Let's face it, we've all been to that one guest bedroom where you felt a bit... uncomfortable. You kinda felt like you are invading someone's space and privacy because the guest bedroom that you are you're in has personal pictures of the family's summer vacation from 2010 hanging on the wall, along with some framed graduation pictures on the dresser of an unknown person from a school you've never heard of. This can be quite endearing if you are closely related or life long friends with the people in the pictures, but if you are staying at a friend of a friend's house for a night, you may feel like you are not so much a guest, but rather, intruding into someone's personal space. If you're like me, I'm sure you've had the following comments flood your mind in a mini-panic: Is this ACTUALLY a guest bedroom? Am I invading their space? Did someone have to forfeit this room for me to stay here? Am I inconveniencing anyone?
Now, I'm sure it was very nice of your cousin Tiffany to have her friend let you stay for the night before the big weekend wedding, but if you've ever stayed in a hotel or an AirBnB, you'll notice that most of these guest rooms have a specific feel to it - especially when it comes to the decor and the wall art. Here are some tips on how to use art and decor to make your guests feel more at home:
Neutral neutral neutral! Neutral colors are calming and diverse. Keep the wall art, aesthetic accents, and bed linens to soft neutral color palettes.
Avoid putting personal family pictures in the guest bedroom. Save those precious memories for the hallways and living rooms. Allow the guest to have their own distinct space.
Avoid monograms. Keep the monograms with your initials for your personal enjoyment in your own bedroom and bathroom.
Keep the wall art calm. Avoid loud designs and colors. Peaceful seascapes, landscapes, calm abstracts, florals, and city sky lines are a wonderful way to enhance the room in a pleasant, neutral way.
Avoid getting too kick-knacky. Make sure your space is functional with enough room for your guest to put their own items. Is there so much decor on the dresser that they can't set down their iPad without moving something? Accent decor, baskets, vases, and candles are a cozy addition to any room, just be mindful of space and functionality.
So there you have it! Remember that updating or changing your guest bedroom doesn't require an expensive makeover. Sometimes rearranging, removing a few items, and adding a nice neutral wall art can make the room a lovely space for any guest to enjoy.
Do you have any extra guest bedroom tips? Let me know in the comments below!