Today’s interior post is about that guest bedroom that you never got to fully decorate because…well because it’s barely used and then when you do need it you scramble around to finish it up. In my very first apartment, I had a spare room that was at first my guest bedroom but as a young single woman I didn’t need it. I never had extended family stay over or ‘guests’, if friends or family stayed then we would just crash on my L-shaped couch in the living room or on my bed. So that room was soon turned into my office/walk-in closet…oh those were the days…!
So anyway, if you need to design your guest bedroom, our guest blogger, interior designer Danielle Bagworth is your woman!
Guest bedrooms should be comforting and chic; after all they are for guests and you want them to feel as welcome as possible. It can often be difficult to incorporate things that appeal to everyone within a guest room, for example, you may want to go for a themed room or a unique interior design, however this may not be to some of your guests taste. I am going to provide you with some handy tips on how to create a welcoming guest bedroom that will appeal to everyone:
1. Colour Scheme
The colour scheme of your guest bedroom is important. A neutral colour scheme will work perfectly in your guest bedroom, as this will appeal to both genders. Opt for bright shades of beige, comforting creams and delicate yellows to add warmth to the room; any colour that is light, subtle and natural will work to enhance the size and brightness of the bedroom. If you do want to add vibrant colours to your guest bedroom, avoid the walls – add bright pops of colour with your bedding and decorative accessories!
2. A Comfortable Mattress
As a host or hostess you want your guests to be as relaxed and as comfortable as possible. With this in mind, one of the essential items for designing your dream guestroom is a sumptuous bed and mattress, such as a Silentnight double mattress! This will ensure that your guests have the best night’s sleep. There is nothing worse than staying over at somebody else’s house and spending the night restlessly rolling around on an uncomfortable mattress. Not only do you have very little sleep, but you wake up in a grumpy mood.
For me, cushions symbolise complete comfort! Decoratively placing plump, soft cushions and soft furnishings around your guest bedroom, on your bed, chairs and windowsill seats will immediately help to transform the room. Soft furnishings will help create a cosy and inviting space, where your guests will feel right at home.
When choosing perfectly plush cushions for your guest bedroom you can either adhere to your neutral colour scheme or get creative and choose a bright accent colour to stand out throughout the bedroom. For a safe way to create a complete look choose one bold colour to add to your natural palette, this will add individuality with a punch of personality!
The right lighting can create a relaxing and inviting atmosphere and lamps are perfect for making your guest bedroom feel warm and cosy. Instead of harsh and bright overhead lighting, try using bedside table lamps that complement your chosen decor; from decorative oversized designs to simply sleek styles you will be able to find perfect bedside lamps for your guest bedroom. Lamps are also much more convenient, as your guest won’t have to leave the warmth of their cosy bed to turn the main light off, and then have to navigate their way around an unfamiliar room in the pitch black!
Candles automatically make a room more alluring. Try and avoid scented candles, as scents are a very personal thing; your chosen scent may not appeal to everyone. Find a neutral candle or something that smells clean and fresh. Alternatively you could add a diffuser to the room. Just ensure that the scent is not too overpowering as this can often lead to a headache!
Additionally, candles work perfectly as decorative accessories – and they’re inexpensive! Don’t be afraid of using candles that have a little height, placing these candles in elegant vases or lanterns will create chic and opulent decorative features around your guest bedroom.
6. A Rug
If your room is not carpeted, add a rug by the side of the bed. When your guest wakes up in the morning, the rug will be the first thing that their feet will set on, which will help to create a homely feel. From modern to traditional designs, ensure that your chosen rug matches the decor of your guest bedroom – this will work to pull the design of the room together and create a sense of warmth.
7. Fresh Towels
Always ensure that you have a fresh supply of towels available for your guests. When you have guests over, you don’t want to make them feel as if they have to tiptoe around and constantly ask for things. Smartly transform your towels into a guestroom design feature by neatly rolling each crisp towel and placing at the foot of your bed – this will instantaneously let your guest know that they are welcome to use all of the facilities and adds a hint of luxury!
If your guest bedroom is bright enough, buy some fresh flowers and place them on the windowsill, on top of a chest of drawers or bedside table. Flowers work to bring life into the room; pick a few bunches up from your local florist, snip the ends and place them into a gorgeous vase – arrangement doesn’t have to be a chore!
With these tips and tricks decorating your guest bedroom will be simple, just think about what you would like in a guest bedroom if you were staying at somebody else’s house! Ensure that you keep things neutral and don’t get too over excited with wild patterns and accessories.
This article was written by Danielle Bagworth , an expert in the field of home improvement and interior design.