If you have guests staying at your home in the coming weeks or months, it could be a good time for you to revisit the bedroom they’ll be staying in.
It’s tempting to put your oldest or blandest pieces of furniture, linens and décor into the guest room because you likely don’t sleep there very often, but putting in a little more effort and taking a couple more chances can transform it from a pit stop to a restful, memorable part of your guests’ visit.
It can even be a laboratory for designs you’d like to try in your master bedroom that you or the person you share it with aren’t 100% sure about.
Here are some experimentation-worthy ideas to consider, or try some of your own!
Keep them in the dark — Moody hues aren’t typical for a guest room, but they have been trending for bedrooms over the last couple of years and can lend a cave-like, sleep-inducing vibe your visitors will appreciate as they try to slumber in unfamiliar surroundings. Let creamy white or rich gold furniture provide some contrast.
Find room for distinctive touches — This is easy to do when you look at the walls or ceiling around the bed or beds. Choose a large piece of art, chalkboard, pegboard, mirror, vintage sign or another distinctive object to use in place of a headboard. Drape fabric from the ceiling to mimic a canopy bed or install a chandelier to elevate the room and tie it together.
Allow room to breathe — It’s ideal to provide your guests a full-sized dresser, one or two chairs, at least one nightstand and a luggage rack along with a large, comfortable bed, but don’t try to jam everything in if you just don’t have the space. Consider what your guests might find the most convenient; consider the personal preferences of anyone you’re expecting to stay there.
Use common threads — Even if you’re testing out some wildly different colors and themes, incorporate a few patterns or materials found elsewhere in the house so your visitors don’t feel like they’re staying on a different planet!