From getting the most out of your existing space to considering the needs of your usual visitors, create the kind of guest bedroom that nobody will ever want to leave.
When it comes to spare rooms, most people tend to just look for a basic bed and fill the rest of their space with random furniture and decorative items.
But you're not like that, are you? We bet you're looking to create the kind of room that can rival a hotel but with an extra sense of coziness.
To help you do that while also showcasing some personality through the actual decor, our interior design experts are about to show you a wide range of guest bedroom ideas to experiment with.
1. Consider some wallpaper…
Wallpaper is an excellent way of breathing some life into your new guest bedroom while also keeping your palette consistent: just be sure to choose a pattern that involves at least one of your main colors.
For a balanced effect, consider limiting your wallpaper to a single wall.
While we love the look of this room, placing monochrome furniture against patterned walls tends to be a much safer decorative option.
2. … or even some wooden walls
To anyone who thinks they’re outdated, we’d like to remind that wood paneling has recently made a comeback!
And, regardless of current trends, it can be a timeless choice that reinforces the coziness of your guest bedroom. Plus, it’ll help keep it warm thanks to its insulating properties.
White furniture and decorative items like these bedsheets will look divine against warmer or darker wood panels.
3. Make it modern
With its clean lines and a focus on function and storage, modern interiors are always a good idea, and they can help you blend style and a cozy familiar atomosphere in your guest bedroom.
Geometric patterns will work wonders, too.
4. Make the most of a small room’s layout
Be realistic when it comes to layout and size: instead of trying to cram the usual pieces of furniture into this room, plan it strategically and measure everything first.
For example, this room gets rid of nightstands to fit a big enough bed and swaps table lamps for thinner floor options.
Also, try and use as much white as you can: it’ll make your tiny bedroom appear a little airier.
5. Bring your guest bedroom to life with some plants
Adding a plant (or quite a few, as you can see in this example) will instantly convey a welcoming and lived-in feel.
Some houseplants that are particularly indicated for bedrooms are snake plants, pothos, spider plants, rubber plants, and heart leaf philodendron.
6. Think outside the box when it comes to design
Surprise your guests with some furniture and functional pieces that go beyond the most common designs and shapes.
For example, check out this minimalist nightstand. And how about painting one of your walls in more than one color, like this creative geometric section?
7. Give your guests plenty of privacy
Obviously, being able to offer them an entire room is already an upgrade from a traditional sofa bed.
Still, if you’d like to give your guests even more privacy (especially if you have two separate beds in the same room), you could consider a design with a curtain.
Another more flexible alternative could be a room divider between two beds.
8. Get smart with dual use furniture
Whether that’s to save space or avoid spending more money on something that only get used occasionally, you can scout for some multi-purpose furniture pieces and items for your guest bedroom.
9. Make it majestic
If you’re already planning on spoiling your guests, impress them right from the start by making their bedroom as lush as the rest of your home.
10. Who doesn’t love a nostalgic bedroom?
Make your guests feel as if they’ve traveled back in time to their own childhood room!
Consider sticking to a natural wood bedframe or a more ornate metal design, and choose bedsheets or cushions with some timeless patterns like this floral motif.
11. Mix patterns and monochrome elements
Instead, we recommend alternating patterns and monochrome items: for example, patterned wallpaper, a bedframe in a uniform finish, patterned cushions like in this neutral example, and monochrome bedsheets.
12. Add a shabby chic twist
This decor style is guaranteed to create a more feminine and nostalgic atmosphere in your guest bedroom.
Try and incorporate white and some pastel or muted tones, choose distressed wood finishes, include some floral motifs, and introduce a few delightful decorative items.
Alternatively, metal beds in more elaborate and gentle designs can be extremely shabby chic, too.
13. Plan it around the right number of guests
When planning a guest room, we’re used to picturing a single or double bed, and that might very well be all you need.
However, try and think of who you’ll tend to invite over the most. For example, if it’s a family member with a partner and some kids, it’d make more sense to plan your guest room around them by relying on space-saving solutions like bunk beds.
14. Surprise them with a platform bed
If you don’t need to hide a few extra boxes and bits and bobs underneath the bedframe, you could consider a minimalist platform bed for your guest bedroom.
It’ll instantly make your room look taller and more spacious. Not only do platform beds keep your mattress cool and ventilated by improving air flow, but they mean that you won’t even need to purchase a separate box spring!
15. The entire wall can be a work of art
It’s common practice to hang a picture or painting above one’s headboard, but, as you can see, you can always think outside the box.
That same section of wall could be turned into an eye-catching masterpiece that complements the rest of your palette.
Be sure to balance it out by having the rest of your walls in a light color or, even better, white.
16. Make your guest feel as if they’re staying in a hotel
Start by creative a cohesive palette and, if introducing more than one bed, a symmetrical layout like in this stunning bedroom.
You also want to make the beds look inviting and elegant, so opt for some white cotton or linen sheets for a luxurious hotel feel and add plenty of cushions.
But remember: it’s all about details! Maybe you could include some small beauty items, chocolates, and a refreshment station?
17. You can never have enough wood
Not only does wood work with most decor styles (depending on its finish), but it has the power of inspiring a cozy and inviting atmosphere when used abundantly.
It’s also a beautiful natural option and can help keep the room warmer.
Plus, when relying on wooden walls and/or floors, you’ll make your guests feel as if they’re staying in a special log cabin.
18. Let your guests enjoy the view
Mountains, hills, trees, the sea, or even your curated garden: if your guest bedroom is on a side of your house that overlooks some kind of scenery, you most certainly don’t want to hide it.
So, plan the position of your furniture wisely, and opt for curtains or shades that can easily be opened completely.
19. Will you spoil them with a fireplace?
Whether or not the fireplace in your spare room is still functional, it’ll help you create a cozy ambiance.
The fireplace itself isn’t enough, though: it all depends on how you decorate it.
Use the mantelpiece to showcase a curated selection of items and the area above it for some relevant wall decor (maybe a mirror or some charming artwork).
20. Small touches make all the difference
Once you’ve got your main furniture sorted out, it’s time to bring you guest bedroom idea to life. After all, you don’t want it to feel like a dead room that never gets used!
We recommend including a few decorative items like you would in your own bedroom and some other thoughtful touches like a vase of fresh flowers.
21. Get creative with the actual headboard
Another alternative to the usual picture above the bed is to turn the headboard itself into an attention-grabbing statement.
You can find XL headboards that go well beyond the usual 14-58” and even some that reach the actual ceiling like this majestic design.
One thing’s for sure: your guests will never feel uncomfortable when sitting up to read in bed!
22. Inject some personality through your wall decor
As well as adding some decorative items on shelves and the top surface of your main furniture pieces, don’t forget about the actual walls.
You could even create a separate theme for this bedroom or wow your guests with some unusual decor, much like these tennis rackets.
Other ordinary items that you could turn into unforgettable wall decor are wicker baskets, hats, macrame compositions, or fans.
23. How about some creative lamps?
In most cases, we just place traditional lamps on top of nightstands without even thinking about it, but this can be yet another occasion to showcase your creativity and spruce up your interiors.
For example, you could consider a freestanding option, wall-mounted reading lights, or even a hanging design like in this stylish example.
24. Go on, and get a poster bed!
What better way to make your friends and family feel like royal guests than by welcoming them with a fancy poster bed all to themselves?!
If your spare room isn’t the largest, consider a streamlined model and try to rely on a mostly white palette to inspire a sense of space.
Otherwise, you can even introduce some decorative curtains.
25. Create a strong palette
Instead of adding new pieces as and when you find them, start by working towards a specific palette. That way, you’ll obtain a cohesive room that looks curated and tidy.
The safest choice is to use white or a very light neutral color as your base, a muted shade as your secondary hue, and a brighter one as an accent, but you can always experiment to find your own style.
26. Include a mirror for your guests…
Wall mirrors tend to be the most popular option in spare rooms, especially when placed above a dresser or chest of drawers.
We can’t deny that nothing beats the elegance of large freestanding options, though! Plus, they can even make your room seem a little wider and airier.
The key part is looking for a frame design and finish that actually complement your palette and overall decor style.
27. … and a desk, if relevant
A desk in your spare room can come in handy if you tend to have guests over for more than a short weekend.
It’ll give them their own space to get productive, which is especially handy if they study or work from home occasionally.
At the same time, it’ll also translate into an additional work area for yourself and your other family members whenever that room is empty.
28. Add some pictures or art
While we can see why you’d want to keep your favorite artwork in your living room and one in your bedroom, don’t leave your guest room walls bare and empty!
Introduce at least one large picture or painting.
Even better, base your palette around it, if you can. Have you noticed how the books placed right underneath this artwork include some of the same hues?
29. Stick to neutral tones
If the rest of your home showcases some curated contemporary interiors, you could maintain the same style in your guest bedroom, too.
The safest option is to choose clean lines, furniture with streamlined shapes, and neutral shades like white, gray, and black.
You can then introduce a more colorful hue as an accent, just like these light-blue pillows.
30. Make your guest bedroom symmetrical
The easiest way to make your spare room look well-planned and tidy right from the start is to create a symmetrical layout.
You can do so by positioning a double bed in the middle of the room and a nightstand on each side (perhaps with some artwork or a shelf above it, too) or by placing two smaller beds strategically like in this example.