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
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