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6 Tips to Help You Design a Cozy and Inviting Guest Bedroom

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  • 1. Choose the right paint color
  • 2. Make guests feel like they're at a nice hotel
  • 3. Don’t neglect the importance of a good mattress
  • 4. Ensure there’s enough storage space
  • 5. Consider other purposes
  • 6. Don’t forget to have fun!

If you have friends and family members that don’t live nearby, having a guest bedroom would allow them to visit you – and spend some time with you – for longer than a day.

However, in order for that to be as enjoyable for them as it would be for you, you should decorate your guest bedroom in a way that would make them feel at home.

Fortunately, that’s not too difficult to do.

So, here are a few tips that should help you design a comfortable and welcoming guest bedroom:

1. Choose the right paint color

When designing your guest room, the best place to start is with the colors.

A good idea would be to match the colors of the room to one aspect of it that stands out the most, like the bedding, for example.

This way, you’d already have a color scheme for all your other accessories. Plus, when you decide to change the bedding, you would have an idea of what kind of bedding you’re looking for.

That being said, if the bedding you’ve chosen is not that colorful, you can find inspiration in your pillows or artwork.

2. Make guests feel like they’re at a nice hotel

When designing your guest room, the best way to make sure your guests have everything they might need is to imagine what you would need in a hotel room.

So, besides the basic toiletries, you should also include details like a phone charger, hair dryer, some pens, a good reading lamp, etc.

Also, don’t forget to include a decent mirror– it’s a small detail that is often forgotten because you usually have it in the bathroom.

However, unless you also have a guest bathroom, you don’t want to force your guests to go to the bathroom whenever they want to comb their hair or put on makeup.  

3. Don’t neglect the importance of a good mattress

The bed is the most important part of your guest room, as you want your guests to be able to rest and relax. This is why you should choose a quality mattress.

Mattresses come in many sizes, so even if you don’t have a queen size bed, you should easily find a good single bed mattress that would fit all your needs.

Speaking of comfort, you should match your quality mattress with some comfortable pillows, and you can rest assured that your guests would sleep well.

4. Ensure there’s enough storage space

Assuming that your guests would be staying for longer than a day, they would probably have some clothes and other necessities with them.

So, provide them with enough storage to put their things away. Even if your guest room is not that big, you can always make use of the vertical space and add some hangers, shelves, and similar.

It’s a small and often overlooked aspect, but it can make a lot of difference in terms of overall comfort. 

5. Consider other purposes

Sometimes, you need to use your guest room for more than one thing, and sometimes, your guests need to do the same.

In this day and age, when many people work online, it would be wrong to assume that all your guests would be doing in it is sleeping.

So, design your bedroom with other purposes in mind, and don’t hesitate to include a good work desk with a comfortable office chair.

After all, you really can’t go wrong by giving your guests a chance to do their work in the room as well.

On the contrary, if you provide them with everything they need to do so, they might even be able to stay with you for longer. 

6. Don’t forget to have fun!

As you’ve probably noticed, the usual rules of decorating do not apply to your guest bedroom.

In other words, feel free to have some fun with it.

While you don’t want to make the room too personal by adding your family photos to it, you can still display your favorite artwork to make it look more homey.

You can also add some fun decals or stenciled details that would make the room more memorable. After all, the key is to make the room interesting but not too specific in terms of style, as that could make your guests feel uncomfortable.

If you’re lucky enough to have an extra room that you don’t really need, turning it into a guest bedroom where your friends and relatives could stay is a great way to make use of that extra space.

Design it in a way that would make people comfortable in it, and they will probably want to visit you much more often. 

About the author: Mike Johnston is a lifestyle blogger and DIY enthusiast from Sydney. He is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator, but his articles can also be found on numerous other interior design, real estate, family and green living blogs. Mike’s goal is to create insightful and compelling content that will help readers navigate through these vast and ever-changing fields.

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