A guest bedroom is a space that has to be accommodating for just about anyone. Rather than being a room that is constantly used, it acts as a potential room, which will only be actualized when you have company that comes to stay with you. As such, decorating this space should be a matter of creating possibilities, rather than imposing your own decorative will on the room.
Put yourself in your guest’s shoes. You are traveling away from home, and nothing around you is familiar. You don’t have many of your possessions and you’re living out of a suitcase. All you want to do is find a place where you can rest your bags and feet and feel secure and safe for a few moments. That is where the guest bedroom comes in.
One of the major mistakes that people make when setting up a guest bedroom is trying to make it dual purpose. It may be tempting to fill empty drawers with out of season clothes, or to decorate dresser tops and surfaces with all of the home décor items that just don’t fit into any other spaces. However this is a mistake that can clutter the room and make it feel inherently unwelcoming to visitors.
Rather, a good guest bedroom will be largely empty with just a few functional accessories in the space to help them acclimate. Drawers should be left empty, and closets should be left mostly bare, allowing them to fold and hang and store their own clothing from the suitcase. The only items that should be left in the space are those that serve specific purposes, such as lamps, beverage coasters, alarm clocks and other similar pieces.
One of the most important elements in a guest bedroom is the bed itself. It’s a little bit strange sleeping in a stranger’s bed, so you have to do everything you can to make the experience as comfortable as possible. That means that you don’t want to just toss the oldest, rattiest mattress that you have into the room, but rather want to ensure that you have a quality comfortable setup arranged and waiting for your company.
The arrangement around the bed should be functional and simple. A night stand will give your guests a surface where they can place personal items and accessories and a decorative lamp will give them light to read by.
If you can’t afford a brand new high quality bed then you may want to look into air mattresses. They can be just as comfortable as traditional bedding options but they are a fraction of the cost. They also give you the option of deflating the piece and storing it out of the way when it is not in use.
Bedding and linens are almost as important as the bed itself. You want to make sure that there are several sets of sheets available so that guests can freshen up the bedding over long stays. Having a choice of pillows and blankets also gives them the option of customizing the arrangements to their own particular tastes.
Joey Pebble is a freelance artist, author, and designer who has been working with PebbleZ.com on the creation of interior projects and products crafted from natural materials for over nine years.