The thing about a guest room is it’s often used by different people with different interior tastes, or most of the time it’s barely used at all. Take a tip from an interior specialist on how to decorate your guest bedroom so it suits every person and works for you when there’s no-one around.
Be bold with colours
Jenny Williams, from Creative Style, is a Sydney-based interior designer with a great eye for colour. She says you should feel free to experiment when it comes to guest bedroom colour choices.
“Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days." so when decorating a guest bedroom you need to get the balance right between the room being so comfortable and welcoming your guests never want to leave and being so austere they never want to visit!
All jokes aside, you can choose a colour scheme in a guest bedroom you wouldn't use in the Master Bedroom. I never use green or yellow in a Master bedroom because neither colour enhances skin tones. However because the space is used only short-term you can feel free to choose your favourite shade of green or yellow, although light and bright shades work best.”
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Achieving enviable design
Interior designer Claire Limbrick, owner of the stylish Chameleon Avenue, says that an inviting bed and a few local touches are the keys to a guest room you’ll wish was your own.
“Stacking a couple of books on the bedside relating to the local area or adding some local artwork or tasteful arts/crafts work wonders in a guest bedroom, particularly for out-of-town and overseas visitors. It gives them a sense of where they are staying and may help lead them on their own adventures!
A well-presented, clean and inviting bed is so important as it will make your guests feel at home. Layer the pillows, turn down the duvet and sheets, and place a soft throw rug at the foot of the bed for extra texture and homeliness. I also recommending using a variety of pillows (memory foam/feather etc) on the bed so your guests can choose easily which one they would rather sleep with, rather than feeling awkward telling you that they are uncomfortable! Comfort is key in a guest bedroom.”
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Offering your guests the ultimate comfort starts with a designer mattress. If it’s not one you’d sleep on it’s not good enough for your guests. Alternatively, reinvigorate an old mattress with an eco-friendly bamboo mattress topper which is hypoallergenic so perfect for every sensitivity.
Create a functional space
Jennifer French is an interior designer and colour consultant from Inside Out Colour and Design. She says your guest bedroom should be a functional space for your guests but also yourself.
“A guest bedroom is not always reserved only for guests. It may double as an office, home gym or store room. Usually these rooms have a wardrobe or chest of drawers and it’s all too easy to keep some of the overflow or seldom used pieces in these rooms. However, your guests need to have somewhere to put some clothes. A small hanging space is all that is needed and a drawer or two for other items. There’s nothing worse than having all your clothes in an open suitcase even it’s just for one or two nights. In this day and age, these items can be purchased for a nominal outlay even if they are only used a few weeks a year. Just make sure there is room for your guests and their possessions so they feel well and truly welcome.
Other nice things to include in the room are good lighting, accessible powerpoints for charging their technology, plenty of coat hangers including skirt hangers and a glass for water beside the bed.”
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Rajiv Agarwal from Wall Art Prints says the best guest room is fit for Kings and Queens. Here’s a few luxurious elements you can add last minute when you’re expecting visitors.
“Giving a few luxurious touches to your guest room will not only step up the oomph factor, but will also make your guests feel like royalty.
Add a couple of pillows on the bed for extra accents and a hotel feel. A few candles, a vase with flowers or aroma diffusers will give your room a calm spa-like atmosphere.
Finally, put a small tray containing some chocolates & toiletries for that added warm luxury feel.”
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There’s a whole world of home decor at your fingertips so feel free to get creative and design like a pro.