14 Easy Changes to Make Your Guest Bedroom Extra Cozy

A sweet suite your guests will never want to leave.

Raise your hand if your guest bedroom is not even remotely guest-ready? (Me!) Many of us neglect our guest bedrooms or even use it as a storage dumping ground. Well if, like me, you’re ready to turn over a new leaf and make some changes, keep reading.

There are simple changes you can make to your guest bedroom that can easily transform the space. Here are 15 of my favorite design ideas for your guest bedroom to make it extra cozy and welcoming.

 1: Big Mirrors

Transitional Blue Master Bedroom With Large Wood-Framed Mirror

Blue Transitional Master Bedroom

A four-poster bed stands tall in this blue transitional bedroom. A large wood-framed mirror reflects the adjacent contemporary-style bathroom.



One of the most frustrating things to deal with when traveling is missing a full-length mirror. I always make sure I include a full-length mirror in all of my guest bedroom designs. It’s also a great trick for making a space feel larger and airier. If you don’t have a lot of space, you can always choose a more narrow mirror or even hang one on the back of a door.

 2: Art Groupings

Metallic Framed Art & White Upholstered Bench in Neutral Bedroom

Coastal Art in Transitional Bedroom

Six pieces of framed art bring a coastal vibe to this relaxing master bedroom. An upholstered bench with a gray throw and gray and white accent pillows offers a place to relax and unwind after a long day's work.

Photo by: House of Jade Interiors

House of Jade Interiors

A trick for making a guest bedroom look pulled together and purposeful is to include groupings of art. For a more uniform look, use the same frame for each piece of art you display. You can try simple variations of the same piece, similar pieces by the same artist or the same type of art, such as vintage movie posters or word art.

 3: Cozy Seating

Contemporary Bedroom With Exposed Wood Ceiling

Relaxing Bedroom Is Contemporary, Welcoming

This rustic meets contemporary bedroom uses balance to create a simple yet pleasing design. Matching metal-framed twin beds are paired with open bookshelves and comfortable purple armchairs.

Photo by: Realty Austin, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Realty Austin, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

If you have the space, it’s always nice to make sure there are several different areas for your guest to hang out and enjoy themselves. Adding even one cozy chair somewhere in the room can help to achieve this. A chair or two can help create a relaxing spot where your guest can sit and read a book or simply put on their shoes.

 4: Use Two Twin Beds

Yellow and Black Guest Room With Twin Beds

Eclectic Yellow and Black Guest Room

Installing two beds gives a room vintage style while increasing the options for sleeping arrangements. With this layout, you can host couples, singles or kids. Bonus if one or both beds come with a trundle.

If you have a smaller guest bedroom, then twin beds might be the perfect solution. Though we often think of twin beds for kids' rooms, you can make them look chic and sophisticated in the right space. Use the same linens on each bed to pull the look together, and choose a beautiful bedside table that works in-between both beds if you're short on space.

 5: Try a Loft Bed

Neutral Transitional Bedroom With Gray & Yellow Accents

Guest Bedroom With Queen and Twin Bed

A clever use of a small footprint, designer Kristina Crestin came up with the idea to put a queen sized bed together with a twin bunk bed, thinking a family could fit into the small space. To the right of the queen bed, a closet holds essential storage. Black pipe fittings provide a safety component to the twin bed, but also add a little industrial flair. A budget-friendly pine V-groove in a semi opaque wash on a warm grey was chosen for the walls so they wouldn't compete with the barn board ceiling. The guest room was a great space to have a little fun, pairing some fun, white animal heads with a found vintage chair. Layering elements to add to the story of the space.

Photo by: James R. Salomon Photography

James R. Salomon Photography

If you're truly tight on space, think about building up and creating a loft bed. Here, there's a larger bed downstairs and a smaller bed in the loft area, which would be perfect for kids. While this would require a bit of a renovation budget, it’s often a reasonably-priced upgrade that could make a big difference in the use of space in your guest bedroom.

 6: Use a Desk or Vanity



To create a calm and classic sleeping space, this modestly sized bedroom was painted a muted shade of lavender which borders on mauve. To play up the purple undertones of the wall color, the space is layered with different shades of plum. Although considered one of the hardest colors to decorate with, purple can be understated and elegant when used sparingly.

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

If you have a tighter space, a desk or vanity could work great next to a bed in lieu of a standard bedside table. Make sure to include some convenient items, like pads and paper, a magnifying mirror, a phone charger or anything else that might make your guests' stay a bit more enjoyable and stress-free.

 7: Dresser = Bedside Table

Glamorous Mirrored Dresser

Mirrored Dresser

Mirrored furniture gives insta-glam to any space.

Another great option instead of a standard bedside table is to use a dresser. In addition to an empty closet for your guests, it’s nice to have a dresser they can use to unpack their smaller or folded items. You can also use one of the drawers to store extra towels or linens.

 8: Embrace Minimalism

Neutral Contemporary Bedroom

Contemporary Bedroom

Less is more in this contemporary bedroom. A white shag rug and short, woven chair bring an understated, bohemian contrast to the stark decor.

Photo by: Johnathon Jackson

Johnathon Jackson

Don’t feel like you need to fill your guest bedroom to the brim with furniture and decor. Going with a streamlined look is both budget-friendly and easy to manage.

 9: Set Up a Coffee Corner

Coffee Service in Bedroom

Coffee Service in Bedroom

Master Bedroom of HGTV Smart Home 2015 in Austin, Texas

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

If you want to give your guests a bit more space, consider setting up a coffee station in their bedroom. They won’t need to bother you or the rest of the family in the morning.

 10: Create a Luxe Bed

Blue Bedroom with White French Doors and Large Windows

After: Master Bedroom

The newly redesigned master bedroom has dark wood floors, large windows and French doors, linen drapes and blue-gray walls.

From: Fixer Upper

No matter what type of setup you have in your guest bedroom, one thing we can all do is make the bed feel as luxe as possible. High-thread-count sheets, a duvet, extra pillows and an extra blanket always go a long way. If you tend to have a lot of guests, you might even want to purchase several sets of linens so can avoid the pressure of needing to do a giant wash in-between each guest’s arrival and departure.

 11: Bold Colors Work, Too

Emerald Green Bedroom

Emerald Green Bedroom

This emerald green bedroom is a striking space that has navy blue accents and a mirrored nightstand, creating a dazzling space.

Photo by: Horchow ©Horchow

Horchow, Horchow

You shouldn’t be afraid to try something bold in your guest bedroom, like a bright color or a fun wallpaper. This gorgeous green and blue palette looks chic, welcoming and sophisticated. In general, blues, greens and grays are great go-to hues. But if you want to go even bolder, think about picking a purple, bright yellow or even an orange.

 12: Bedside Lighting

Gray & White Modern Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Features Watercolor Wallpaper

Gray and white wallpaper gives the illusion of a watercolor painting in this guest bedroom. A pair of sconces above the headboard offer ambient lighting at night.

Photo by: Bruce Damonte

Bruce Damonte

Always try to make sure you have some sort of bedside lighting available. Table lamps are a simple solution to add to a bedside table, but sconces also work well. Plug-in sconces are a great option if you want to avoid any tricky installation or rewiring.

 13: Think Multipurpose

Contemporary Neutral Guest Bedroom With Beige Donghia Daybed

Neutral Guest Bedroom With Daybed

A daybed, like this Donghia daybed, is the perfect way to serve your guests' needs around the clock. During the day, the bed can serve as a sofa, offering your guests a quiet retreat of their own.

Sometimes we need to use our spaces for more than one thing. Perhaps your guest bedroom is also an office or craft room. It’s OK to think of the space for these multipurpose uses when designing them. A daybed is always a great solution in a multipurpose space because it's a couch one minute but can be quickly turned into a bed.

 14: Use All Available Space

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Guest Bedroom

HGTV Urban Oasis 2015 Guest Bedroom

Looking into the guest bedroom from the hallway at HGTV Urban Oasis 2015.

Photo by: Sarah Dorio

Sarah Dorio

In a smaller guest bedroom, don’t overlook any space as an opportunity to add a functional touch. Shelves can provide extra storage space on the wall. Perhaps you can sneak a pretty wicker basket under a bedside table. Or, if you're adding a bench to the end of the bed, think about finding one that also offers storage for extra pillows and blankets.

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