Whether you have company arriving for a visit or want to design a
room that offers more space to relax in your home, the spare bedroom is
an excellent opportunity to explore trending design elements. The room
is there, waiting for you to try a few simple but creative ideas to make
everyone feel at home.
It all starts with deciding on your color base. Use the guest bedroom
as a place to test new colors in your home. A bold gray-and-yellow
combo makes a statement, or use lighter wall colors, such as aqua, to
create a soothing atmosphere. Select a clean, white-walled bedroom to
provide an open and refreshing space for guests, or try a vibrant hue,
such as orange, to create a fun, bold space in your home.
Whether the room has hardwood flooring and area rugs or you choose
new carpeting, keep it neutral to provide a strong base for furniture
and accents. If you have a hardwood floor, select a dark or light stain
to add depth to the natural coloring. Remember to keep your wall color
in mind when deciding on the color of flooring, especially if you want
the colors to play off each other. Use area rugs for texture, pattern
and an additional pull to draw your guests in. The flooring is the
foundation on which to build your room design, so take time to explore
After your room is painted and ready, keep the color of your flooring
and walls in mind when deciding on the furniture. Turn to magazines or
online searches for inspiration. Use furniture you have in the home in
new ways, or find new, one-of-a-kind pieces. Imagine a light, airy guest
room with a dose of vintage charm and an antique iron bed.
Custom-painted furniture and plush fabrics to contrast with your new
wall colors can add to a relaxed ambiance. You'll want to curl up in
your own guest room for reading and an escape during the day. If you
have a pair of twin beds, cover them in the same fabrics and add a
charming armchair to unify the room and offer seating. The possibilities
and combinations are endless; have fun with it!
Selecting the bedding is the icing on the cake. Be bold and brighten
up a room with playful patterns and vivid colors, or stick to a
corresponding palette to tie patterns together. Use a variety of pillows
and fabrics, like quilts and throw blankets, for plush accents. Try
tribal patterns and designs inspired by traditional Asian and African
motifs, which are trending. Classic black and white are also hot colors
in bedding. Whether you decide on traditional floral patterns or mod
stripes, this is the best part - find the perfect look for your bedding
to tie your design together.
This is it: the big finish. But don't go overboard in the guest room
with accessories. Even if you go in the direction of more dramatic
design versus casual comfort, be sure to choose simple items that have
great impact on your overall decor. Traditional accents like colorful
table lamps, bookshelves stocked with great reads, beautifully framed
mirrors, and useful wicker baskets keep the space feeling cozy and
classic. Keep the wicker baskets stocked with adorable new soaps, petite
shampoos and conditioners, new toothbrushes, and even new books and
magazines to make your guests feel right at home.