10 Easy Tips to Decorate the Ultimate Guest Room
Decorating your home in a manner that feels fresh and inviting is a wonderful way to ensure your family and guests alike feel comfortable every time they walk through your door.
There's no question that living rooms, kitchens, and master bedrooms are at the top of the priority list when it comes to enhancing the style and functionality of a home. After all, these rooms get the most use and attention. But what about your guest bedroom?
Whether your spare bedroom gets the occasional guest or your home is a revolving door of overnight visitors, taking the time to design a guest bedroom to make it feel both luxurious and relaxing will ensure that anyone who is lucky enough to stay in your home feels welcome.
To take your ordinary guest room to the next level, the design experts at Prominence Home are here to help. With these 10 simple tips and one of our top-of-the-line ceiling fans, your guests may never want to leave.
Here's everything you should know to make your overnight visitors feel right at home.
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Lose the Clutter
Too often, guest rooms can become the catch-all for all of the belongings that families rarely use.
From holiday decorations and old keepsakes to seasonal clothing and luggage, a guest bedroom can easily feel more like a storage unit than a place for your family and friends to relax when visiting your home overnight.
If this sounds familiar, it may be time to clear out the clutter in your spare bedroom.
Doing so is the best way to make the space feel bigger, brighter, and more welcoming while providing enough room for your overnight visitors to put their belongings.
While decluttering can be easier said than done for some folks, it gets easier once you get started.
Keep these tips in mind to free your guest room of unnecessary clutter that could be holding your guest room back:
- Work in a circle around the room, going from left to right and top to bottom being sure to examine every item, big or small.
- Ask yourself if each piece of furniture or accessory adds anything to the space in terms of aesthetics, comfort, or function. If it doesn't, let it go!
- It doesn't take much to make a guest room feel inviting and comfortable. Remember, less is always more.
- Try to keep the tops of your furniture clear of knick-knacks and decorations. You might love the family photos or other decorative items on top of a dresser or side table, but your guests will love the free space to spread out their suitcases and purses more.
- It's a good idea to leave room in dresser drawers and the closet, too. Even if your guests aren't staying long, providing ample space to keep their clothing and personal items is important.
Keep It Calming with Color
The colors that you choose to incorporate into your guest bedroom can make a big impact on the way the space looks and feels.
While you may love the drama of a deep red wall color or the personality of a burnt orange bedspread, these may colors not be the best options if you're striving to create a calm, relaxing spot for your guests to unwind at the end of a long day.
Designing a room that exudes tranquility and relaxation for your guests starts with picking the right colors for your walls, decor, and bedding. For bedrooms, in particular, you can't go wrong with subtle colors, such as grays, creams, blues, and greens for everything from the walls to the comforter.
Understated tones and colors are the secret to curating a space that will encourage your visitors to kick up their feet and enjoy themselves when staying in your home.
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Provide a Comfortable Bed
If nothing else, the bed you provide in your guest bedroom should be comfortable. Even if the room doesn't get as much use as you'd like, it's important to include a quality mattress and soft bedding.
With this in mind, don't hesitate to upgrade your guest room mattress if you're currently using one that is decades old or has seen better days.
If you really want to know how sleeping in your spare bedroom feels for others, try spending the night in the room for yourself.
This will give you a clear image of how your friends and family may feel while letting you know right away if the mattress is comfortable or if it's time to kiss it goodbye.
When the time comes to purchase a new mattress for your guest room, keep these tips in mind:
- Measure, measure, measure! There's nothing worse than bringing home a piece of furniture that doesn't fit nicely in the room.
- Choose the right size. Your guests should have plenty of room to sleep comfortably, especially if more than one person is using the bed at a time. You can't go wrong with a queen, but a full-sized bed could work in a room where space is limited.
- Try it out for yourself. You won't truly know if a mattress is too soft, too firm, or just right until you lie down on it. If you're shopping online, be sure to read plenty of reviews from verified customers to see what they liked or disliked about it.
- Pick a mattress that includes a solid warranty and flexible return policy just in case it doesn't meet your expectations when you bring it home.
Once you have the perfect mattress, it's time to dress it up with bed linens. Your guest room bedding shouldn't just look great, they should feel as good as they look.
By layering your guest bed with soft cotton sheets, a plush comforter, and a stylish duvet, your guests will have no trouble resting and relaxing in your home. Add a cozy throw blanket and a few accent pillows for an end result that will look gorgeous and feel special.
Lay Out Extra Linens
When guests stay at your home overnight, your goal should be to make them feel welcome - like your home is their own.
Oftentimes, it's not what you say that can help you achieve this, but the small steps you take that can communicate how happy you are to have them in your house. One simple way to let your visitors feel special when sleeping over is laying out extra bed and bathroom linens.
While it's likely that the sheets on the bed and the towels in the bathroom will be more than enough, particularly if their stay is short, providing visitors with more than they need is an easy way to let them know that you are interested in their utmost comfort.
Want to take it a step further? Offering them a clean, plush robe will make anyone feel pampered.
While you may love the spectacular view of your backyard that you can see from your guest bedroom window or the generous natural light that the space gets from its spacious windows, chances are that your overnight visitors will want the option to block that view out when necessary.
Whether they'd like to minimize the morning sunlight pouring into the room while they sleep or simply prevent others from peeking in, prioritizing privacy is a must in your spare bedroom.
To ensure that your guests feel comfortable as possible, be sure to choose window treatments that will cover the windows completely.
To do so effectively while helping the space feel stylish and chic, consider pairing blackout curtains with airy curtain panels. The result will be sure to please you and your guests alike.
Create a Spot to Relax
Of course, your guest bedroom will have a bed for your visitors to sleep and rest, but what about somewhere to sit?
If your guest bedroom doesn't currently have a spot for guests to recline, it should. At the end of the day, your guests may want to enjoy a place to read, watch television, or browse their devices.
If your room is large enough, pairing an oversized armchair with an ottoman and floor lamp is all it takes to make your guest bedroom more attractive, comfortable, and functional.
Don't forget to include a charming area rug for hardwood or tile flooring to keep their toes warm while adding to the overall aesthetic of the room.
Your guests will certainly appreciate a space to sit, put up their feet, and take a load off after spending a fun day with your family.
Include Thoughtful Details
It won't take much to make your overnight guests feel like your home is their own. Before they arrive, think about what little details you might appreciate if you were the one staying in their home.
These are the things that will elevate your visitors' experience, regardless of whether they're staying one night or many.
Here are some thoughtful details to consider adding to your guest bedroom:
- Some forms of entertainment, such as books, magazines, and/or a television
- Displaying the Wi-Fi name and password on the dresser or bedside table
- Providing toiletries, such as travel-sized toothpaste and shampoo, along with a bottle of water in the bathroom
- Putting a bouquet of fresh flowers in the room
- Make it smell as good as it looks and feels by placing a scented candle or diffuser on the bedside table with a relaxing scent, such as lavender
- Providing pet essentials for those guests bringing a furry friend
Incorporate a Work Area
Let's face it, most people can work from anywhere nowadays. Regardless of the time of year or reason for their visit, chances are that your overnight guests will appropriate a spot to accomplish some work if necessary.
To make working from your home as convenient and comfortable as possible, including a desk and office chair in the space is a good idea. If the room is small, don't worry.
A small desk and chair should be more than enough for your guests to send a few emails between visiting with you and your family. No matter how big the desk may be, remember to keep it clutter-free.
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Don't Forget the Plants
There's something about adding a potted plant to a room that can make an ordinary house feel like an extraordinary home.
If your guest bedroom is missing that perfect finishing touch, look around to see if you've remembered to add any greenery. If not, what are you waiting for?
Plants can not only add much-needed color and texture to a space that might feel bare or boring, but they also promote clean air by actively removing toxins.
If you love houseplants but don't have much of a green thumb, don't worry. There are plenty of low-maintenance options that will help your guest room look beautiful and feel welcoming without requiring much attention, such as snake plants, pathos, succulents, and peace lilies.
Or if you are truly hopeless at keeping plants alive, faux plants have come a long way and many are almost impossible to detect as fakes! If you won't tell, we won't!
Add a Remote Controlled or Smart Ceiling Fan
Adding a ceiling fan to your guest bedroom is a no-brainer. Along with adding visual intrigue and style to the space, a ceiling fan can help your overnight guests stay cool and comfortable while they relax and sleep in your home.
While a traditional pull-string ceiling fan is great for keeping the air in your spare bedroom circulated, a remote controlled ceiling fan or smart ceiling fan from Prominence Home can take your ordinary guest room and make it feel luxurious and special.
With the option to control the speed and direction of their fan blades with the click of a button or with smart fans even with their voice (with the help of Alexa or Google Play), your guests are sure to appreciate the convenience and comfort that a ceiling fan can provide while sleeping in your home.
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