Thursday, December 5, 2013

Design tips for a guest bedroom

When designing a spare bedroom, don’t haphazardly put a bed in the room and call it a guest bedroom. Think about how you'd like to use the space. You already have the extra room, so go the extra mile to furnish it and maximize the use of space. 

It’s important to keep a guest bedroom’s design as flexible as possible. Your guests’ style preferences are sure to be varied, so it’s good to create a neutral environment.

Before committing to anything, think of the function of the room. Do you have relatives from abroad or the province that you expect to visit every year? Do you have kids who love having sleepovers?

Knowing who and how many people are possibly coming over to stay in your guest bedroom is the first step to providing a customized design and layout to suit your guests’ needs.

Since the guest room is only used a couple of times year, you may also consider creating a multi-use space. On ordinary days when you have the house to yourself, what would you enjoy having an extra room for? 

The spare bedroom could be an entertainment room or den for starters. Just avoid choosing a type of space that you would need to use every day, even with the guests around. For instance, creating a combined guest room and home office wouldn’t work. Your work files might just overtake the entire room and not leave space for guests anymore. For multi-use spaces, use a daybed or a sofa bed to accommodate both environments. 

It’s important to keep a guest bedroom’s design as flexible as possible. Your guests’ style preferences are sure to be varied, so it’s good to create a neutral environment. You can achieve this by using neutral colors in different hues. Keep patterns simple and non- gender specific. Avoid overly feminine prints and heavy period styles. 

To accommodate the varying needs of your guests, the bedroom’s amenities should also be flexible. A pullout bed is a great feature to have, especially for children’s sleepovers or an extra bed to sleep in. Don’t forget storage for clothes. You may also use the same storage for pillows and blankets when not in use. - Aislinn Kee 


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