How To Style The Perfect Guest Bedroom

Country Living. Photography: Penny Wincer. Styling: Ben Kendrick A comfortable and cosy bedroom is key

Country Living. Photography: Penny Wincer. Styling: Ben Kendrick

A comfortable and cosy bedroom is key to making guests feel welcome. With households in England now allowed up to six overnight guests as part of lockdown easing, many of us are prepping for long-awaited sleepovers once again.

Guest bedrooms might be used only occasionally, but you can quickly create a sense of calmness by layering colours, textures, cushions, quilts, throws and lamps. Need some guest bedroom decorating ideas? Take a look at what you can do below…

1. Opt for calming colours

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      To create a more restful atmosphere, fill your guest room with soft and soothing colours. “Nothing says relaxation more than cool colours, subtle patterns and tranquil tones,” Lucy Ackroyd, Head of Design at Christy, says.

      You’ll want to give visitors that five-star feel, so don’t forget to layer up with cosy cushions, textured throws, fresh clean towels, and a calming candle or two. To accessorise the bed like a pro, Lucy advises to opt for two pillows on each side of the bed, making sure to “fluff them up” before sitting them on top of the duvet.

      “For a guest bedroom I’d choose a neutral base and add touches of your personality and style through artwork, soft furnishings and accessories,” Emma Valerio, Partner & Home Design Stylist at John Lewis tells CL. “This way you can mix up your scheme as and when you want to.”

      2. Choose the right bed and mattress

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      Country Living. Styling Ben Kendrick and Alaina Binks. Photography by Brent Darby.

      A comfortable mattress plays a fundamental role when it comes to planning a guest bedroom. From pull-out sofa beds to larger king-size styles, choose a bed that will enable guests to sleep soundly in most positions.

      “A good quality mattress should support the whole body and allow you to drift off to sleep feeling relaxed and comfortable,” Jonathan Warren, director at bed specialist Time4Sleep, advises. “When choosing a mattress for your guest bedroom, opt for a medium firmness such as a pocket sprung mattress which holds a number of individual springs inside that move independently and therefore provides better support based on an individual’s sleeping position.”

      3. Create a luxurious grown-up space

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      Country Living. Photography by Penny Wincer. Styling and production Ben Kendrick.

      Guest bedrooms often get overlooked, with many used as dumping grounds for piles of washing and old toys. If you’re looking to truly spoil your guests, don’t be afraid to create a grown-up space that oozes charm and style. Play around with vibrant colours (think navy blue, forest green and daring red), hotel-style furnishings and touchable textures.

      “Most of us desire our guest room to be a comforting, hotel-style oasis for visitors, to give us the reassurance of knowing friends and family feel welcome and rested in our home,” Helen Shaw, UK Director at Benjamin Moore, adds. “Pared back sage greens or sky blues are great for conjuring a connection to the outdoors, which will encourage a feeling of calm for your guest.”

      4. Clear the clutter

      Get your clean on and give the space a good declutter. From the bedroom to the bathroom, it’s the little details that will make guests feel at home. According to a study conducted by Sanctuary Bathrooms, 45% of Brits would think less of someone if they had an untidy bathroom, while 1 in 3 people admitted to snooping around people’s homes when visiting.

      “At a basic level, ensure you give your bathroom a thorough clean before guests arrive and store away anything you don’t want people to see,” Richard Roberts, Director of Sanctuary Bathrooms, says.

      “A neat trick to reassure guests about hygiene, and avoid risk of germs, is to provide separate miniature or refillable soaps and hand gels, as well as different coloured or patterned fresh towels, so that the guest ones are different to the main household users.”

      5. Make guests feel welcome

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      Make guests feel instantly relaxed by paying attention to thoughtful details. Items such as toothpaste, soap, shower gel and a hair dryer are great to pop in a little basket for visitors to use. It’s a simple way to make them feel right at home, while also providing them with ease in case they have forgotten anything. For that ultimate five-star feel, leave welcome flowers on the bed or a stack of magazines for them to flick through.

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      6. Spruce up the space with plants

      Houseplants — whether cacti or a giant Swish Cheese — will always brighten up a tired-looking corner. The ultimate finishing touch, no guest room is complete without them. And, if you’re lacking a few green fingers, propping up some artificial plants is never a bad idea.

      “Plants always make a wonderful finishing touch, but if you’re worried about the maintenance then go for an artificial plant or a bunch of flowers,” Emma tells us.

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