The spare bedroom is a valuable asset that should not be neglected! So, if your bedroom is now overloaded with unopened boxes, pay attention! It’s time to transform that glorified dumping ground into a multi-functional, hotel-worthy sanctuary that will even please your mother-in-law. Is your spare room also serving as your home office? Continue scrolling because we’ve got you covered as well.
How to Design the Spare Bedroom?
You might think that your guest bedroom needs to be simple and neutral in order to appeal to a wide range of tastes, but you’d be mistaken! Your extra bedroom is the ideal area to try new things and express yourself. After all, your visitors are staying in your home, so make sure they have a complete, immersive experience! If you prefer neutral colors, that’s fine, but if you’re a fan of vivid patterns and color, don’t be afraid to show it off in front of your guests.
Green bedrooms are the favorite for many people. Not just because we like it, but because it’s the most relaxing color for your eyes, helping to a good night’s sleep, according to color psychology. Pink is also a lovely color for bedrooms, and Lick’s color guru Tash Bradley, whom we recently profiled, calls it “the color of cuddling.” Blue is also a soothing, calming color, making it ideal for the most peaceful space in your home.
It should come as no surprise that bedding is crucial to a well-designed guest room. You can afford to go all out because the bed will be made 90% of the time because you won’t be taking pillows and throwing them on and off every day! To create a bed that your guests can’t wait to jump into, layer in plenty of tactile texture with throws and cushions in various materials.
Thread count is less entertaining, but no less vital for a good night’s sleep! The higher the thread count, the better the quality, is the usual rule. This isn’t always the case, though. Extra threads called ‘picks’ can be weaved into the weft threads, increasing the thread count but not necessarily the quality, so be aware of low-cost sheets with a high thread count. Aiming for a thread count between 300 – 800 should ensure a good night’s sleep.
Lighting is so key to any room as it creates the right mood and can transform the feel of a space the second you enter. In a bedroom you need a combination of ambient and task lighting. Ambient lighting, such as low table and floor lamps, draw you down into a space and calm you before sleeping. Brighter task lighting is also crucial for areas in the room your guests need to get dressed and ready in the morning. If your spare bedroom is a little on the small side why not install hanging pendants on either side of the bed, eliminating the need for large bedside tables? There are now many ‘plug and play’ solutions at an accessible price point, so you don’t always need an electrician for this.
Point of focus
Every space, including your spare bedroom, needs a focal point to draw your attention in when you walk in. Because the bed is likely to be the most prominent piece of furniture in the room, make it the main point as well. Make a highlight wall with colorful wallpaper or go for something genuinely distinctive with a wall mural to turn it into a work of art.
Headboards with a statement should also be considered. Large headboards are not only utilitarian, as they insulate the space, enhance comfort, and prevent draughts, but they can also be a wonderful conversation piece. The more intricate it is, the more likely it is to attract notice.
If the headboard on your bed lacks the wow factor, you may always paint one against the back wall to bring your interest there. A slight arch pulls the eye to the bed, but for something truly unforgettable, go big with a giant orange sunset.