable, and uncluttered. The space should exude warmth for a welcoming vibe while being a place of relaxation to lay your head after a long day of travel and connection.
Here are my top tips for designing a beautiful guest bedroom.
1. Pick a theme.
Often, people believe that a guest room is a free-for-all space when it comes to shedding some design inspiration. Although this is true, to some extent, the theme of your guest space should match the aesthetic of the rest of your home. It should be a complimentary room to the main living spaces and not stick out like a sore thumb. A mismatch can cause it to feel too isolated or unwelcoming.
Picking a theme is a great idea, but make sure it aligns with your full home’s design goals. Great options for themed guest rooms include natural, farmhouse, modern, hotel-chic. Whatever theme you decide on, make sure that each piece of furniture and accessories works within your theme effortlessly.
2. Keep it cozy.
Coziness is the name of the game when it comes to designing a guest room. For your guests, whether they’re traveling from across the country or across the city, a guest room acts as an oasis space, allowing them to relax and unwind in comfort.
Include cozy items like oversized pillows, plush blankets, and soft throw rugs. Consider going a step further by adding deluxe bathrobes and extra large towels. If possible, make the thermostat in the guest room a separate entity from the rest of your home so that your guests can choose their most comfortable setting. Finally, don’t forget staple comfort items such as books, a television, or ample lighting.
3. Take advantage of natural accents in the room.
Many New England homes are filled with old-world charm. From natural hardwood floors to vintage fireplaces, there is a lot of beauty to be found in natural home elements. If your guest room is graced with a piece of history, don’t be afraid to show it off. Place your furnishings around the accent pieces to showcase them. Decorate mantels and shine hardwood floors. Add an oversized pillow to a bay window bench seat to instantly transform it into a reading nook. All of these small elements make the room feel personalized and worldly.
4. Keep the clutter out.
Don’t ever treat your guest room like a storage closet. Do your best to keep clutter out at all costs, even in the guest closet. Consider this an active living space and use it as a study or relaxation room when guests are not visiting. This will allow you to recognize it as a living space instead of a storage bin. Before guests arrive, clean up any clutter throughout the area to ensure they walk into a freshly cleaned room.
5. Don’t skimp on furniture.
Don’t leave your guest room feeling extra sparse if you have the extra space. Lack of furniture can lead to a lack of feeling cozy and comfortable. Instead, consider adding intentional elements in the space, like a desk, small dresser, and corner reading chair to make it functional without feeling cluttered.
6. Update for each season.
When decorating for the season throughout your home, don’t forget the guest room. Decorate with fresh flowers in a vase in spring. Brighten up the space with light linens in the summer. Add a bit of fall warmth in the autumn. Bring in all that’s merry and bright in the winter months. A fun way to tie the guest room into the other rooms of your house is to include it with each seasonal change. Your guests will feel inspired and at home there with a few extra seasonal decor pieces.
7. Consider your guest list.
Your guest room is only as good as the guests who stay in it. If it’s not suited for your type of people, then it’s not going to feel comfortable for them. Know what they like, what makes them happy and comfortable, and opt to include those elements in the space. Whether it’s extra pillows, weighted blankets, or more natural light, make it a space that’s welcoming to the people you care most about while also functioning as a happy place for you too.
8. Don’t forget to stock it with essentials.
Traveling is hard enough. Most of the time, guests forget something. Whether it’s a toothbrush, body soap, or their favorite hair dryer, stocking up on the essentials just in case helps alleviate any added stress on their plate. If you have a guest bathroom, fill it with travel-sized items that they can quickly grab during their stay with you. Think of hotel front desk offerings and go from there. Make sure the room is well-stocked with towels, blankets, pillows, a change of sheets, and maybe even a welcome basket. Guests appreciate you taking care of the small stuff.
Designing a guest room shouldn’t feel like an added chore on your laundry list of to-dos for your home. Instead, make it a fun experience by choosing a design you love, finding items that make it feel extra cozy, and turning it into a home away from home for both you and your guests. Do you love the idea of a guest room, but haven’t found your dream home yet? Let us help! Contact us today to get started on your journey to homeownership- guest room included.