7 Guest Bedroom Design Ideas

For a tired traveler, a plush guest room provides a sense of comfort hotels can't compete with. Get design tips to transform your spare bedroom into a relaxing retreat.
By: Virginia Moon

Photo By: Mali Azima

Photo By: Kreis Beall & Heather Anne Thomas

Photo By: Stacey Brandford

Make Room

For extra sleeping space, HGTV Design Star producer Brian Patrick Flynn transformed a reach-in closet into an upholstered sleeping nook that can be used by guests.

Invite Them to Relax

Design a guest suite with all the amenities. Guests will appreciate having a private space to take showers and get ready at their own pace. Browse more pictures from HGTV's Dream Home 2010

Lighten Up

Bedside reading and mood lighting are a must for a relaxing evening. In this guest bedroom designed by Jennifer Duneier, a soffit fixture casts soft light over an upholstered wall, creating a focal point and providing ambient illumination. A table lamp allows night owls to indulge in a good read without disturbing anyone.

Help Them Unpack

Storage is essential for extended stays. If your spare bedroom closet has become a forgotten collection of household clutter, it's time to clean it out. Offer drawers and easy-to-reach hanging rods for wardrobe storage. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

Use Comforting Colors

If you want a hue that encourages your family and friends to slow down and relax, brown is a natural fit for guest rooms. Layering shades of brown through rich leather furnishings, distressed-wood wall treatments and beige accents creates the welcoming ambiance in this rustic escape. Image courtesy of Blackberry Farm; photography by beall + thomas

Stay Connected

Offer wireless Internet and hang a television in your guest room to provide downtime entertainment. Window treatments, lighting and digital audio and televisions are controlled by an integrated keypad in this smart-home bedroom. Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt

Create an Escape

French doors do more than frame a beautiful backyard view; they allow guests to come and go as they please. Design by Sarah Richardson