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How to Decorate a Guest Bedroom

Hosting family and friends in your home is always exciting, and always prompts your household to be on its best, most inviting behavior. From cleaning and meal planning to drafting up a sightseeing list, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into hosting overnight guests. Whether you have ample space or a single spare room, it’s important to ready your guest room with everything needed to make your visitors feel comfortable. Simple comforts and thoughtful touches will make a stay in your guest bedroom feel like a vacation. Bring together all the elements that make visitors feel at home, from luxury bedding to basic amenities. Stick around to learn more about what makes a great guest bedroom and discover tips that will help you become the hostess with the mostest.

Color Palette

The ideal guest room color palette is a sea of calming neutrals and cool colors. Toned-down blues and greens encourage a relaxing atmosphere, while creamy neutrals like white, grey, and beige add a subtle contrast to dark furniture finishes. The idea is to create an open escape that’s easy to decorate and versatile.

Guest Bedroom Must-Haves

Full-length mirror for welcoming guest room ideas

Full-Length Mirror

A full-length mirror is a design-savvy accessory for your guest room. It creates the illusion of more space and gives guests a way to check their appearance before leaving the room. Place a free-standing mirror in the corner, or fix a mountable one to a wall or the back of the bedroom door if space is limited.

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Ironing board for welcoming guest room ideas

Ironing Board

An ironing board is the perfect solution for freshening up clothes that have become crinkled in a suitcase. Give your guests a way to look their best with an extra ironing board and iron in the guestroom. To conserve space, consider a small tabletop ironing board that conveniently rests atop the bed or dresser.

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Extra lighting for welcoming guest room ideas

Extra Lighting

Though your guest room might have an overhead light, it’s always smart to provide extra task lighting. This not only makes the room welcoming and uplifting, but also lets your guests customize the lighting to their needs. Include a bedside lamp for easy reading, and consider plugging in a nightlight for nighttime navigation.

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Accent chair for welcoming guest room ideas

Accent Chair

An accent chair keeps your visitors from feeling confined to the bed when unpacking their bag or getting ready in the morning. Give guests a place to sit while putting on their shoes or enjoying a good book with an accent chair. Opt for a club chair to make them feel like they have their own living area, or choose a pouf ottoman if space is tight.

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