What makes a great guest room? A gracious and comfortable guest room, that is designed with attention to every detail, shows visiting family and friends just how much you care. In a guest room, less is more—more space, more comfortable, more welcoming. Clear out the clutter, keep only the most useful items, and provide space for guests to store their things. Good lighting is a must. A comfy place to sit and read, and of course a great bed with wonderful linens.
Guest rooms tend to be at the bottom of the decorating list. They shouldn’t be, because they are the one room your overnight guests will remember. Keep the design scheme simple and beautiful, one appealing to the many different people that my stay there.
Don’t use your guest room as the dumping ground for left over, hand-me-down, or odds and end furnishings. Use the same principles with your guest room as you would other rooms in your home: if something is not beautiful, functional, or convenient for how you want the space to feel and function—get rid of it!
I recently finished two guest rooms for a client of mine. See how we used items she already had, added some great new inexpensive items, and created beautiful new guest rooms anyone would love to stay in!
Guest Room #1
A good plan is essential to how a space will function and flow. This one keeps in mind the needs of guests and their comfort.
Lighting is so important in any room. We installed this contemporary semi-flush mount fixture on the ceiling in the middle of the room. Always put these fixtures on dimmer switches so your guests can adjust the light to their liking.
It all starts with the bed. My client had a good queen size box spring and mattress on a frame. We added a great tufted head board from Ballard Designs, upholstered with Pindler and Pindler java brown linen. The bedding is from Pottery Barn. Love the espresso toile! Accents of cinnamon are used around the room such as the glass ball on the bedside table and ruffled accent pillow on the bed.
Three small botanical prints simply matted and framed hang above the headboard to visually add a little more height
A mid-century modern dresser and bedside tables were updated by painting them Benjamin Moore Van Buren Brown. Swing arm lamps in an oil rubbed bronze finish are great for reading in bed. On the bedside table, a pretty wooden tissue box holder and vintage inspired alarm clock for guest comfort and convenience.
The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige, a great neutral color. Beautiful velvet drapery from Restoration Hardware hung on oil rubbed bronze hardware blend with the wall color and soften the window wall. A pair of vintage large botanical (found on clearance!) fit nicely on the wall space to the right of the windows.
Every guest room needs a place to sit, other than the bed. Here a sleek upholstered chair (I found for a steal of a price!) provides a comfortable place to read by the contemporary Walnut floor lamp. The side table (looks like a French flea market find!) is from Crate and Barrel, the perfect place for a book and cup of tea.
Here the old dresser and mirror, with its fresh Benjamin Moor Van Buren Brown paint, takes on a new updated personality. We didn’t even need to change the hardware! My client was considering getting rid of this piece, but now loves it . Sometimes you don’t know what you might have, that a simple change can make all the difference. A few accessories add personality and a luxuries feel. More cinnamon accents in the velvet pillow (fabric by Pindler and Pindler) and Robert Abbey lamp.
Guest Room #2
This guest room was a little smaller than the last, but all the components of a great guest room are accounted for here in the plan.
Again, good overhead lighting in this pretty semi-flush mount ceiling light fixture.
This chest of drawers and headboard were a part of a suite of furniture that crowed this room. We removed all but these two pieces. They were all that was necessary. A sweet tiffany style lamp, vintage perfume bottles, and the bed quilt were things my client already had that found a new home in this room.
The walls were painted Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (I love this soft blue green for a spa-like feel). A new linen bed skirt from Pottery Barn, Pillow shams made with a luxurious quilted silk from Mario & Marielena, and sweet pearl and ribbon accent pillow dress the bed. A framed floral print works great over the bed.
Love this skirted table in the corner with the beautiful lamp, ceramic tissue box holder, alarm clock, and flowers in a vase—how pretty!
Linen drapes from Restoration Hardware blend in with the wall color to envelope the room.
All that is left to complete the space is a reading chair (from Ballard Designs˜ with Stroheim fabric), floor lamp (all ready had, just needed a new shade), and small drink table (from Global Views). Soon this room will be complete for guests to arrive!
A great guest room makes friends and family that visit feel pampered, important, and loved. How does your guest room measure up?
Need help redecorating your guest room, or any other room? Contact me for a consultation, I would love to help!