As with master bedrooms, the style or theme of the guest bedroom is only limited by your imagination and possibly budget. Here are a few ideas on styles that work in guest bedrooms.
The bed, dresser, and side tables in the master bedroom of a Mexican home are by Roche Bobois; the Eames chair and ottoman are by Herman Miller, the bedside lights are by FontanaArte, and the wall is painted in Patagonia byComex.
In the master bedroom of designer Jean-Louis Deniot’s Parisian apartment, the crystal lamps and bronze ceiling pendant are by designer Deniot. The leather rug is by Serge Lesage, the walls are in a custom color, and the portraits are from the 16th century through the 1960s.
One of the most often overlooked rooms in a home when it comes to decorating is the guest bedroom.
Whatever you decide, our photo galleries will show new ideas and inspire your creativity. Be sure to take your time to decide; your guests will appreciate the attention to detail.
There are essentials that every room will need, regardless of the size, but knowing the square footage and being able to play with the layout will help you figure out just what you need and where it should go.
Lamp bulbs and various parts of lamps are no exception. Therefore, while the design of a lamp is very important when choosing a lamp for any room, you also want to consider the type of lightbulb and hence the type of light it gives off. Perhaps you like all your home lighting to have a particular type of bulb or light. Or, perhaps you don’t really care as much about the light as you do the design of the lamp. The goal is getting both the perfect lamp design and lighting.
Wood also works very well in contemporary and traditional styles. The furniture can incorporate the wood tones in either dark woods like cherry or oak, or lighter woods like pine. It all depends on your desires and how you plan to carry out the theme in the room.
A guest room with a clear glass window overlooking the Malibu trees is also present in the house.Trulia
Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, odds are you use your bedroom for more than just sleeping. And while dark rooms are great for getting your eight hours, too little light keeps you from doing much else.
In a North Jersey home, the master bedroom’s reading light is by Stephen Miller Siegel and the vintage lamp bases are from Ruby Beets. The bed and side tables are custom designs, the linens are by Frette, the walls are upholstered in a Pindler fabric, and the carpet is by Woolshire Carpet Mills.
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There’s more to the anatomy of a table and floor lamp than meets the eye. There are many parts for each type of lamp as you can see below in our custom “parts of a lamp” illustrated diagram. It’s broken up into 4 sections, which are:
Contemporary themes have open floor plans. Making use of large spaces is easy when decorating with contemporary styles.
Wall shelves will usually hold nick-knacks or picture frames, but they can be utilized for holding your guest’s belongings as well.
A bedroom in the pad with white color scheme, recessed ceiling lighting, table lamps and a large rug.Source: Trulia
One of the house’s bedrooms with recessed ceiling, customized glass windows and a door leading to the terrace.Source: Trulia
Bookshelves can be used for more than just books. Turning them into a smaller chest of drawers can be a way to minimize the furniture footprint in the room while providing ample storage space for your guests.
Okay, I admit it. I do not like changing lightbulbs. That’s one big problem with have lots of lamps in your home. The good news is today’s lightbulbs last longer so you don’t have to change them so much. The bad news is there are so many different types of lightbulbs that trying to find what you need in a store can be a major headache.
In a Brooklyn townhouse, the master bedroom’s light fixture is from West Elm and the sconces are by Serena & Lily.The bed by Ballard Designs is upholstered in a Lake August fabric and topped with a vintage Moroccan blanket and a pillow from Breuckelen Berber. The painting is by Alex Mason and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.
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This joyful bedroom designed for Aerin Lauder’s son in an East Hampton home features electrifying shades of blue from the walls to the bed and pendant. The zebra painting is by Andy Warhol.
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In the same house, the daughter’s room features a chandelier found on 1stdibs, and has an Italian shell bed from the owners’ former house in Europe. The mirrored side table is from JF Chen.
It doesn’t matter if you have one guest per year or one every night. The guest bedroom should be comfortable, enjoyable and welcoming. Creating the guest bedrooms to match (or clash) styles with the rest of the home can be fun.
Light colors can open up a room with minimal effort. Smaller guest bedrooms will make the most of the light colors as it adds space to the room.
In this French Duplex, the bedroom’s chrome pendant light is a modern addition to this classic room. The cedar bed, knotted-rope furniture, and sculptures are by passionate collector Christian Astuguevieille.
With a little patience and a little browsing of our styles and themes, you should be able to find the right inspiration for your guest bedroom. Below we offer a few examples of popular tones and how to use them.
A lower, wider groin vault, painted the same as the walls, brings an old-world feel to this bedroom with two beds and blue bedding.CEILTRIM
A crystal chandelier dangles above the bed inside an Italian castle. The Red Room’s bed and bedside tables were made for the castle in the late 19th century, and the bedding is by Ralph Lauren Home.
Tucked into a tidy alcove in Steven Gambrel’s Art Deco apartment, this custom bed is upholstered in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric, while the houndstooth pillows are in a Holland & Sherry fabric, and the 1950s sconces are by Ignazio Gardella.
With multiple options for storage, the bed should be one of the first decisions you make for the smaller rooms. You want to give yourself enough space to move around while still being able to sleep comfortably.
In Andy Cohen’s Greenwich Village apartment, the shades on the vintage Pierre Giraudon green-resin nightstand lamps from John Salibello match the Ralph Lauren Home wallpaper in the master bedroom. The bed is upholstered in a Maharam plaid by Paul Smith and dressed with Pratesi linens.
Tying a room together with all neutral colors can be a challenge, but they are a safe palette when using bright (or dark) accents to make things in the room pop.
Track lighting is a nice option, especially when you can use a dimmer switch to control them. Providing enough light to get to the bed to turn on the lamp will prevent bumps and bruises in the dark.
As you can see, the table lamp is typically more complex than a floor lamp. Who knew, right?
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Parts of a Table Lamp (top to bottom): Lock: Locks the lampshade in place. Lampshade fitting: structural frame for the lampshade. Lampshade: Softens the light. Bulb: Provide the light. Harp: Vertical shade support and shade attachment into the socket.
Socket shell: light socket for bulb. Insulation sleeve: Secures socket shell to the switch and base. Switch: Turns light on and off. Base: Lighting element base that attaches to the lamp body. Threaded tube: Attaches lighting components to the lamp body.
Body: Aesthetic design/body of the lower part of the lamp. Plug: Conduit for electricity to power lightbulb. Lamp base: base/foundation for body. Anti-slip material: Can be felt or rubber to keep lamp in place on surface.
Most accent pieces have a light and dark options too, such as ceiling fan blades and lamp shades. So even if you find the style you want and don’t see it in a lighter color, you might be able to get a similar style in a much more vivid or muted shade.
Whatever style you choose, you should treat it like another master bedroom. Give it the attention and devotion you have for the rest of the home and your guests will enjoy being at your home, maybe more than they should.
Amanda Seyfried’s dog, Finn, relaxes in the master bedroom of her Catskills home, where The pendant light is by &tradition, and the beadboard walls are painted in Ammonite by Farrow & Ball.The bed is by Restoration Hardware, the bench is from Gilt and the rug is from ABC Carpet & Home.
Wood panel accents will bring a room together when using lighter colors for the walls and wooden accents like ceiling fans and lamps.
The ability to utilize a larger floor plan is beneficial for storage ideas. If your guests are more long term, they will appreciate having a place to unpack, instead of living out of their suitcase.
With neutral colors on the walls and in the accent pieces, you can let other elements stand out. Bright bed linens and throw pillows or window coverings will stand out against a neutral backdrop.
In the master bedroom of an Upper West Side apartment, the room’s white and gold pendant is reflected in the gilded mirror. A Hästens bed is dressed in linens by Sferra and Olatz, the circa-1970 side tables are by Milo Baughman, and the lamp is by Taylor; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cinder Rose, and the photographs are by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.
Likewise, if you are limited on floor space, a double or two twins may be in order.
As guests are want to do, they will need to unpack their suitcases and make themselves at home. Giving them empty drawers in a dresser or chest of drawers is ideal. Closet space to hang clothes will also go a long way to making them feel welcome.
There’s a small bedroom featuring a couple of side table topped by table lamps and a carpet flooring topped by a stylish rug.Trulia
Guest bedroom with vaulted ceiling, green walls, white ceiling and pendant lights.
Dark colors don’t work as well in small rooms as they do in medium or large rooms. They will tend to shrink a small room and remove the open feeling a guest bedroom should have.
In the master bedroom of a penthouse apartment on the French Riviera, the bed is flanked by palm tree sconces and topped with a mohair blanket from the French Alps. The 1950s English bedside table is mahogany, and the hand-painted wallpaper is 19th-century English.
Parts of a Floor Lamp (top to bottom): Shade: directs and controls light from bulb. Pole/tube: Structure providing height to which shade and bulb attach. Adjuster: Swivel component to adjust direction of shade.
Break: Component that secures / loosens top pole from bottom poll to adjust floor lamp height. Husk: Attaches poll to floor lamp base. Base: Usually fairly heavy and wide (in relation to lamp poll) to anchor floor lamp and keep it upright.
In a luxurious Palm Springs home, the bed in the master bedroom, which features task lamps attached to the headboard, came with the house. It is dressed in Barbara Martin linens with a blanket and shams by Hermès. The painting is by Daryl Edwards and the wood screen and marble bedside tables are estate-sale finds.
Another bedroom of the property with a glass door with beige curtains and a terrace, perfectly placed table lamps on white standing cabinets and a nice rug, making the room look classy.Source: Trulia
This isn’t to say it can’t be done. Rustic and Modern styles utilize dark colors in walls and accents very well without minimizing the room appearance. As long as you use the right accents and enough lighting to counteract the darker shades, you can pull it off.
The size of your guest bedroom will have the largest impact on what you can do with it. Smaller rooms will not be able to hold as much furniture, for example. Medium sized rooms may accommodate a guest or two at a time while large rooms give you options for multiple beds or extra storage areas.
We have compiled this guide that will help you determine not only the type of room you have but inspire you to give it a design you, as well as your guests, can be proud of.
Modern themes make use of striking features, bold colors, and sharp lines. Designed to be sleek and efficient, these styles are fun to design.
This bedroom can be a guest or kids bedroom. The room features a built-in bunk beds with a carpet flooring. There are multiple built-in shelves for additional storage.Trulia
A lot of homeowners don’t want to stray too far from the design of the rest of the home. Having a guest bedroom doesn’t mean you have to go wild. You can feel free to bring the style of the rest of your house into the guest bedroom as well.
A guest room surrounded by white walls has a carpet flooring for additional style.Trulia
You will also have the room for making a sitting area, or a television watching area. If you have a bathroom for the guest bedroom as well, you can add that space into your floor plan allowing for more storage for their towels and toiletries that would otherwise be elsewhere in the room.
The circa-1970 Mazzega ceiling light in the master bedroom of this Hudson River home was found at a Paris flea market.The bed is upholstered in an Edelman leather and dressed in Pratesi and Frette linens, the bedside tables are by Jallu Ebénistes, and the Carol Egan stool from Maison Gerard is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric.
When designing a guest bedroom, you should also think about shelving and storage. This is especially true if you don’t have the floor space for a dresser or nightstands.
In the master bedroom of this West Village apartment, the sconces are by Jason Koharik. The bed and side tables are custom designs, and the walls are sheathed in a custom grass cloth by Work + Sea.
With a medium sized room, you will have a closet in most cases. This can allow you to use the closet for storage of your guest’s belongings and open the space up for furniture such as seating or even a sofa to lounge on.
Another bedroom of Alanis Morissette’s home with a perfectly placed table lamps and and a shiny laminated flooring.Source: Trulia
You will want to provide nightstands, lamps and enough overhead light as possible. You never know what your guests may need, and the best option is to give them a variety.
When designing a guest bedroom, you can’t overlook the details. Ceiling fans and chairs are just as much a part of the ambiance of the room as the bed is. Giving the guest an option to do more than just sleep in the room makes the room inviting and comforting.
Light colors will also play well with natural light. Allowing the sun to come in the windows and bounce around the room will make it feel open, airy and inviting.
Wood tones work well with many themes and styles. Adding light wood and natural wood tones to a beach theme, for example, will really bring out the nautical elements in the room.
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If you go modern for a guest bedroom, you can truly open up the color palette. Virtually any color will work, but the general uses are for a more muted wall color to set off the silver or chrome accents and furniture.
In the master bedroom of this Los Angeles farmhouse, the light fixture made from vintage airplane trusses is from Get Back Inc., the giltwood settee is Italian, the Swedish rug is from Lief, and the flooring is walnut.
Bedroom lighting can range from basic to bold, and dimmed to dramatic. Whatever your style, these 35 rooms are all the inspiration you need for a uniquely-lit space to read, relax, and of course, doze.
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The Lantern in this Greenwich Village penthouse is 19th-century Indian. The bed is upholstered in a Robert Kime stripe and dressed in antique French linens, the side table is 18th-century English, and the landscape paintings are English, French and American. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-White.
A guest bedroom is also present at the singer’s home featuring a wide and soft bed on a hardwood flooring with a rug. There’s also a TV on wall lighted by recessed lights.Trulia
In a NYC apartment, the guest room’s Roberto Rida lamp is from Bernd Goeckler and the curtains are of an Osborne & Little fabric.The Joseph Jeup bed is upholstered in a Toyine Sellers fabric, the bench by Anne and Vincent Corbiere is covered in a Soie de Lune fabric, and the bedside table is by HH Ruseau.
The property boasts its bedrooms with vented electric fireplaces, customized windows and hardwood flooring.Source: Trulia
Matching colors to your style or theme is important as well. You don’t want to find yourself going after a Beach theme and having to use reds and purples for your walls. It just won’t work.
Because space is paramount, the right size bed is important. Too small a bed and your guests may not sleep well. Trying to fit mom and dad on a twin size may be a larger issue than where to unpack their things.
You will often worry most about the family bedrooms first, followed closely by the living areas, kitchen, and even the bathrooms. Leaving the guest bedroom until last, if ever at all.
Decorating with these items can be a lot of fun, too. With painting and attractive decorations, you can make these storage solutions tie into any style or theme.
In a Park Avenue apartment, the vintage bedside tables by Enrique Garcel are topped with lamps by Porta Romana.The custom-made bed is upholstered in a velvet by Dedar, and the chair is by the Campana Brothers. The hand-painted wallpaper is by Gracie, the curtains are of a silk linen by Christopher Hyland, and the rug is by ABC Carpet & Home.
At their house in Marrakech, Samuel and Caitlin Dowe-Sandes’s daughter’s room features a light fixture by Claire Norcross for Luminosity. The floor is paved in starburst floor tiles by their firm, Popham Design. The iron bed is a flea market find.
In an Oakland, California master bedroom, the George Nelson pendant light is from Design Within Reach. The bed by Room & Board is dressed with a Libeco duvet, the antique chest is English, and the custom love seat is upholstered in a China Seas fabric. The rug is an antique Heriz and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Anchor Gray.
The wood tone farmhouse style is welcoming and intriguing. With plenty of options for decorations to tie the whole thing together, you get to pick daring colors for the walls that you may normally overlook.
Neutral colors will work well with a lot of themes. Their appearance muted behind the furniture and decorations, letting the rest of the room do the talking while they hold everything together.
Using more neutral colors with a lot of fabric and textures. The overall look is one that welcomes and embraces, which can help make your guests feel more at home.
The large hanging lantern in the bedroom of artist Anne Becker’s Manhattan apartment provides an additional light source to the room already flooded by light through the wood shutters by designer Gregory Bissonnette and stained-glass insets by Jacqueline Rusca. The suzani coverlet is from Sheherazade.
Small rooms might seem like the biggest challenge when deciding what you want to do with the space. However, it can be a lot of fun by trying out new solutions to some of the bigger issues.
Decorating with farm animal art, real wood lamps and timber bedposts will make the room stand out.
The guest room in the poolhouse of this Bridgehampton farmhouse features an 11-candle chandelier adorned in justice roping. The bed is by John Himmel and is dressed in Schweitzer Linen bedding. The rug is Restoration Hardware, and a blue and white table lamp sits on top of the Swedish painted chest.
In designer Megan Winters’ Chicago home, the bedroom features a hide rug by Kyle Butning. The toile is by Lee Jofa, the vintage chandelier is French, and the table lamps and wallcovering are by Ralph Lauren Home.
You should also think about the type of guests you will have. These factors will go a long way to helping decide the size and number of beds, extra storage and how many dressers or armoires to have.
See our types of table lamps article (buying guide) for more information.
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The size of the room will dictate how much space is allotted for a bed, or multiple beds, and what size they should be. If you are fortunate enough to have a guest room suite, then you may opt for two queen sized beds or a centrally located king size.
Another bedroom inside the home which features a simple bed set on a hardwood flooring that matches the white walls and ceiling.Trulia
Deciding on the furniture to put in guest bedrooms doesn’t have to be daunting. You need to only worry about your theme, style, and size of the room.
How many should you have? A king size? Queen? Two double beds? Maybe no bed but you have a pullout sofa or a futon. The choice is up to you, but it should be the primary decision you make regarding your guest bedroom.
Picking furniture will also depend on how often the room will be used or by how many people.
Southwestern guest bedroom with twin beds next to each other and a seating area by the window.Photo by CSE & Associates, INC. – Discover bedroom design ideas
In this Paris home, the guest bedroom boasts two ornate chandeliers. The custom Turquerie-style sofa bed and canopy are covered in a hand-printed cotton that was also used on the walls.
One of the two guest bedrooms in Ellen Pompeo’s house featuring vintage wall arts.Trulia
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Deep reds, for example, work well with wood accents and decorations. Using reds with wood tone furniture is sure to please any eye. You can also use brighter colors such as oranges and yellows to bring a light and cheery atmosphere to the room.
Without a doubt, if you have guests staying at your house, they will want a place to sleep. Something that is comfortable and inviting.
Matching the home styles will allow you to save a little bit of money as well. You can use the same paints, colors, decorations, and furniture, which means you don’t have to make extra trips or pay a designer for an extra look.
Large guest rooms, obviously, offer the most space for a lot of different options. Two beds will easily fit in a large bedroom. So will a dresser and a chest of drawers. Plenty of storage space for however long your guests decide to stay.
In larger rooms though, dark colors can help draw the eye line where it needs to be and really make the whole room appealing and comfortable. Don’t be afraid to play around when deciding on colors.
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If you do not have a closet in the guest room, or there isn’t enough floor space for a full sized dresser, you have other options such as rolling hangers and collapsible, or door hanging storage solutions.
Medium sized rooms will offer ample space for a dresser as well as a nice sized bed or two. Having the option for two beds is always an excellent option to have.
In the same house, the rainbow pendant plays off the array of colors in the kid’s room. A Room & Board bunk bed is dressed in vintage suzanis from Uzbekistan, the school desk is from Windsor Place Antiques, the shades are of a fabric by Flock and the vintage rug is Turkish.
In a minimal apartment, the neon wall sculpture in the master bedroom is by Glenn Ligon, and the Corian platform bed, a custom design, is dressed with Belgian linens; the circa-1960 bedside tables are by Joseph-André Motte, and the walls are sheathed in a Marmorino wall finish.
Inside a house in Uruguay, the master bedroom’s floor lamp and chair were found in Buenos Aires, the rug is an antique Bolivian poncho that was a gift from Claessens’s mother, the painting is by Claessens and the antique shutters were bought at auction in Montevideo, Uruguay.
A fixture constructed of paper plates by Christopher Trujillo playfully evokes clouds in a bedroom designed by Stephen Sills in a storied Manhattan apartment building. The custom-made bed is upholstered in a Pierre Frey fabric, and the bedside tables are from Crate & Barrel.