A well-designed guest bedroom will make friends and family feel welcome, even when they are far from home. Use vibrant colour, hotel-style furnishings and touchable textures to make your guest room a place people can’t wait to spend time in.
If you want to be the perfect host for your guests, there’s nothing more luxurious than showing them to their own, beautifully decorated bedroom. Providing your guest with all of their favourite home comforts – beautiful bedding, plenty of storage and even a light to read by at night, will all add up to a wonderful experience for your loved ones.
Create a room that is clean and serene with a neutral backdrop that will please any taste. A hotel-style room is chic and elegant and will be a pleasure to stay in. Opt for soft furnishings in muted hues of grey, brown and white to evoke a feeling of calm for your guests.
Or show your personality with a themed room that your guests will instantly recognise as your own style. A pop of your favourite colour, furniture styles in keeping with the rest of your home or your favourite wall art will remind your guests of your personality and tastes.
If you don’t have the room to create a spare place just for guests, why not partition off another room to create a small area for guests to sleep? Choosing to section off part of your living room and sticking to a minimalist design won’t take up much space, but will mean your home instantly becomes more welcoming to loved ones. Take a look at these bedroom storage ideas for more inspiration.
If you’re really struggling with space, have a look at our pick of the best sofa beds.
Attic rooms are the perfect place to create a guest or spare bedroom. By their very nature, they tend only to be used occasionally, so sloping ceilings and a confined space is less likely to be an issue for the user. Here, built-in warbrobes provide plenty of space for luggage and clothes.
Don’t have the space for another bedroom? Section off a space in your living room. The double doors allow the sun to stream right through, while the white painted walls and lack of clutter makes this bedroom a haven for relaxation. Add a reading light and a sideboard for storage and you’re good to go.
This modern bedroom features pops of colour – from a stylish teal chair to a selection of cosy blue rugs. If you guests are in it for the long-haul, provide them with plenty of space for them to store away their belongings. A lamp on each side of the bed will ensure one guest can delve into a spot of nightime reading, while the other one can enjoy an uninterupted snooze.
The French Bedroom
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The White Company
Converting the basement into a spare room is a popular solution. The chandelier, wall sconce and table lamp is a clever way of getting around the problem
of limited or no natural light. A glamorous bed has been paired with embroidered linen to even out the rustic wall with a romantic element.
Smartly dressed twin beds are not only practical, they can also be very decorative, as this bedroom scheme displays. The table lamps are another practical if you want to provide a bedside light for late night reading by one guest, and not the other.
Some guests are more regular overnight visitors than others – family members in particular – try to incorporate a bathroom so your guests can be self-sufficient during their stay. An internal ‘box’ within this bedroom houses an en-suite bathroom with an open ceiling, designed to offer privacy while allowing the double-height beams to remain in view.
Think themed bedrooms are outdated? Think again! A theme can totally set your bedroom apart from the rest of the house. This twin guest bedroom is inspired by botanical pieces. Decorative headboards are set against a charcoal blue backdrop, creating a bold look.
If you don’t want a double bed taking up space in your guest bedroom, consider a daybed, which can also be used as a sofa. Then, when you do have guests to stay, they have somewhere to sleep, but for the rest of the time you can use the space as a second sitting room, home office or children’s playroom.
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Most people do not use their guest bedroom on a daily basis, so it is the perfect room for storing those things you might not need all the time, but don’t want to put in the loft. To prevent your guest bedroom from becoming a dumping ground, choose some functional-yet-stylish under-bed storage. We love how these pink and grey boxes slide neatly under the bed and tie in with the room’s colour scheme.
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To re-create the individuality that a boutique hotel offers, don’t be afraid to push boundaries by mixing patterns and fabrics. For the ultimate comfort, invest in sumptuous bedlinen and choose accessories with character for depth of interest.
House of Fraser
If it’s sophistication that you’re after, a statement headboard covered in a bold patterned fabric is a great starting point. Introducing vibrantly coloured walls and tactile fabrics to the mix is a good way to intensify the luxurious feel of the scheme.
Occasionally used spaces such as guest rooms offer the ideal opportunity to be decoratively bold and experimental. A confident use of bold block colour offset by flashes of pattern will create a sophisticated look that reflects the feel of a weekend away.
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A cream and blue blind with a French-inspired design creates the basis for this neutral scheme with touches of deep blue adding interest. Keep to a neutral backdrop, with toning shades of taupe for walls and carpet.
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Lewis & Wood
Create a soft, luxurious look with oriental-style wallpaper in powder pink. A carved French-style bed adds a sense of grandeur. Layered with a cosy floral quilt and fluffy cushions it makes a welcoming place to rest and relax.
A statement padded feature wall is the ultimate is opulent style. Layer a kingsize bed with oversized throws for a comfortable night’s sleep and luxe lounging provides your guests with somewhere calm and serene to recharge their batteries.
The simple graphic lines of this four-poster bed stand out against the
pale backdrop. A colourful red bedspread that came from Goa adds
vibrancy to this cool white bedroom
scheme. The smart leaded windows are such a feature of the house that
blinds and curtains have been kept simple throughout to let them shine.
Be inspired by the natural world with these botanical prints. Pale walls are bolstered by a bold pink striped bedcover in this country-style bedroom scheme. For the ultimate hotel-style bed, arrange pillows vertically (not on their corners) in a neat formation with the largest pillows at the back and the smallest cushions at the front, creating a triangle from the headboard downwards.
Make sure your guests are warm and cosy during the colder months by
providing plenty of bedding and throws. Place table lamps beside the bed
to provide easy reading light and use lighter wall colours, such as
neutral, to soothe. Having table lamps on either side of the bed is a
practical option, ideal for late-night reading by one guest, and not the
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Some guests are more regular overnight visitors than others – family members in particular – so it is a nice idea to follow the hotel approach and create a room that includes a sitting room arrangement, like the one seen here. A sofa and armchair make this country-style bedroom the perfect retreat for a restful night.
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Give your guests the ultimate sleepover with a smart hotel-style guest bedroom. Keep to a mainly neutral backdrop, with toning shades of white for the walls and carpet. Cream walls and a white leather headboard, matched with a black throw and mirror, create a modern look in this bedroom. The earthy cushions add a shot of colour.
Spending time with friends can be an exhausting experience for visitors and hosts alike so create a bedroom that provides your guests with somewhere calm and serene to recharge their batteries.
The shades of grey and white seen here are gentle on the senses, the bed is wide enough to collapse on and relax, and the bedside radio is a personal touch your guests will appreciate.
Attic rooms are the perfect place to create a guest or spare room. By their very nature, they tend only to be used occasionally, so sloping ceilings, a confined space and limited storage is less likely to be an issue for the user. Modern plumbing systems mean you can easily create a simple bathroom up here too, so guests can avoid that embarrassing “Can I, can’t I use the bathroom” experience.
Be clever with your use of a large space; here, a panelled part wall hives off one end of the bedroom to create a small bathroom, and to provide a dramatic decorative feature that doubles as a backboard for the four-poster bed. Use interesting wallcoverings, bedlinen and small pieces of furniture instead of excessive accessorising to create a sense of personality.
These days, we expect most rooms to have more than one use, particularly in a family home, and a spare room is the perfect place to double as somewhere the children can use as a TV-play room. Toys can be quickly tidied away into boxes or cupboards, and a pull-out sleigh bed is the smart way to solve the sofa-bed dilemma. Put the television inside a cabinet so you can hide it away whenever you or guests want to.
Converting the basement into a spare bedroom is a popular solution. The all-white scheme seen here is a clever way of getting around the problem of limited or no natural light. Try to incorporate a bathroom so your guests can be self-sufficient during their stay. As with attic conversions, you will need expert advice to turn your basement into a bed-bath space.
A built-in desk and shelving arrangement using materials that co-ordinate with the bedroom furniture, such as the design seen here, is a smart way to create an office-bedroom. Be ruthless with your paperwork – the filing system here is decorative but hugely practical – and even if you have no guests using the room, tidy up and leave the room spotless every night; it makes it feel so much easier to start work there again the next time.
If you are blessed with a large house, then why not create a guest bedroom that is all about the experience, the fantasy of escape for your visitors. The attic room seen here is a classic Italian country villa room that you could recreate anywhere: after the conversion, your greatest cost will be installing faux rounded beams and terracotta tiles, but you could go for a trompe l’oeil instead.
Smartly dressed twin beds are not only practical – not all of your guests will want to share a bed but they may well be happy (and need to) share a room – they can also be very decorative, as this room scheme displays. The wall lights are another practical but beautiful detail, although you might want to provide a bedside-height light for late night reading by one guest, and not the other.
Some guests are more regular overnight visitors than others – family members in particular – so it is a nice idea to do more than provide their own bathing facilities and a drawer into which they can unpack their things. They may want to spend time quietly relaxing during the day, not just at night, so if at all possible, follow the hotel approach and create a room that includes a sitting room arrangement, like the one seen here.
There is no shame in using the spare or guest bedroom as a storage room. The trick is to make the stored pieces part of the arrangement so that there is still room for visitors to sleep comfortably. The low but wide bookcase in this room keeps clutter contained, while leaving room on the wall above for more shelving – you could use it to hang pictures, or hats, or similar pieces so they appear decorative but again, are carefully stored out of harm’s way.
A traditional pine bedstead adds a touch of grandeur to this guest bedroom. Matching bedside tables add sophisticated symmetry and match the bed perfectly. Brown cushions bring colour to the cream bedlinen and a classic-style rug adds interest to the floor.
Blue toiles and checks, distressed and painted furniture, and a delicate lace bedspread exude classic French charm in this pretty guest bedroom.
Make your guests feel as though they are staying in a luxury hotel with a grand headboard, upholstered in grey to match the duvet and lampshades. Shimmering cushions in gold and burgundy add to the sense of hotel style, while matching bedside tables and lamps create a symmetrical, and more formal, feel.
Have fun in your guest bedroom! The elaborate pattern of the black damask-style wallpaper is echoed in the striking cushion, giving this bedroom a five-star statement. Elegant black furniture completes the look.
Marine blue accents add definition to this classic-style guest bedroom. French-style furniture looks great next to the floral Toile de Jouy bedlinen, while the fitted window seat is a great place for relaxing.
The striking navy wallpaper behind the bed co-ordinates with the stunning curtains in this elegant guest bedroom. Dark wood furniture adds to the sophisticated look, and tall mirrors behind the bedside tables are an eye-catching feature.
Decking out this feminine bedroom in Toile de Jouy gives it a classic-style look. The pink curtains are teamed with matching bedlinen and provide colourful accents against the cream walls. Antique furniture like the reading chair and bedstead complete the look.
Shades of green keep this guest bedroom fresh and light. Gold accessories and leaf-print fabrics add a glamorous touch.
White walls and cream carpet give this loft space a light and fresh appearance. Built-in wardrobes follow the dimensions of the exposed roof beams and blend into the scheme, while the walnut sleigh bed and red Persian rug add colour and depth.
Give your guests the ultimate sleepover with a smart hotel-style guest bedroom. Keep to a mainly neutral backdrop, with toning shades of taupe for the walls and carpet.
Position bedside tables either side of the bed and an ottoman for storage at the end. Then add lots of luxury touches, with a plush upholstered bed, crisp cotton bed linen and quilted satin throw.
For the ultimate hotel-style bed, arrange pillows vertically (not on their corners) in a neat formation with the largest pillows at the back and the smallest cushions at the front, creating a triangle from the headboard downwards.
Make guests feel welcome with a warm, cosy guest room for them to escape to.
A smart grey tartan wallpaper will set a country theme for the room but you can add a light-hearted feel with modern accessories like this antler coat hook.
A leather sleigh bed is the focal point of this bedroom. Dress it with grey flannel bed linen and pillows with ticking stripes for an unfussy look that isn’t too feminine for male guests. Add a chunky cable knit throw for extra cosiness.
While most spare bedrooms are on the small side, you can make yours feel more spacious with the right colour scheme.
Go for pale off-white walls and flooring to help reflect light around the room and make it feel bright and airy.
Avoid large, bulky pieces of furniture that will overcrowd the space and go for just a few key pieces, such as this pale painted bed, simple cube bedside tables and a slimline console and mirror to create a dressing area.
Wicker boxes under the bed provide additional storage for clothes or bedding.
If you’re lacking wardrobe space for guests, make the most of any unused areas.
Alcoves are a neat way of squeezing more storage into a bedroom. Just fix up a simple hanging rail or row of shelves for storing clothes, or you could go for an adjustable storage system like this one.
Keep clothes and clutter out of sight, by fitting up a rail and curtain outside the alcove so you can pull the curtain across when you want to hide everything away.
If you could do with more space, why not consider turning your loft into a guest bedroom. It can double-up as a family den ? a sofa bed is a great investment as you’ll have an extra living space as well as somewhere for guests to sleep.
Plan your storage to make the most of the available space under any sloping ceilings. Choose a modular system with units in varying heights so that you can fit them into any awkward spaces.
If you fit a skylight window, be sure to fit a blind or curtain panel to prevent light from flooding into the room in the early hours.
Make space for a guest room at the top of the house. An all-white colour scheme will transform a gloomy-looking attic room into a light and airy bedroom.
Keep furniture to a minimum with an unfussy white metal bedstead and just a folding tray table beside the bed.
Accessorise with ditzy floral bed linen and just a simple fabric blind at the window.
You’ll need to allow for extra bedroom storage if you have guests to stay on a regular basis.
If space is tight, think about utilising the area around the bed, too. Swap regular bedside tables for a pair of slimline tower units that can cope with bedside clutter and a whole lot more besides.
A wall shelf positioned high above the bed provides an extra surface for storage boxes and accessories.
Create a pretty bedroom dressing area so your guests can get ready in comfort.
Go for a chest of drawers rather than a console table, so guests will have storage space for their belongings, then position a mirror casually resting on top.
Add a welcoming finishing touch by filling a pitcher with a small posy of fresh flowers.
Make space for girly sleepovers in a colourful teenager’s bedroom.
Choose a young and vibrant colour scheme in zingy shades of orange and raspberry with busy floral print curtains, bed linen and wall art.
Go for a daybed with a pull-out guest bed underneath ? it can be dressed up with cushions for comfy lounging by day, then has space for friends to sleepover by night.
Sometimes it’s the small details that count most. Make your guests feel comfortable and at home by making up a small welcome kit. Include clean towels, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste and a cosy pair of slippers.
A bedstead and fabrics that echo the age of the house create a nostalgic feel.
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An interesting feature like this tented wardrobe is a unique finishing touch.
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Create a welcoming environment by layering different textures in warm tones.
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Cox and Cox
Warm colours and patterns create a relaxing feel, while a single wardrobe creates extra space.
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Make a space for young guests with twin beds in bright colours to create a fun, lively space.
Mixing patterns can be a striking effect as long as you stick to a colour theme.
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GP & J Baker
With muted colours and subtle patterns, a scheme can work all year round.
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Any one of these simple updates will ensure your guest bedroom is ready and waiting for visitors.