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Guest bedroom ideas – 5 ways to make a room inviting for visitors

Looking for guest bedroom ideas to wow visitors when they come to stay? Then look no further.

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.’about:blank

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.

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