This week we are sharing how to decorate your guest bedroom so you can create a space that offers a home-away-from-home experience for your guests.
Beautiful bed linen, gently fragranced pillows, black-out blinds, a plush bathrobe and inviting lighting are just some of the elements that combine to create a memorable stay.
The 7 styling principles we are sharing today can be applied to any bedroom in your home, however, it is the smaller details and combination of all these tips that will create a lasting impression for your guests.
// 1. Calming Colour Palette // 2. Furniture & Storage // 3. Soft Furnishings & Bedding // 4. Lighting
// 5. Accessories: Loved, Living, Lustre // 6. Bedside Rugs// 7. Window Treatments
STYLING TIP #1: Select your Colour Palette
Creating a serene and harmonious space begins with the colour palette.
Select a foundation that is calm, soothing and allows the eyes to rest.
Transform your existing furniture to suit the room with a few coats of our favourite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This can be done for your bedsides, chest of drawers and even lamp bases, for a new look.
Dark & Moody
Create a cocoon-like feel with deep violets, blues, graphite and black accents for an intimate and cozy space.
Muted celadon greens, duck-egg blues, pale pinks and lavender allow the eyes to soften and promote restful sleep.
Photo Source: Catherine Kwong Design
Photo Source: Suzie Anderson Home
A monochromatic colour palette is streamlined, harmonious and unfussy, allowing textural elements and prints to truly shine.
Chalky whites, ivory, taupe, tan, warm greys & clay colours, layered alongside natural textures create an earthy & serene environment.
Photo Source: Mark Cunningham
Photo Source: Jenni Kayne
STYLING TIP #2: Bedroom Furniture & Storage
When selecting furniture, consider the rooms primary purpose. If your guest bedroom is strictly used for sleeping, then a generously size bed and statement bedhead can be the star of the room.
However, if the space serves a dual-purpose as a home office, games room or living space, consider a smaller day bed or sofa bed, allowing for ample room for additional furniture.
- Mirrors: Include a full length and shorter wall mounted mirror so that guests can get ready in the morning.
- Bedside tables: structured bedside tables with hidden storage to hold a candle, alarm clock, table lamp or water carafe.
- Storage: Luggage holders, coat stands and hooks with good quality hangers serve well so that guests can store or hang clothes.
- Additional seating: An inviting armchair, pouff, or comfortable desk chair so that longer staying guests can read or perform routine tasks in the comfort of their own room. An end-of-bed bench or ottoman offers somewhere to place luggage, extra blankets, towels, or a tea-tray.
- Shop your home: Repurpose, reinvent and re-use! Don't have an existing bedside? Swap for a footstool, chest or low-sitting chair. Don't have a small desk? Swap for a narrow console or built-in ledge. Don't have a built-in wardrobe? Swap for a coat-stand, or wall-mounted hooks.
- Bed & Bedhead: The essential piece is always a comfortable bed. Layer with a tufted headboard and dress in quality bedding to create a customisable level of comfort.
STYLING TIP #3: Cozy & Plush Soft Furnishings and Bedding
Enhance your bedroom with timeless textures and materials such as cozy sheepskins, super soft bedding, and decorative cushions and throws for an added element of cultivated comfort. Some of our favourite fabrics are Belgian linen, silk, velvet and simple crisp cottons for that hotel feel.
- Throws: Keep an additional light-weight throw, sprawled across your end-of-bed ottoman or armchair to allow guests to curl up. Our all-time favourite are the Brogo super soft micro mink blankets.
- Bedding: start with your mattress topper/protector, pillow protectors, fitted and bottom sheet. Finish the bed with a beautiful bedspread, comforter or quilt, a soft blanket and some gorgeous cushions to add visual interest and tie-in with your colour palette.
- Bonus Tip: Opt for a fully Customisable Pillow: One of our most-loved bedroom finds of 2021 is the At-last Pillow that offers 3 different customisable height options, guaranteeing an personalised level of support and comfort.
- Bath Towels: Our rule of thumb is 2 Face Towels, 2 Hand-towels and Two Bath Towels per person. Investing in beautiful, quality-made, plush towels will add longevity.
STYLING TIP #4: Add Ambience & Warmth with Lighting
Layers of light are also important in the bedroom. You need task light for reading, ceiling light on dimmers for overall everyday light, and low-level lighting ambience.
- Accent lighting: If your bedside lacks space, swap a table lamp for an adjustable sconce light instead.
- Ambient lighting: Statement overhead lighting, ceiling pendants, drum pendants or LED's on a dimmer.
- Task lighting: A bedside table or floor lamp positioned near your additional seating serves as your primary light source for reading and soft illumination. Task lighting also allows you to showcase your unique design flair, with unique lamp bases and pops of colour.
- Candles: Adding a pre-lit gently scented candles will both make the space smell amazing, while illuminating in any darker corners of the bedroom.
STYLING TIP #5: Accessories: Loved, Living, Lustre
When selecting your guest bedroom accessories, consider items that you would appreciate if you were a guest in someones home, air bnb or hotel-experience.
Select a curated mix of functional and purely aesthetic items that reflects your own individual style, while providing a welcoming, comfortable experience for your guests.
Add a small vase of fresh flowers or fresh cut greenery on the bedside for when guests arrive.
A bedside or tea-tray, wall-mounted artwork, coffee table books or magazines. A lightly-fragrant candle, diffuser or oil-burner.
Something with Lustre:
Picture frame, glossy ceramic or vases, water carafes with stackable tumblers and coasters, candleholders, silent tick alarm clock and hand mirror.
If your space serves as an airbnb or caters to longer-staying guests, consider a mini bar + coffee/tea station. A welcoming 'gift basket': toothbrush & toothpaste, travel size candle, toiletries, pillow-spray, chocolate or yummy snacks! A plush bath-robe and disposable slippers.
Rattan tissue boxes, lint roller, small fan, lined waste bins. A Pen and Pad with a copy of your wifi password.
Phone chargers, power strip and extension cords. A small first aid kit. A small ironing board and laundry basket for longer staying guests.
STYLING TIP #6: Add Comfort Underfoot: Bedside Rugs
- Little Luxuries: A plush, fluffy sheepskin rug is the perfect anecdote for the colder winter months.
- Nook rugs: designed for even the smallest of spaces, the Armadillo nook Rugs are perfect for placing at the bedside.
- Cotton Dhurrie: add a pop of colour with a light-weight dhurrie rug. They are easy to clean and serve as a vibrant accent.
STYLING TIP #7: Window Treatments
- Light-filled & invigorating: soft white semi-sheer blinds or curtains allows natural light to diffuse into the space.
- Cozy & luxe: For the ultimate restful space that absorbs sound, hang some floor to ceiling curtains or thick blackout blinds.
Use an eye-catching lighting fixture to elevate the room & make it the focal point.
Lighting changes how we see a space and how we feel when we are in that space.
There are 4 main lighting styles; Accent Lighting, Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting and Mood Lighting. Use accent lights such as wall sconces to frame an artwork, mirror or mantelpiece. Ambient lighting is fundamental to a properly lit room and provides the overall illumination through lighting fixtures such as Ceiling Pendants and Chandeliers.
Task Lighting brightens areas where routine tasks are performed and makes a nice addition to the ambient lighting throughout your home. Task lighting includes adjustable floor or table lamps. Lastly, Mood Lighting is where you can get creative with pretty candleholders, hurricane lamps or decorative lights that function both as decorative objects and provide soft illumination.