Guest bedrooms are often used for another purpose. Then, when guests actually visit, they are crammed into a makeshift space. This can be changed with a little thought and a modest amount of money.
A few simple changes can turn even a small space into a welcoming retreat. Beautiful bedroom ideas are found in magazines, online, and on television channels such as www.lifestyle.com.au. Visit local showrooms and speak with their decorators.
Wall and Floor Color
A coat of paint in pale blue or green, or even a soft earth tone can create a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Patterned wallpaper in the same palette is a good alternative for one wall. If the floor is tile or hardwood, soften the feel with a patterned area rug in colors complementary to the walls.
Furniture and Window Treatments
Consider twin beds as they offer more flexibility for guests. Make sure there is a bedside table that can hold a lamp, clock, reading material, and a water glass. If there is no room for a reading lamp, suspend a pendant light from the ceiling or place a floor lamp near the bed. If there is space, add a comfortable chair for the guest?s convenience.
At least one empty drawer in a dresser is important so the guest is not living out of his luggage. An alternative is a shelf on the wardrobe closet. Make sure there is clear closet space and hangars available. Use blinds or lined curtains to keep out the sunlight. Another option is a blackout curtain that is designed to keep out light and even noise. These are readily available for purchase online. Choose drapery in a color complementary to the wall color.
Pure white is the freshest color for sheets, pillowcases, and towels. Buy the best quality linen possible and replace when it shows any wear. Use punches of color for a coverlet or quilt and a nest of small cushions on the bed.
It is often the small touches that offer the greatest comfort in a guest room. Put out a few magazines or books, and an iPod or radio. Fill a wicker basket with towels, luxury soap, small bottles of shampoo and lotion, earplugs, sleeping mask, a small packet of biscuits, and a bottle of water. Arrange a small bouquet of garden flowers.
It takes very little money and effort to make it a peaceful, comfortable retreat. The state of a guest bedroom tells visitors how much they are appreciated. In fact, they might have difficulty leaving.