Although it isn't used every day, your guest room should be an inviting space where visitors to your home feel comfortable. With some creative interior design ideas, you can turn this room into a glamorous retreat your guests will love.
You can quickly give your guest room some extra appeal by changing the paint color on the walls or, even better, by adding some new wood walls to create a certain ambiance. With thousands of possibilities to choose from when it comes to wood, paints, or wallpaper, it is important to narrow your choices to those that complement the rest of your home. For a comfortable, relaxing feel, select a light, cool color or tone and use linens and accessories in soft shades of ivory, brown or gray. For a dramatic look, choose a deeper and darker tone and pair it with linens in complementary, softer hues and add touches of silver, gold or black for glam accents.
Hardwood flooring adds timeless character and elegance to your home, providing a beautiful backdrop for a guest room. You can choose from a wide variety of colors and finishes in solid wood, engineered, laminate, and vinyl wood flooring. If you're looking for more of a tranquil guest room, go with white oak, maple, or bamboo floors. For a richer, more luxurious feel, go with deeper shades of walnut or Brazilian cherry. Add dramatic touches with an exotic wood like natural Russian elm that provides visual interest and grain variations.
Accent pillows come in a variety of fabrics. For a subtle, sophisticated look, select solid color accent pillows in cotton, linen, or silk with fringe or tassels. You can also use novelty pillows that have special shapes and fun fabrics for a touch of fun.
To create a comfortable, inviting atmosphere in your guest room, provide a good balance of ambient, task, and accent lighting. Windows provide natural lighting and warmth. Ambient lighting and overhead lighting, like recessed lights, tracks lights, chandelier, and pendants, should provide uniform illumination without glare. Task lighting like table or desk lamps and wall-mounted reading lights are perfect for brightening up a specific area, while accent lighting used to spotlight art or accessories creates drama and visual interest.
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