Guest bedroom ideas – 18 ways to make a room inviting for visitors

These warm and welcoming guest bedroom ideas will spoil your visitors and make them feel right at home during their stay.
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    A well-designed guest bedroom will make friends and family feel welcome, even when they are far from home. Use a vibrant colour scheme, 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. And if that bedroom consists of a lonely guest bed, a box collection and not much else, it’s time for an overhaul. First thing’s first – clear out the clutter.

    Experts at John Lewis say, ‘Start by removing anything that has snuck in here over the months – if it’s not intended for guests to use then try to find a new home for it (or at least store it out of sight).’

    ‘Throw open the windows to air the space and if the room has been out of action for some time now, give it a good clean using a long duster to reach tops of wardrobes, inside light fittings and anywhere cobwebs like to gather.’

    Now that you’ve done the hard work, it’s time to think about ways to provide your guest with all of their favourite home comforts. It might be beautiful bedding, plenty of storage and even a light to read by at night. These will all add up to a wonderful experience for your loved ones.

    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.

    1. Give them a warm welcome

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    The last thing you want to do is make a guest room feel like an afterthought. One way to avoid this is to go all out and introduce a glamorous look that’s clearly been put together with every attention to detail. A rich colour on the walls will cocoon your visitors, while reading materials and bedside lighting will keep them entertained if they go to bed or rise earlier than you do!

    2. Get the bedding right

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    To make sure your guests are comfortable throughout their stay, layer the bed with both linens and throws. A quilt and throw covering a light duvet means guests can be in control of their temperature. Two cushions for each guest gives them choice and flexibility. 

    3. Introduce a little hotel chic

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    There is no reason why a compact guest bedroom should also be unattractive. The smaller a room, the further your budget will stretch, so why not up the glamour with a chic hotel-style decorating scheme? Look for a stylish feature wallpaper; a black floral repeat is both delicate and smart.

    A well-dressed bed is key to a beautiful guest room. Go for a large cushioned headboard in sumptuous grey velvet and layer white bed linen with applique cushions and cashmere throws in warm mustard and inky blue. Place an elegant glass table lamp on a classic bedside table and complete the luxurious scheme with a statement chair.

    4. Keep it quirky and cool

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    Opt for a quirky decorating theme in a simple guest room. In this neutral space, artwork and cushions with a royal theme bring the scheme to life. A mismatching wooden bedstead, bedside table and mirror keep the feel relaxed and lived-in, while a wool throw with an acid bright stripe is a nice complementary addition to the turquoise-bordered cushion.

    5. Make their space unique

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    Add and illustrative feature wall to a guest bedroom with a statement wallpaper. Here, the gently distorted hand-drawn cityscape gives the small room a focal point full of character. Keep the rest of the room soft and light to stop the pattern becoming overbearing, this dove grey works perfectly and ties in nicely with a denim blue throw.

    Finish the look with a pop of colour in a complementary bright orange and a cosy sheepskin rug for extra comfort.

    6. Nestle in neutrals

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    Create a delightful place for family and friends to stay with a beautifully decorated guest bedroom. The furniture in this neutral attic bedroom makes best use of space, with two rich wood sleigh beds, small bedside tables and a tallboy for overnight storage.

    Make the room welcoming with chunky knitted throws and stylish buttoned cushions. A Roman blind and printed cushions make a small window seat a dreamy spot.

    7. Give yourself more options with a twin layout

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    Twin brass bedsteads bring an industrial edge to this white bedroom scheme. For a visually pleasing symmetrical look, match cushions, bedding and wall lights across a single central bedside table.

    For those who like to read in bed, task lighting like this is ideal. The wall lights are a practical but beautiful detail, allowing one person enough light to read while the other has enough darkness to sleep.

    8. Upgrade the attic

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    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. Build a snug retreat under the eaves for romantic country charm.

    Off-white tongue and groove creates a charismatic backdrop for an inviting bed dressed with plenty of linen layers and a soft lambswool blanket. A vibrant pillowcase and quilt lifts the scheme while open shelves with decorative objects enhance the homely feel. Storage aplenty, such as the deep, under-bed draw, keeps the space uncluttered.

    9. Pare it back

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    Make a small room feel bigger by limiting furniture to essential pieces only. This gunmetal bedstead and preloved cabinet look extra stylish for having all the space to themselves. A cool grey palette helps to open up the room too.

    If you can, keep the space under the bed clear – it’s a good spot for a guest’s suitcase – and give your minimalist scheme a little atmosphere by hanging cotton ball fairy lights around artwork or a bedstead.

    10. Decorate with calming shades of grey

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    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.

    11. Take them away from the drama

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    Create an attic bedroom that provides your guests with somewhere calm and serene to recharge their batteries. This guest bedroom has been painted in a tonal grey hue to create a calm and tranquil space, with enough warmth and texture to stop them being monastic.

    12. Focus on the bed

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    A comfortable bed is a must, especially if your room is often used by guests – invest in a new mattress if you can’t stretch to a bedstead. Choose a strong classic style that won’t date and position centrally for easy access and maximum impact. A neutral colour palette will please most guests and can be easily modified for individuals. Bring in welcoming colour and texture by layering fresh white bed linen with cushions and throws. Here, additional reclaimed furniture adds to the charming character.

    13.Provide a welcome pack

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    Apart from the obvious like towels (make sure you provide one large bath towel, a hand towel and a washcloth per person) it’s worth supplying a small welcome pack for your guests so they feel at home. Include a few luxuries like a scented soap, an unusual cream, a special shampoo and small tube of toothpaste.

    14. Create space

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    Remember the old saying ‘never leave a room empty-handed’? Pick up clutter as you go from room to room – and if you haven’t got time to file away paperwork place it in a sorting box that you can come back to later. Clear surfaces and hang up all clothes. Remember to leave plenty of room in cupboards and wardrobes for your guests to hang and store their items.

    15. Create a relaxed atmosphere

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    Layered lighting, ideally dimmable, is key to making guests feel at ease. Include a pendant or downlighters for overall light, a standard lamp to light a corner, and bedside lights for late-night reading.

    ‘Wall-mounted bedside lamps provide an elegant tailored feel,’ says Rohan Blacker, Founder, Pooky Lights. ‘As a rule of thumb, they are best positioned so the bottom of the bulb is 45cm above the mattress to avoid any glare.’

    16. Clever storage

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    When guests drop by for an overnight or weekend stay, room to hang a change of clothes is invaluable, but a space-encroaching wardrobe isn’t the only way. Ikea’s wall bedroom storage are the perfect solution.

    Experts at Ikea add, ‘Make use of a sloped ceiling by hanging a minimalist rod from stylish leather straps to create a place to hang clothes, and add some hooks for extra storage space.’

    17. Practical seating and storage

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    ‘A guest room should be so inviting that your guests never want to leave,’ says Lucinda Waterhouse, Director, Oka.

    ‘Give a simple divan bed the five-star treatment by including a neat sofa at the end of the bed for reading or relaxing. A foldaway suitcase rack is a practical storage solution for your guests’ luggage. They’ll be encouraged to fully unpack and make themselves at home.’

    18. Twin sleeping

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    In this cosy, country style bedroom careful planning ensures every inch of space is put to good use. Striking wooden twin bedsteads are the flexible choice, catering for adult sharers who aren’t bedfellows or children, while a built-in window seat provides a place to catch up on reading when there’s no space for an armchair. There’s no need to invest in a big wardrobe for occasional guests but drawers and hanging space are essentials.

    Any one of these simple updates will ensure your guest bedroom is ready and waiting for visitors.

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