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How to Make Your Guest Bedroom More Stylish & Comfortable?
While there are many rooms in our homes that we work hard to decorate and personalise, one room stands apart from the others in how often it is overlooked: The guest bedroom. Even if you’re the most gracious host in the world, your guest bedroom is probably smaller and plainer than the main bedroom in your home, and who can blame you?
Most people don’t have the time or energy to decorate the guest bedroom since it probably isn’t being used most nights. But if you’re tired of your guests sleeping in a poorly decorated or uncomfortable space, read on to learn our tips and tricks to revitalise any bedroom:
What should every guest bedroom have?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of interior decorating, let’s cover the guest bedroom basics: Even the most spartan spare room should have:
Yes, we know it sounds obvious (a BEDroom has a bed by definition, right?), but this is one rule that bears repeating. Your guests need somewhere comfy to sleep, and that somewhere should, at the bare minimum, have a mattress, bedsheets and pillows, whether it is a luxurious bed or merely an old bed frame with a cheap mattress in a box.
Space for clothes:
Even if your guests are only staying the night, it is polite to give them somewhere to store a change of clothes and/or pyjamas, such as a dresser or wardrobe. If you don’t have one already, consider buying a bestand with drawers to provide a bedside table and storage options in one piece of furniture.
While most people have a smartphone or watch on their person almost all the time, putting a clock in your guest bedroom adds style and convenience.
Even the tidiest guests can generate waste such as make-up wipes over their stay, so furnishing your guest bedroom with a bin helps them stay tidy and avoid the embarrassment of disposing of waste in a communal bin.
For many guests, the spare bedroom has to function as a bedroom and dressing room, so including a mirror helps them get dressed easily.
How do I make my guest bedroom comfortable?
As a host, your job is to make your guests as comfortable as possible, and there are a few simple ways you can make your guest bedroom more appealing to visitors, including:
A Comfortable bed:
As the most important piece of furniture in any bedroom, you should ensure that your guest bed is nice and comfy. One of the quickest and easiest ways to do this is to replace the mattress with a new mattress in a box, as they are quick to deliver and easy to transport, but you should also consider replacing the bedding and pillows as well.
Soft colours such as pastels and beige help you to relax and fall asleep quicker than bright colours and vivid hues, so a new coat of paint could help your next visitor enjoy their stay in the guest bedroom.
Relaxing scents such as sandalwood or lavender are a great way to help your guests relax as soon as they enter a room, doubly so if you can guess their favourite smell. An easy to make your guest bedroom smell appealing is to light scented candles or incense shortly before your guest arrives, so consider breaking out the candlesticks the next time you have visitors.
How do you style a guest bedroom?
Because a wide variety of people with vastly different styles and tastes may use your guest bedroom, the best strategy is to play to a wide audience. As a result, most guest bedrooms end up bland and inoffensive, though there are some simple rules you can use to help your bedrooms stand out:
The walls of any room play a major role in the feel of the space, and your choice of colour and material can transform an inhospitable room into a cosy bedroom. To make your guest feel safe and comfortable, we recommend using a neutral colour of paint or wallaper that has a ‘relaxed’ pattern.
In addition to the bed (hopefully a comfy one with a nice modern mattress in a box), the furniture in your guest bedroom should be functional and complement the room's colour scheme or theme. Consider choosing dressers with a wood-effect finish if you’re trying to create a rustic feel to your bedroom, for example.
While bedding is a vital part of making a bed comfy, it also contributes to the style of a room, so you should pick bedding that has a complementary colour or pattern. If your room uses lots of pastel blue, avoid the bright red bedding, and if you have lovely striped wallpaper, don’t pair it with polka dot pillowcases.
A major aspect of interior decoration that many people overlook, lighting can seriously help or harm your interior decoration efforts. Where possible, try to pair soft colours with softer lighting and make sure to install nice bright lights in darker rooms.
Choosing a Mattress for the guest bedroom:
A good mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep, so make sure that your guests can relax in comfort with a nice soft mattress. While most mattress manufacturers recommend replacing your mattresses every seven years or so, you can extend the life of your old mattresses by using mattress toppers.
However, if the mattress in your guest bedroom still isn’t comfy, you should bite the bullet and buy a new mattress. Fortunately, advances in technology mean that you can order a brand-new mattress in a box that will arrive in just a few days and is incredibly easy to install.
If you feel that your guest bedroom needs a little love, it’s easier than you might think to transform a spare room into a great room. With a few simple modifications such as new furniture and a lick of paint, your guest bedroom will be so charming and comfortable that your guests will want to stay even longer…