How to style a guest bedroom

Transforming a space in your home into a guest bedroom is an exciting interior design journey, but doesn’t come without its challenges.

Guest rooms are typically much smaller than our master bedrooms, so it can be tricky to figure out exactly how to create a cosy and relaxing space that also encompasses all of the necessary functionalities for an enjoyable stay. However, it’s totally possible (on a budget, too) but it may just be that you’re lacking inspiration.

Styling a guest bedroom offers the chance to get creative and design an inspired space for your guests to unwind in. A carefully designed space not only helps to make your friends and family feel welcomed into your home but gives you a real sense of pride in a room that you’re happy to showcase and share with others. 

Whether you’re creating a guest bedroom from scratch or looking to style up your existing space, Christy’s top tips are here to give you the inspiration you need.

guest bedroom styling

Stick to a theme

In order to avoid your guest bedroom looking like an afterthought, it’s important to style it with a theme in mind. 

A well thought out design shows that you’ve put a lot of effort into creating the perfect space to make your guests feel welcome – as opposed to a half-empty room with odds and ends of furniture thrown in there.

If you have a running theme or colour scheme throughout your house, then your guest bedroom should follow suit. Whether your house decor is subdued and neutral, or a soft grey palette with a pop of colour, following this same style into your guest bedroom is the key to creating an inviting space and helping your guests settle in.

That’s not to say that you can’t get experimental with your guest bedroom styling, though. It can be a great place to introduce different tones and textures, but just be sure to stick to similar colour palettes and decor styles to make it feel part of your home and not out of place.

Get the bedding right

Making sure your guests are comfortable and get a restful night’s sleep is without a doubt the most important thing to consider when styling the space. Helping your guests to drift off easily and wake up refreshed in the morning is all down to how you dress the bed.

The need to invest in a high-quality mattress goes without saying. A sturdy and comfortable base with a medium firmness will provide the foundations for the perfect bed set-up that will have your guests feeling at home.

This should then be complemented by a set of luxury filled duvets and pillows. We recommend splashing out on your bedding fillers, as generally the higher quality you go, this will lessen the need to replace them – no matter how often your guest room is occupied. For the ultimate budget-saving tip, Christy recommends opting for a mid-weight 10.5 tog that will be serviceable throughout the seasons.  

Now, choosing bed linen to complete the look is the exciting part! For a guest bedroom, 100% cotton bed linen should be at the top of your shopping list. Soft and comfortable with the ability to keep heat in during the winter and your guests cool during the summer – it’s our go-to choice.

When styling a guest bed, white bed linen is the optimal choice. Think hotel chic – it’s modern, clean looking and to everyone’s taste so you can easily please all of your guests. Christy’s Coniston bed linen in white is a beautiful set for a stylish guest bedroom, or discover our Egyptian cotton Percale bed linen and achieve that 5* hotel feeling at home.

coniston luxury white bed linen

Make it cosy

Accessories are your best friend when it comes to designing a cosy guest bedroom. The finer details count, and some carefully thought-out additions can transform the space into a home away from home for your guests.

We personally love the warmth and cosiness that a soft, fluffy rug brings to a room. Placed under the bed, a large natural-toned rug works to tie the whole look together and can help smaller spaces to look more expansive. Make sure that the rug is large enough to spill out of all sides of the bed to make an impact and you’re good to go.

Style the bed with luxury throws and cushions to further add depth and dimension. Choose tones and textures that compliment your existing decor but add a splash of style and warmth. A general rule for cushions and throws is – the more, the better! Christy’s Jaipur range of coordinating cushions and throws are perfect for creating a coherent, on-trend look that really shows attention to detail and brings in those extra cosy vibes to help your guests relax.

If you have the space, consider introducing a little seating area where your guests can unwind somewhere that isn’t the bed. Add a comfortable chair, chaise lounge or bench to create the ultimate chill-out space for your guests.

Provide plenty of storage

Guest bedroom storage can often be overlooked, and present quite the challenge especially if it’s a particularly small space. However, storage solutions are crucial to prevent your guests from having to live out of a suitcase for the duration of their stay.

Make the most of the space you do have and provide an empty set of drawers, dressing table or small wardrobe if possible. Generally, any place to store belongings and hang a few items of clothes will be sufficient.

guest bedroom bedside table

Introduce scents

When creating a fresh and inviting atmosphere, scents are key. For a guest bedroom, stick to diffusers as a safer alternative to candles. Diffusers can easily create the same effect without fire or burn risks, particularly if you have children spending the night.

As it would be near impossible to pinpoint all of your guests’ favourite fragrances, sticking to soft scents is the safest option. Opt for light fragrances that aren’t too overpowering but will inject the space with some wonderful freshness. 

Don’t forget towels

Towels are a must-have in a guest bedroom if you really want to offer a hotel-quality experience. Not only are they a nice finishing touch, but it saves your guests the awkwardness of asking for a towel when they want to shower.

In the same way that your guest bed linen is an important comfort, your towels are too. Invest in high-quality towels that will add a touch of luxury to your guests’ stay and ensure that they can freshen up in comfort.

If a true hotel-quality experience is on your guest bedroom radar, then taking it one step further and welcoming them with a luxurious bathrobe is the perfect added touch to brighten up their stay.

luxury cotton towels

Finishing touches

With a guest bedroom, there are things you need to prioritise (bed linen, storage) that should be considered first, but there are also plenty of opportunities to include some lovely finishing touches to create the guest space of dreams.

Think about the things that always make your hotel stays extra special, and try to provide your guests with some of that, too. From mirrors and toiletries to mood-setting lamps and even a selection of books, there are endless ways to improve your guest bedroom and transform it into a tranquil retreat for your friends and family.

Ultimately, the way you style your guest bedroom comes down to personal preference, but we hope our tips have given you some inspiration!


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