Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom

creating-the-perfect-guest-bedroomHave a guest bedroom that’s looking a little sad, not quite as relaxing as you want?  Need to use your guest bedroom for more than just hosting friends and family?

Well, why not turn your guest bedroom into a cozy hideaway?  Themed rooms are a perfect way to make your guest feel like they’re on vacation while in the comfort of your home.  Themes can be exotic or understated, and customized to every need.

Here are just a few ways to spruce up your spare room to create the perfect guest bedroom getaway.

The Coastal Masterpiece.  Whether you actually live on the coast or not, the ambiance of a beach side bungalow can be attractive and relaxing for both you and your guests.  Soft blues, greens, and whites, accented with coral or light blue-purples can create that beach feel with just the color scheme.  Add small accents, like a framed picture of a seaside paradise, and gently-worn furniture to create the perfect casual coastal look.  Nautical-themed accents and linens work wonders for this kind of space.

Plain and Simple.  Sometimes it’s best to go minimalist.  An elegant bedroom set with clean, crisp linens, soft wall colors, billowy curtains, and minor decorative touches that match your soft neutrals color palate can be simple and refined.

Bold and Beautiful.  The exact opposite of being minimalist – use large pieces of furniture with bold colors and a warm-hued gray or brown paint on the walls.  Think lots of pillows in different colors and patterns, some spicy bedding, and large artwork like mirrors or clocks.

Mountain Getaway.  Use a rustic theme to get the cabin in the woods feel to your guest room.  Natural woods are best, weathered looking if possible, but don’t go overboard – too much and your room could look dirty.  Go with soft, earthy tones of greens and browns that aren’t too dark, and break out the cotton and wool for your bedding and drapery.

Country Chic.  Checkerboard in cute pastels is a great idea, especially if you’re expecting a family with kids.  A country theme full of petite flowered accents, natural cottons, and crisp whites or light woods will give your guest a safe down-home feeling in comfort.

Sophisticated Flair.  Time to get fancy – an elegant headboard against a boldly painted wall sets the mood for an upscale experience.  Imagine a fancy hotel room, use complimentary in-style colors with the walls and furniture (gray and yellow, baby blue and brown, orange and cream) and stick with your color scheme.  Use modern accents like a glass side-table or sleek white dresser, and pick simple artwork to match.

The Multi-Tasker.  Sometimes you need more space, whether it’s for an office area, storage, or recreation.  The easiest way to make your guest bedroom a multi-use room is to set up convenient zones.  You don’t want your guest bed crammed up against your desk, after all.

Go Smaller – a small desk with your shelving hidden away in the closet will keep your office space uncluttered and easily closed up when you’re expecting company.  Be sure to keep enough closet space for your guests, or have a dresser ready for them.

Try a Daybed – instead of getting a pull-out couch, try going for a daybed instead.  You can find one in larger sizes if you want, but a daybed is easily tucked off to the side rather than taking up the entire room, and maintains a simple elegance for your guest.

No matter your guests, there’s always a fun and “getaway-friendly” way to spruce up your spare room.