Gracious Guest Bedrooms
Make your guests feel comfortable and welcome with ideas from our best guest room designs.
Two heirloom pieces—the homeowner’s great-grandmother’s four-poster bed and her grandfather’s writing desk—anchor this room. When it came to updating the antique bed, she started with solid bed linens. She also found a lively fabric for both the bed skirt and canopy. With its well-tailored appearance, the bed now lives up to the distinction of being a treasured piece.
These vintage beds are dressed with mix-and-match linens. Color is added to the room with an antique Bolivian rug. The vintage bird prints were a lucky antiques store find. Style Tip: Hang a collection of inexpensive framed prints as a group for more impact.
Upholstered headboards give both twin beds more presence and create symmetry on either side of the window. Pale yellow quilts continue the light feel established on the walls. Storage cubes at the end of each bed pull double duty as suitcase stands when company comes.
The walls and ceiling are painted a rich eggplant hue (Brinjal by Farrow & Ball) to establish a moody, earthy feel that's reinforced by dark wood and gilt finishes.
Three bunk beds that stack all the way to the nearly 20-foot ceiling, save space while providing sleeping room for plenty of guests. Four chairs in a arranged in a circle facilitates conversation better than a traditional sofa-and-chair grouping and the use of indoor/outdoor fabrics throught the room makes the space nearly bulletproof.
In this patriotic retreat, the designer kept things simple with an antique-inspired, black metal bed from IKEA. The jute rug goes well with the wood floors and doesn't detract from the furnishings. The vintage items around the room add one-of-a-kind Americana style.
In this guest bedroom, classic patterns directed the color palette and design style. The bed is flanked by a pair of small-scale chests that add extra storage conveniently at bedside. Matching frames filled with a collection of family photos decorate the wall in a random pattern.
In this guest suite, interior designer Phoebe Howard gave the small space big impact by covering everything in the same fabric (Medium Ticking in Warm Gray; laurakiran.com). “I took a farmhouse classic, the ticking stripe, and gave it a little kick by using it on the walls, curtains, upholstery, and even the lampshades,” says Phoebe. Everything has a band of red trim to tie it back to the stunning oxblood red ceiling, while all-white bedding by the Company Store provides a break in the pattern.
Husband-and-wife fabric designers Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton created the feminine palette for this guest bedroom. The cool colors, pretty paisley wallpaper and tufted headboard bring classic appeal to the space.
With its tone-on-tone striped wallpaper and dark wood finishes, this elegant bedroom has a distinctly masculine feel.
Relying on a mature, gender-neutral palette of deep taupes, soft grays, and crisp whites, Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler grounded the space with Hickory Chair’s Candler Bed and shapely West Paces Side Tables in matching birch finishes. The wooden frame around the striped greige-and-white headboard dresses it up for special visitors. A bed skirt in the same fabric as the headboard and timeless white bedding ensure that this occasional use room won’t go out of style.