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Guest room ideas

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Guests: whether unexpected or planned, to have guests at home is always a pleasure, and can be an adventure when you need to try and figure out where they can sleep, eat and socialise—but that's part of the fun. Many of us do not have enough space for a guest room, or do not see the value in setting up the spare room because it is your prized study or studio.

But if we have the extra room, why not be the perfect hosts and turn it into a wonderful guest room? We know the basics for sleeping: a bed, sofa bed, futon or, in the worst case, an inflatable mattress (of course including bedding a pillows). Other accessories also include a night stand, a clock and a lamp. It's the extra details that make all the difference. Let homify take you on a tour of some great guest bedroom examples.


Wimbledon:  Bedroom by LEIVARS



In the hit TV series Friends, Monica Geller had a fascination with putting guest rooms together. The desired effect, as pictured, is to create a scene that is romantic but not cheesy. A delicate floral wallpaper has been coupled with Queen Anne style furniture, giving it a vintage yet warm feel. You want to make the room seem as inviting as possible, unless of course, you don't want your guests to linger a few more days!


The characteristics of Scandinavian style are functionality and comfort, with refined flashes of colour. The approach is to maximise the available space in every room; no angle, corner or nook should be wasted. It is also important to ensure that guests have ample storage space. Everyone knows that living out of a suitcase can be tiresome, so, let your guests relax, unwind and most importantly, make themselves at home in their temporary bedroom


Beautiful, cosy, simple and practical—sort of like a dream hairstyle, cut with precision but effortless to maintain. Many people use the leftovers from other rooms to make up their guest rooms, and whilst this is the most practical idea, it often times looks mismatched and confusing. The important thing when creating a rustic look is to ensure that whilst things may not necessarily match, to ensure that they are appropriately balanced.  

2 in 1

As we mentioned earlier, what happens if you do not have the space for guests when the moment arises? The only option for you in this case, is to integrate their stay into your spare room. Using the picture for illustrative purposes, you can easily add a bed into a study with just the basics. Inflatable furniture is great for fast bedding—you can very easily pump it into shape, and then once you're done, tuck it away in a cupboard or shelf. This is a great option for those who are a little starved for extra room.


The attic—the most common space in the home for storage of unused, unwanted or forgotten about items. Here you will find fad infomercial exercise equipment, children's textbooks, and even clothes you cannot bear to throw away. It's a shame really, because attic spaces with their pitched roofs and lowered ceiling spaces, have a certain charm or magic about them. You can easily set up a great bedroom for guests here, as it doesn't affect the available space in the home. You can also implement a better storage system instead of the old faithful cardboard box to make sure everything you need is within reach. We love the little window in this attic, it's like a little space you can peer out the window and watch the stars. 

A loft without divisions

For those who live a little differently, or like pictured, in an open loft space, the problem becomes where to add a bed or furniture when boundaries don't exist. If adding a bed is inevitable because a solution cannot be found with a sofa bed or couch, then the only thing to do is to ensure the bed blends seamlessly into the décor in the rest of the space. Here, you can see how the use of canary yellow has been employed to tie the bed into the rest of the space. This is a perfect example of how a living and sleeping space can be tied in perfectly together.  

What are some tips and tricks that you use when unexpected guests come to stay? Let us know!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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