30 Guest Bedroom Ideas Your Visitors Will Love

Caroline Gilbert
Written by Caroline Gilbert
Updated November 8, 2022
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If you're hosting visitors for a few days, these creative guest bedroom ideas will ensure a relaxing and memorable stay

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Whether hosting for the holidays or a family function, you’ll want to create an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for overnight visitors. What better way to welcome loved ones into your home than with a beautiful, relaxing guest bedroom?

While a guest bedroom is generally a spare bedroom, it can also be a bonus room or any additional area in the home that a local home addition contractor can convert for you. Like a hotel, you can curate the guest bedroom and add personal touches to create a restful retreat that makes your visitors feel special.

From unique aesthetics to DIY essentials, here’s a round-up of 30 guest bedroom ideas to ensure your guests have an unforgettable stay.

1. Give Your Guest Bedroom a Theme

A theme for the room can help you decide on decor and furniture options without overthinking. For example, with a tropical room theme, you can search for inspiration like coastal colors and beach motifs. Afterward, create a design board of the theme to visualize the look and feel.

2. Add Charming Accents

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Certain visual elements create an inviting atmosphere. Simple accents such as warm color tones and wallpaper patterns can add charm to the room.

3. Hang Artistic Elements

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Art is a creative addition that adds personal character to a space. Whether a wall mural or mounted guitar, hanging them at eye level will immediately catch your guests’ attention and spark conversation.

4. Provide Toiletries

Just as in a hotel, providing toiletries shows guests that you care about their needs and leaves a positive impression of your hospitality. Consider bathroom essentials, such as towels, soap, and shampoo, as well as personal hygiene items like toothbrushes and tissues.

5. Create a Reading Nook

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Do you have a collection of books handy? Add a bookshelf and comfy armchair in the corner of the guest bedroom to create a cozy reading nook.

6. Set Up a Workspace

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Since many people work remotely and often travel with their laptop and work-related items, consider setting up a workspace in the guest bedroom. It can be as simple as adding a desk, chair, office supplies, a lamp, and a stylish desktop plant. 

Home hack: The room can also serve as an extra home office when guests aren’t there.

Give your guest the ultimate hospitality experience by including a welcoming Wi-Fi card on the desk.

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7. Convert the Attic

If you don’t have a spare bedroom, consider hiring a local home remodeler to convert your attic into a guest bedroom. Creating a chic hideaway retreat for your guests can be a fun renovation project.

8. Incorporate Unique Designs

Guest bedrooms are an opportunity to get creative and think outside the box of traditional bedroom layouts. Unique design features, such as abstract shapes and novel furniture structures, can give a wow factor.

9. Add Fresh Flowers

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Looking for a quick and easy way to liven up the space? Put a vase of fresh flowers in the room. The bright floral colors are a quick mood booster and can also release a nice aroma.

10. Install a Kitchenette

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Some guests may not feel comfortable using their host’s kitchen during sleeping hours. For those who tend to eat late or need to nurse infants at night, a kitchenette can come in handy. This can be an easy corner setup: a small table with snacks and utensils, a microwave, and a mini fridge beneath it.

11. Use Multifunctional Furniture

If you have a small guest bedroom, opt for multifunctional furniture such as a futon bed and storage ottomans. These will help you free up space while maintaining a cozy look. You can pull tips and tricks from tiny house ideas, such as a bookshelf headboard, to brainstorm more storage opportunities.

12. Level Up the Linens

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Take the hotel approach by making the bed with clean and crisp linens. Freshly washed and ironed bedding with subtle hints of fragrance can create a memorable five-star experience for your guests.

13. Keep It Tidy

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Cleanliness is a must for guest bedrooms. The goal is a neat and clutter-free space where visitors will feel comfortable. To ensure the room adheres to COVID safety, consider hiring a professional cleaning service in your area.

14. Work With Natural Elements

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Wood, bamboo, and wool are natural elements that are easy to incorporate into a design, especially for rustic and farmhouse styles. They create a neutral palette and work well with outdoorsy decor, such as plants.

15. Add Mirrors

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Not only do mirrors make a room appear larger and brighter, they also double as functional decor. Mirrors are an easy addition to make the room comfortable and inviting.

16. Use Statement Pieces

A statement piece, an eye-catching item in the room, can help set the tone and layout of the room. For example, a bold-colored chair as the focal point can guide you with other complementary decor, such as a rug, throw, and standing lamp.

17. Go Minimalistic

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If it’s a small space, simple decor helps prevent clutter. Easily elevate the room with an armchair, piece of wall art, and bright pillow for a pop of color.

Home hack: To make the room look spacious, downsize the bed and move it toward the center of the room.

18. Integrate Privacy Features

Blackout curtains and portable screens, such as a room divider, are easy ways to add privacy for your guests. If your house has thin walls, look into the cost of soundproofing a room. Privacy door hangers are another thoughtful element to include for guests to use.

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19. Choose Relaxing Colors

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When considering wall painting ideas, opt for soft, muted colors. These tones work well for relaxation and instill a sense of peace in the room.

20. Provide Storage Space

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Under-bed bins are great for storing shoes, extra linens, and other items that would otherwise clutter the room. It’s also helpful to include a dresser in guest bedrooms and make closet space for their belongings. Additionally, bedside tables are good for placing smaller belongings for easy access, such as a phone or book.

21. Repurpose the Garage

If your home doesn’t have a spare bedroom or attic, convert your garage into a guest bedroom! It’s spacious and offers your guests more privacy.

22. Create a Plant Paradise

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Fresh greenery will enhance the room and add vitality to the space. You can find low-maintenance houseplants, such as pothos and jades, that require minimum upkeep to preserve luscious leaves.

23. Make It Cozy

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Don’t forget to include items that add a soft touch. Plush rugs, a throw, and extra pillows are all restful aesthetics that guests enjoy.

24. Apply Holiday Decor

If your guests are over for the holidays, spruce up the room with corresponding decor. You can hang string lights, arrange lightly scented candles like pumpkin spice, and even leave a wrapped gift for your guests to see upon arrival.

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25. Include a Welcome Basket

Make your guests feel special with a thoughtful welcome basket of essentials.  Choose common items needed for an overnight stay as well as complimentary treats: a box of tissues, a towel and washcloth, hand sanitizer, candle, water bottles, snacks and candy, toiletries, and more.

26. Install Dim Lights

Dim lights are helpful when trying to relax and wind down after a long day. If your guests traveled from out of town, this can be the perfect room addition. You can opt for standing versions or find a light fixture installer in your area.

27. Designate a Dressing Space

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If guests will share the bathroom with other members of the household, it can be an inconvenience. To resolve this, add a vanity table with mirrors and shelving to create a designated dressing space in the guest bedroom. 

Home hack: Hang the mirror so that the vanity table can double as a workspace desk.

28. Add a TV

Televisions are always a convenient addition. If you want to provide a quality hotel-level experience, include a helpful channel guide with the remote.

29. Use the Basement

A basement guest bedroom conversion can be another fun home renovation project. Like the garage and attic, basements add privacy and extra space for guests.

30. Make It Multipurpose

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Remember, the guest bedroom doesn’t have to remain that way when guests aren’t there. Consider furnishing it with a daybed, which doubles as a seating area and creates extra living space.  

Guest bedrooms can be the perfect tranquil respite for your visitors after a long trip. In addition to this list, there are a plethora of ways you can spruce up the room to make it a unique experience for your guests. If you need assistance with developing a theme or decorating, a local interior designer can help.

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