Throw in some accessories, add a seating area, and you have a guest room that won’t look like a dump – Economic Times

December 13, 2021 by No Comments

When suitcase-toting friends and relatives arrive on your doorstep during the holidays, or at any other time of year, it’s good to have a welcoming place to put them, somewhat removed from the fray of everyday life.

“Traveling can be a stressful experience, so it’s nice to offer your guests a place to relax and recharge,” said Sean Anderson, an interior designer based in Memphis, Tennessee. “It’s about being mindful of who your guests are and how they live so they’re calm and at peace when they’re staying in your home.”

That’s where a well-designed guest room — if you’re fortunate enough to have the space — can make a big difference.

Because guest rooms are used less frequently than other rooms, they can end up being a dumping ground for unwanted furniture or storage boxes. But when you’re expecting visitors, it’s time to clear out the clutter and add a few thoughtful touches.

As Anderson said, “It’s the details that really do make the difference.”

For help creating a guest room that visitors will never want to leave (be careful: it’s a blessing and a curse), we asked interior designers for advice.

Make a Statement or Stick With Neutrals
There are two schools of thought when it comes to designing a guest room. Because it’s a room that typically doesn’t get a lot of use, some designers recommend going all out with color and pattern, to make a big statement — similar to the way they treat powder rooms.

“For me, a guest bedroom is a place to have a little fun and maybe do something a bit unexpected,” said Heidi Caillier, a designer based in Seattle. “I find people are more open to a wallpaper or print and making them interesting, versus a primary bedroom, where they want it more relaxing.”

In a bedroom in one Connecticut house she designed, Caillier covered the walls in Fruit wallpaper from Morris & Co., which has a lively pattern of leaves, flowers, pomegranates, peaches and citrus fruit.

Other designers prefer to keep things simple. “I want it to have personality and style that ties into the aesthetic of the rest of the home, but not be so extreme or specific that some people love it and some people hate it,” said Mel Bean, a designer in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Bean suggested choosing colors and patterns that are likely to be universally appealing.

“It should be a place everyone would want to sleep in,” she said. “That can lead to neutrals or it can lead to lots of color, but in a way that’s not too busy or stimulating.”

The choice is a personal one, and depends on the people you envision using the space — your fashionable friends, say, or your conservative grandparents — and what you want to communicate about your own sense of style.

Focus on the Basics
A guest room should not be a repository for lumpy old mattresses that would be better left at the curb. At the very least, it should provide the basics of a decent hotel room, said Roman Alonso, a principal of Los Angeles-based design firm Commune. In other words: “a really comfortable mattress and high-end bedding,” as well as nightstands, lamps for reading and rugs if the room has hardwood, stone or ceramic floors.

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