Gracious Guest Bedrooms
Make your guests feel comfortable and welcome with ideas from our best guest room designs.
A guest bedroom is a wonderful way to welcome family and friends into your home. Here are a number of fabulous decorating ideas to help you make your guest bedroom comfortable, warm, and inviting. No matter the color and accents you prefer, from black-and-white, laid-back retreat, or updated with family heirlooms, your décor can create spaces where guests can unwind. Each one of these ideas, from rustic to refined, and from sunny to inspired, shows that decorating a guest bedroom can be so rewarding that you may want to make the room your own master bedroom. So turn these ideas into realities, and enjoy decorating your own unique space. You’ll make visitors feel welcome and transform that guest bedroom into a relaxing retreat.
Coastal Bedroom with Layered Decor
Mixed materials like the down-filled duvet, grass cloth wallcovering, bamboo bench, and wool Berber carpet add warmth. The sleepy space gets a gentle wake up from the quiet splashes of celadon green on the bed linens, pillows, and bench cushions.
The plush wool Berber carpet is a soft landing spot for bare feet. (The rest of hte floors in the house are sisal or hardwood.)
In this warm wood-paneled room, traditional and modern items are skillfully mixed to create a funky look. Sleek red metal lamps flank a vintage iron bed. A graphic Suzani-style coverlet combines with classic checked pillowcases and a ticking-striped bed skirt, all in the homeowner’s favorite black, mustard, and red color combination.
Classic Blue & Yellow Bedroom
A classic palette of blue and yellow gets a punchy modern update in this bedroom makeover, filled with fresh ideas for budget decorating.
Warm Coral Hues
Bright, warm colors in fabrics and accesories really pop against white walls in this bold bedroom.
Earthy Guest Room
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.
Light and Airy Guest Bedroom
In this guest bedroom, tall windows maximize light, views, and ventilation. It's housed in its' own unit with a porch, two bedrooms, and a bath.
Khaki Gingham Bedroom
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 bedroom, the designer layered headboards, pillows, duvet covers, curtains, and shades with different printed textiles that look as if they were carried home from several continents—all set against a backdrop of antique wooden beds, chests, and trunks.
Stylish and Functional Guesthouse
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.
Refined Guest Suite
With its tone-on-tone striped wallpaper and dark wood finishes, this elegant bedroom has a distinctly masculine feel.
Soft and graceful, the room reflects timeless style with its shades of caramel, coffee, café au lait, and gold. Luxury prevails with the antique bed and hand-printed cotton duvet. Also featured is an oversize chair in a rich caramel-colored fabric with gray trim. Shells, plates, and ornate frames are used as decorative touches.
A distinctive bed establishes the rustic decorative tone of this bedroom. While light on pattern, the space is heavy on interesting textures.
Mature Guest Bedroom
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.
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.
A custom headboard upholstered in crewel inspires the rest of the room. Coordinating bed linens, simple draperies, and a space-enlarging mirror make this the kind of room visitors won’t want to leave.
Sunny Guest Retreat
Thanks to a cheerful application of color and a new storage armoire, this homeowner has a place for her shoes and the in-laws. A mix of three different florals yields a layered look. A nail-studded fabric headboard, matching bed skirt, and wall sconces make for a grand bed.
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.
The designer of this furniture was inspired by a door frame in a historic Lowcountry cottage. Though this bedroom is graciously sized, the architect took advantage of the dormers to build in shelves and window seats.
Soft colors and lush carpet make it the perfect restful getaway suite. The bed is positioned to take advantage of an amazing mountain view.
Eclectic Guest Room
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.
Black, White, and Blue
The graphic black-and-white bedding on simple pencil post beds makes a bold statement in this tranquil guest room.
Chocolate brown and pale blue are a perfect pair. Avoid baby blue and aim for a dusky, grayer hue. The bedding, covered in brown circles, adds a mod touch to the traditional room. More brown is pulled in with an upholstered headboard. The same cotton fabric covers two lampshades. Above the bed, a sunburst mirror repeats the circle pattern on the bedding but with added flair.
This garage apartment and guest suite features a Murphy bed that folds up to create an open living area. Curtains can be drawn across the cubby when the bed is folded.
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.
Guest Room with Global Style
A modern flat-weave rug adds youthful pattern beneath the pair of antique German twin beds. Vintage Indian quilts bring additional color on top.
The bedroom provides space for the homeowner’s two sisters and their luggage, with room to spare for a convenient desk area.
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.
Laid-Back Guest Retreat
This relaxing, black-and-white guest bedroom provides a retreat from activities on the main floor and is an ideal space for visiting friends and family.
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.
A Room with a View
Stick to the Basics Bedroom
With wood walls and a camp cabin vibe, this loft-like bedroom sticks to the basics to create a stylish but comfortable space.