Your guest room may not be the most actively used space in the home, but it certainly isn't the least important. After all, you want your overnight guests to feel welcome, comfortable, and as relaxed as possible from the moment they arrive. вЂњWhen you are entertaining overnight guests, think of making the guest bedroom a relaxing retreat for them,вЂќ suggests Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO of Inspire Me Home Decor.
Creating a special space for your close friends and family doesn't have to take a huge budget. In fact, many of the things that will transform your space from habitable to homey might already be in your possession. Here are 13 easy ways to create a warm and inviting guest room, according to interior design experts.В
Get Creative With the HeadboardSociety6 Cheetah Crush Wall Tapestry $86Shop
You don't have to splurge on an expensive bed frame to create a totally chic sleeping situation. Katie Stix, IIDA, Partner, Design Director, LEED Green Associate at Anderson Design Studio suggests creating a faux headboard by using a beautiful piece of fabric, tapestry, or folding screen behind a metal bed frame. вЂњThis way, you can create a 'headboard' without the expense of a fully upholstered frame.вЂќВ
Don't Overlook LinensTarget Printed Pattern Easy Care Percale Cotton Sheet Set $20Shop
Try and avoid making your guest beds with your old, ratty linens. вЂњDon't underestimate the power of the bedding,вЂќ reminds Merhi. вЂњIt's what makes the bedroom the retreat your guests deserve.вЂќ There are so many great options for guest linens at every price point. вЂњShopping at stores like HomeGoods or Target will allow you to find bedding like sheet sets, duvet covers, and even comforter sets at great deals,вЂќ she suggests.
Dress Up the Bed With Throw Pillows and BlanketsBrooklinen Pure Wool Throw Blanket $229Shop
Nothing transforms a bed from comfy to utterly cozy better than adding a few chic throw pillows and blankets to the mix. вЂњFinish off by styling the bed with plush decorative pillows and a plush throw blanket for an inviting and cozy feel,вЂќ says Merhi.В
Don't Forget a NightstandTarget Amaranthus Curved White Marble Top End Table with Brass Base $100Shop
Just like any bedroom, nightstands are an essential for your guest bedroom. вЂњYour guests are going to want to place their knick-knacks, their books, drinks, etc. near the bed,вЂќ Merhi points out. You can either go the traditional route and get an actual nightstand, or use an oversized side table on both or one side of the bed. вЂњYour guests don't need much storage, so drawers and cabinet doors are not necessary,вЂќ explains. Merhi. вЂњAs long as they have a tabletop, they will be all set.вЂќ
Create an Ambiance With LightingBirchlane Danica 23" Table Lamp $64Shop
вЂњI believe lighting is essential in creating a vibe,вЂќ says Stix, who suggests making an impactful impression by leaving a bedside light on when the guest arrives. вЂњWalking into a dimly lit room is a simple (and inexpensive!) way to make a guest feel welcome and super cozy!вЂќ she says. Merhi agrees that a bedside lamp is a must-have for any guest room. вЂњTable lamps allow for a warm glow in the room, but also act as a night light for your guests,вЂќ she adds.В В
Add a Beautiful BenchWayfair Rickey Upholstered Bench $200Shop
A couple of stools or a bench at the foot of the bed are a great way to give any room a finished look. вЂњIt's also a place for your guests to sit and maybe put their shoes on before heading out, and a place to put their clothes at night,вЂќ Merhi points out.
Add a Coat of Pretty Paint
вЂњOne of the easiest and least expensive ways to update a room is with a new coat of paint,вЂќ Sue Wadden, director of color marketing or Sherwin-Williams points out. She suggests choosing colors purposefully. For example, a cool blue like Sherwin Williams North Star is refreshing and universally liked, so guests will be drawn to your space and feel at home. Alternately, rich oranges and reds add visual warmth to a room. Or, a an incredibly pale pink tone like Malted Milk gives a neutral beige a modern twist.
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to update a room is with a new coat of paint."
Add Some Homey Itemskai Travel Set $49Shop
There's no better way to make your guests feel at home than by providing all the home essentials. вЂњEven if you are 'borrowing' another room for a temporary guest room, make sure you have the niceties-preferably grouped together on a pretty tray-Kleenex, carafe and glass for water, pen and pad of paper, and an iPhone charger!вЂќ suggest Nancy Hooff & Carter Kay of Carter Kay Interiors. Other ideas include bathrobes, slippers, a basket filled with toiletries in case they forgot something, or even a fan.В
Artfully AccessorizeAmazon Metal Flower Vase, Set of 2 $25Shop
вЂњUse leftover items from around the home to establish an eclectic vibe,вЂќ suggests Stix. For example, if the side tables aren't the same height, use coffee table books to raise up the lamp. Vases, collected art, and extra framed photos work too.
Hang Non-Custom CurtainsWest Elm Worn Velvet Curtain $109+Shop
You don't have to invest in expensive draperies for your guests to enjoy simple luxuries such as privacy, protection from blinding light, and sound dampening. вЂњPre-made drapery panels that you can buy online or off the shelf are a great way of creating a cozy vibe without the cost of custom window treatments,вЂќ explains Stix. Her expert tip? вЂњDouble up on the panels; using two panels per side to create a luxurious fullness!вЂќВ
Infuse the Room With ScentBrooklinen Magic Hour Candle $35Shop
Adding a subtle scent is a great way to give a guestroom life. You can do this with a great candle, room spray, or a diffuser. Just make sure the scent isn't too overwhelming for those with sensitive noses.В
Fashion the FloornuLoom Natura Collection Chunky Loop Jute Rug, 6' x 9' $101Shop
While you might not want to spend a lot of money on floor treatments, adding a rug or two will definitely up the comfort level. For a super cozy feel on a frugal budget, think about throwing down a simple sisal type rug and then layering a few inexpensive sheepskin rugs or smaller patterned rugs on top.В
Don't Forget GreeneryFarmgirl Flowers The Frond Zone $69Shop
Plants or flowers-real or fake-are a great way to add life to a room. These days, there are so many great options of truly impressive faux foliage. You can also dry out live flowers and style them in a vase.В
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