Create a Cozy Guest Room With Farmhouse Flair

Guest rooms often get the decorating leftovers, simply because they aren’t used as frequently as other spaces in the house. However, even hand-me-down furniture arranged in a small room can be cozy and inviting with the right finishing touches.

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Warm + Welcoming

When decorating a guest room, consider the color palette. Warm colors like golden yellows and buttery creams make a space feel happy and inviting, perfect choices for making your guests feel at home.

Layered + Comfortable Bedding

Since some people sleep hot and others sleep cold, provide layers of blankets that can be added or removed based on each guest’s preference. Select blankets of varying weights, colors and textures to add visual interest to the space as well.

Keep It Playful

Guest rooms can be fun, too! In fact, decorating a guest room with playful decor is an easy way to put your guests at ease. A few fun accessories that can spark conversation and a cheerful color scheme can achieve just that.

Think Through Routine

When decorating a guest room, think through your own daily routine. What do you use to get ready in the morning? What do you use before bed? Make sure those convenience items, like mirrors, a hairdryer, towels, etc., are available to guests.

Within Arm’s Reach

Even in tight spaces, it's important to provide a bedside table for reading glasses, a drink of water, a place to set a phone, etc. A small stool or a plant stand are great options when space is at a premium. No room for a lamp? Sconces provide a light for nighttime reading without taking up valuable square footage.

Refresh + Coordinate

Since guest rooms are most likely to get hand-me-down, mismatched or dated furniture, paint is an inexpensive way to refresh those pieces and coordinate them with other colors used in the room. Select bedding and fabrics first, then pull a coordinating paint color from the linens to tie the room together.

Vintage Elements

A guest room is also an ideal place to use thrifted vintage linens that might be too delicate for daily use. Just make sure that the linens can stand up to occasional washing and that they aren’t so precious that guests might feel like they’ll ruin it with use.

Personal Touches

A guest room becomes a visitor’s personal space when they’re occupying it but adding a few sentimental touches, like family heirlooms and photo albums, invites your guests to learn about your history. Small details set a guest room in a family’s home apart from a hotel.

Cozy Corner

Encourage your guests to sit back and relax by filling a corner with a comfy chair paired with a footstool or ottoman. Add in a basket of books and magazines and a reading lamp to make that nook even cozier.

Artwork

Whether it’s a print or an original work, artwork adds character and personality to a space. It’s a thoughtful way to feature local artists and/or sites that might be of interest to visitors. Antique markets and thrift stores are also a great place to hunt for unique and inexpensive pieces.

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