designing your guest bedroom

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By Window Works Contributor Laura Thurman

It’s that time of year where you will inevitably be having guests over. Whether it’s friends or family, you may find yourself with a full house. The one room I find that is frequently neglected in a home is the guest bedroom. You don’t often think about it, but you know it’s there. When you get the call someone is coming into town you scramble to organize it.

Wouldn’t it be nice having peace of mind knowing that the guest bedroom is set and ready for hosting? If you apply these three principles it will ensure you are not only welcoming your guest, but making them feel relaxed and at ease in your home.

guest bedroom design

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1st – Comfort

There’s nothing like plopping down on a nice comfy bed! No one wants to sleep on a rough, ripply mattress or scratchy sheets. Be sure your guest bedroom is layered with soft touchable textiles. First, ground the room with a nice area rug. Don’t be afraid to place a rug even over carpet.

Next, give your guests the option to use heavier or lighter bedding. Start with your sheets, then a coverlet and lastly place your comforter/blanket at the foot of the bed. More is less, or less is more your guest can choose.

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2nd – Function

Take inventory of the items you have in your master bedroom. Can you have most of, if not all, those elements in the guest bedroom as well? Two of the best pieces of furniture for a guest bedroom are a desk and side chair. The desk can be used to do work (since we all work on the go these days) or as a vanity for the ladies.

A side chair is a nice accent piece of furniture, great for reading and relaxing. These furniture items make the room feel less like an afterthought and more like another seamlessly designed room in your home.

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3rd – Ambiance

Set the tone of the room by introducing elements that create a warm and soothing ambiance. Most bedrooms have at least one overhead light and perhaps you’ve placed a table lamp in the room. You could leave the bedside table lamp or even layer in wall sconces. These are perfect reading lights and add a touch of elegance to the space. Candles and oil diffusers are also wonderful accents.

fall preparations

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Keep in mind everyone’s sense of smell varies. So you don’t want to overpower the space. I created a blog post dedicated to “Fall Scents” for the home. Sharing tips on how to select the right scent and not be overpowering. Read post here: Fall-ify Your Home: Part V – Fall Scents for the Home.

guest bedrooms

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Here is a quick GUEST BEDROOM CHECKLIST to help make your hosting a little bit easier. If you found these tips helpful please snap a picture of your beautiful guest bedroom and tag us on Instagram @thurmandesign we’d love to see your space!

Till our next post,

Laura Thurman


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