Creating the Ultimate Guest Bedroom

There’s nothing worse than staying with a relative whose home is unaccomodating to the point that you wonder if they’d forgotten they were having guests. What’s more, there’s nothing more humiliating and regretful than hearing through the family grapevine that your guests wouldn’t want to stay at your home again. As you design your guest bedroom, think about places where you have stayed, places you loved, and think reasons why you loved them. Take inspiration from boutique and five-star hotels to create the ultimate guest bedroom, making it a place that your guests won’t want to leave.

Comfort is Key

Your guest accommodations don’t have to be expensive or luxurious to be comfortable, but nobody is going to fault you for incorporating a little luxury as well. Your guests are likely to be people you love and care about, so take the opportunity to show them how much you care about their comfort by making their temporary quarters comfy.

Comfort is Key

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The bed is crucial. If the bed isn’t one that you’d sleep in yourself, then your guests probably won’t want to sleep in it either. Some people prefer a bed that’s super soft while others like a firm bed; a great way to meet in the middle or offer both is to use a higher-quality mattress that’s firm with a soft pillow-top beneath the bedding. Such a bed will be soft and supportive, and your guests will surely have one of the better night’s sleep that they’ve had in a while.

There are other ways to incorporate comfort into your guest bedroom too. Many guests will appreciate a sitting area in their quarters, an area where they can sit down and take a breather, maybe read a book or magazine and check their email, where they put on and take off their shoes. Having a nice, comfortable loveseat or armchairs will be much appreciated by your houseguests. Additionally, most people don’t travel with things like bath robes or towels, so having these things available for your guests to use will definitely take your guest room to the next level. If you want bonus points, you could even have a small selection of lotions, massage oils, and other similar items for your visitors to pamper themselves before bed.

Universally Beautiful

Have you ever noticed that most hotels, especially ones that are higher-end, tend to decorate in somewhat subdued color palettes with modern decor? Hotels employ designers to decorate in styles that are unabrasive and appealing to as many people as possible, which usually entails contemporary decor with subdued, soothing colors. Of course this isn’t a rule as some hotels like to surprise you with unexpectedly bold, vibrant colors, but generally the trend seems to be inoffensive pastel-like hues.

Universally Beautiful

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As such, you should consider decorating your guest bedroom in a similar style to what you commonly see in hotels. Use lots of soft, cool colors that are soothing and relaxing. White is a popular choice for things like towels, bedding, and linens because white implies freshness and is bright, but not distractingly so. Blues and browns are common as well as black and grays. Use lighter colors on the walls, then more prominent colors in lesser amounts as accents.

Multipurpose Space

Multipurpose Space

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Although it’s never been a rule, many have assumed that the most well-designed and functional homes have designated rooms for different space needs. However, incorporating additional functionality such as an office area into your guest bedroom — especially if the different areas of the room are laid-off in such a way as to imply that the spaces are separate, giving the room more of an apartment feel — can make a space seem much larger and tends to remind guests of being at home.

En Suite Facilities

Whenever possible, it’s always better for your visitors to have their own bathroom, one that’s separate from those used by your home’s permanent occupants. There are many obvious reasons for this, but the most important ones are that it gives your guests more privacy and evokes more of a sense of luxury. When your guest bedroom has its own bathroom en suite, guests will think of the high-quality hotels at which they’ve stayed; being associated with five-star resorts is going to make your guest bedroom feel even more luxurious.

Don’t Overlook the Basics

As you make your guest space luxurious, it’s important not to forget the basic essentials that they’re likely to need. Although your guests will likely have cell phones to which they refer to check the time, having one or more clocks in the room, especially one on a bedside table or nightstand, is a must for any bedroom or guest room. Extra pillows and blankets are a common essential and important to have on hand as well as a mirror. Consider whether there’s ample light for your guests; having a small lamp on each bedside, on any desks, and near armchairs are basic locations where guests typically want and need light.

Don’t Overlook the Basics

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Additionally, your visitors are going to need storage for their closets such as a chest-of-drawers, an armoire, a closet, or some combination. Closet space is typically the most essential feature so guests have the option to hang their close and prevent wrinkling. A vase of flowers is a great and very personal final touch.

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