Guest Bedroom Decorating Ideas & Furniture Tips

Think about your favorite hotel stays. What furniture did you find essential and homey? This is a good place to start as you plan what furniture to include in your spare room. By utilizing multipurpose furniture items, you will be able to create a relaxing space without breaking the bank. Here are five essential furniture items you will need to create the perfect guest room:

1. Comfortable Bed 
A good night’s sleep is key to helping guests feel comfortable and relaxed. While you might not want to spend a lot of money on a bed that is infrequently used, make sure you are investing in a mattress that you would be happy sleeping on yourself. Top the bed with a nice set of sheets and pillows in a variety of different sizes, shapes, and firmness to make it extra inviting and comfortable.

Prelude at Oro Ridge Plan 7524 Guest Bedroom
Lyric at Tribute Layla Plan Guest Room

2. Nightstand With Light
Nightstands allow guests to keep anything they may need throughout the night, such as a glass of water or their cell phone, within an arm’s reach. Be sure to place a lamp with a hand-operated switch on the nightstand to make it easy for guests to get into bed without having to stumble around in the dark.

Novato Plan 6 Guest Room
Oleander Plan 3 Guest Room

3. Drawers and Storage
Allow your guests to unpack and unwind, without constantly tripping over their luggage, by providing storage space within the room. Small dressers allow enough space for guests to put away clothes in the drawers. They can be used as a stand-alone piece or doubled as a nightstand if you are tight on space. If you have a closet in the room, have it clear and set with empty hangars.

Cane Island Plan 6020 Guest Bedroom
Wood Leaf Reserve 40' Plan 3059 Guest Bedroom

4. Table or Desk Space
Include a small side table or desk so that guests can spread out their smaller items or can have a space to work if necessary.

Orchard Trails Plan 3 Guest Room
Patria Plan 3 Guest Bedroom

5. Extra Seating
Not everyone enjoys sitting on a bed while getting ready or organizing their things. If you have space, include a bench or a comfy chair so that your guests have a place other than the bed to kick back and relax. These pieces of furniture can also double as extra storage or luggage stands.

Gallery at The Canyons Emerson Plan Guest Bedroom
Luxe at The Canyons Stonehaven Plan Guest Bedroom

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin furnishing your guest space:


  • ​Arrange for maximized open space. Keep large areas clear so it’s easy to get luggage in and out. Make sure guests can easily walk from the door to the bed and that there is plenty of room to maneuver around each piece of furniture.
  • Place nightstands and tables near outlets. Keep outlets accessible so that it is easy to plug in devices. If possible, try to place desks and tables near outlets so guests can plug in while they work. Make sure there is also an outlet close to the bed and nightstand so that guests can keep their phone closed while charging overnight.
  • Create a space to relax. Make your guest room a place for visitors to decompress and have some alone time. Keep blankets easily accessible and place curtains on the windows so that exhausted traveling guests can take a midday nap. Also consider having a television or a good selection of books in the room for personal entertainment.

Once you have the space arranged the way you like, you can move on to decorating the room. When choosing your decorations, you can use items in a style like the rest of your house, or you can use the space for experimenting with different styles and pieces that have been catching your eye. 

Style Ideas for the Perfect Guest Room

Hosting guests in your home can be a stressful experience, particularly around the holidays. However, it becomes much easier with a dedicated extra bedroom outfitted with everything visitors need to be comfortable. Put your best hosting foot forward with these five creative ideas for how to style the perfect spare room. 

Boho vibrant
Many homeowners opt for a neutral guest bedroom and miss the opportunity to showcase their style. Don’t let your guests be reminded of a hotel: Keep this space contemporary and funky with a bohemian theme. This aesthetic benefits from a mismatched assortment of patterns and textures, so let your imagination run wild. Use accent pillows and throw blankets with bold colors and patterns, and clash them productively with tapestries, area rugs, or wall prints. Plants are a lovely way to make a spare room seem warm and welcoming: Try hanging a pothos by a window or succulents on a bedside table for lived-in comfort. Wood, macrame, fabric, and cozy textures like velvet create a bohemian ambiance where all styles can be welcome. 

Boho Vibrant Bedroom Style Getty Images

Accent wall 
Draw guests’ eyes towards a room’s focal point by accenting one wall through a distinctive paint color, wallpaper, textured paint, or patterned wood trim. For smaller spaces, it’s best to accent the wall behind the bed, while larger guest rooms can accent with a small desk, chair, or seating area. Choose your accent based on the mood you’re trying to create: A deep green gives a vibrant, calming touch, while a busy wallpaper pattern trends more quaint or quirky. 

Accent Wall Color Bedroom Style Getty Images

Super coordinated
For an impeccably coordinated guest room, choose one pattern or design theme and repeat it all over the room. A black and white color scheme — whether in stripes, polka dots, or marbled swirls — creates a design that is both minimalistic and striking. Bonus points: White and black furniture and home goods are incredibly easy to find at any home decor retailer. Wall decals or stickers offer a no-mess way to accent a blank wall without the trouble of painting or wallpapering. A black or white basket on a bedside table is a perfect space to stash helpful items your guests might have forgotten, like travel-sized toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and hand towels. 

Black and White Bedroom Style Getty Images

Cool monochrome
For styling with ease, choose one color to coordinate on the walls, bed linens, and accent furniture. Different colors promote different moods: Grays or whites are clean and sophisticated, blues are relaxing and cozy, and reds are energizing and fiery. To keep your guest room from becoming one-note, vary the texture and finish of your single color across the room. You can draw guests’ eyes and welcome them with pops of color from contrasting stacks of color-coordinated books, fresh or faux flowers, or a bright accent chair. . 

Monochromatic Concrete Bedroom Interior Style Getty Images

Antique chic
Conjure the magic of a quaint bed-and-breakfast by outfitting a guest room with a brass bed frame, floral patterns, and cozy furniture with sophisticated finishes. An antique chic guest room can showcase older furniture designs like a space-sensible daybed or fainting couch, a mirrored vanity, or a cozy loveseat. Don’t be afraid to use distressed paint furniture or mix-and-match vintage pieces for a shabby-chic appeal. 

Contemporary Antique Chic Bedroom Style Getty Images

Though homeowners spend far less time in guest bedrooms than primary ones, spare bedrooms are still an important component of a home — and a wonderful opportunity to showcase your personal style. Thankfully, homes at Shea Homes® offer ample space and additional bedrooms so you can host with ease. These simple extra bedroom styles are easy for any homeowner to pull off and are sure to keep guests happy, comfortable, and sleeping in style.

Completing Your Guest Bedroom

No matter what style you choose to decorate with, be sure to include small touches that will help make your guests feel more at home. Freshen the space with live flowers or plants and put the Wi-Fi password on the desk for easy reference. Leave out bottles of water, towels, and essential toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, razors, etc.) for your guests to use during their stay. All of these extra amenities will make your guests more comfortable, and they will be thankful you took the extra time to make sure they felt at home.

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