Go multifunctional, if you must
While it’s nice to have a guest room dedicated specially to the visitors of your home, for some that’s just not practical. And even though you might lose some of the idyllic, ‘just-for-guests’ peacefulness, creating a multi-purpose guest room can help you in the long run if you’re house is a little short on space. For a guest room that doubles up as an extra living room or den, explore corner sofa beds as an option. These not only provide lots of seating but will offer a spacious bed for guests too. Or, for those who need a little extra space to work, choose a table that can be used as both a dressing table and a desk like this simple but tasteful Willis and Gambier Tuscan Hills Dressing Table.
Pick a theme, any theme
We’re big believers in picking a specific theme and colour scheme for your guest room, even if it’s not the way you traditionally approach decorating. Choosing a set theme can be a lot of fun and will help you really define the room’s purpose, which will make you less likely to use it as storage space. But what to go for? Well, there’s something quintessentially British about a guest room adorned with floral patterns and traditional wooden furniture, but that’s only scratching the surface of the themes you can opt for.
Flex your creative muscles by exploring a range of unusual styles using mood-boards, glossy magazines and even films for inspiration. Once you start thinking outside the box, giving yourself the freedom to explore styles outside of your usual repertoire, you’ll be bursting with ideas. You could, for example, go for a cool Japanese theme made up of straight lines, dark wood screens and pretty paper lightshades. Or perhaps a chic Brooklyn loft vibe is more you, with exposed brick (we dare you) and pendant lighting.
Choose your flowers wisely
The devil’s in the detail, so don’t hold back when it comes to all those lovely finishing touches that will make your guests’ stay at your home all the more special. For flowers, choose something that doesn’t overpower the room but looks tasteful and distinctive. In winter months, we love bunches of berries and deep green leaves – but don’t go overboard. Think a small bouquet of twigs, red and white berries and waxy leaves to give the room a gorgeous winter edge. Or go for something more unusual (and perfect for that Japanese theme we mentioned), such as delicate orchids in pale blues and pink.
Decorating a guest room is all about making a space that feels homely a little bit glamorous too. Think comfort paired with effortless style, and personality paired with tasteful design. Now there’s nothing left to do but put your interior design skills to the test and impress those guests!