Guest Room Design Ideas

Guest rooms are common in most homes today. Given specific usage of space for different activities of your home, lack of walls or boundaries, clever design ideas and a predominantly apartment build-up, guests need to have their own space to unwind. Guest rooms are therefore increasingly well thought out and put together spaces. Guest room design ideas combine the intimacy and charm of a home with all the amenities of a hotel. Putting together a haphazard one, defeats the purpose of having a guest room and must therefore be done after careful thought.

Details That Go Into A Guest Room

To begin designing a guest room it is important to consider essential comforts of a travel-weary traveler. The basics that one would need are a luxurious or comfortable bed, a small table to hold books, pens, computer and other knick-knacks, a chair, phone chargers, and toiletries. A guest bedroom is a space occupied only at certain times and therefore the room’s decor and design can be played with often - something that wouldn’t be as easy to do in a personal space. Although there are a gamut of things to consider when designing guest rooms, we’ve elaborated a few below. Pick and choose what works best for you, merge a few options, contrast your likes, play around with elements and use your guest room as a blank palette to experiment with home design.
DC Tips
# Place most used dishes in accessible cabinets
# Stack your pots and pans in lower cabinets near the stove

Rest In Comfort

Beds are the most crucial furniture in a guest room since they are used most frequently. Consider buying a queen or king-sized bed with a solid, comfortable headboard to begin with. This single piece can be a blessing, especially considering that your guests may want to lounge around and listen to music or work while resting against the headboard. Comfort is key and it begins from a place of rest.
DC Tips
# Use lifts to stack spice jars
# You can also keep daily crockery here
Rest In Comfort

Up The Vibrancy

Unlike the rest of your home, a guest bedroom can be a play on art, a smorgasbord of different influences, a collection of photographs or art forms. Walls are a blank surface that can elevate the room when embellished with artistic influences, something that may otherwise need careful planning for the rest of your home.
DC Tips
# Live-edge shelves give a nice rustic look
# Use kitchen corners for open shelving
Up The Vibrancy

Create Privacy

A separate area for changing and dressing may not be possible in a small guest room, therefore a makeshift one near the wardrobe can work just as well. Use a room separator or curtain and add interesting decor to embellish the space.
DC Tips
# All counter spaces don’t need to be of the same material; marble or granite work well near the sink/ stove
# Choose colours that will blend into different decor motifs
Create Privacy

Invite The Green Within

Peppiness and warmth are two instant mood-lifters and greenery does both. With large French windows and open spaces, it is easy to bring a garden indoors by placing potted table vases, large window pots and climbers/ trellis in open spaces. Green is an uplifter of moods and needs little embellishment in a guest room.
DC Tips
# Lazy Susan’s are great to store condiments and spices inside
# Put shelf risers or hooks to maximise space in your kitchen cupboard
Invite The Green Within

Comfortable Furnishings

Lighting plays a big role in transforming the look of the space from simple to luxurious. Concealed lighting, wall-sconces, warm lights placed over hidden nooks lends warmth and interesting highlights and makes the room more inviting.
DC Tips
# Use the top drawer to organise kitchen knives
# Bring your plates down from cabinets to drawers for easy access
Comfortable Furnishings

Mirror Highlights

Large mirrors placed over a dresser give a sense of the largeness of space. Even if your guests are confined to one room, the space will feel more open and not claustrophobic.
DC Tips
# 40 x40 inches is a good kitchen island size
# Keep at least 36 inches between kitchen island and other counter spaces
Mirror Highlights

Partitioned Frames

Temporary mesh wooden or metal partitions lend an interesting highlight to guest rooms. They can be moved around and divide the room into smaller sections for easy use and access to different tasks.
DC Tips
# Warmer or cool colours work well
# Determine the material based on where the tiles will be installed
Partitioned Frames

Contempoprary Wardrobes

Wardrobes or cupboards are a must-have in guest rooms. Besides the storage of clothes, they help guests place different things. Choices range from wooden to metal cupboards, glossy to matte finish wardrobes. No matter the finish, what matters is a guest’s comfort and whether they are making optimal use of the space.
DC Tips
# Shelves must not be deeper than 16”-20”
# Maintain a simple colour palette
Contempoprary Wardrobes

Balcony View

As unique as this might seem, designing guest rooms with small balconies or adding window seating makes the room open, airy, allows some light and breeze in. Rather than claustrophobic, these provide space for work and quiet contemplation. Designing guest rooms comes with its own rules and cannot follow a similar pattern as designs for other rooms in the house. A few pointers need to be kept in mind when going about them.
DC Tips
# Install and outlet in the cabinet for a microwave
# Stainless steel or aluminium is easy to maintain and clean
Balcony View

Avail A Neutral Color Palette

Guest bedrooms are often occupied by extended family, across all age groups. These may be little children, older parents and extended family. Keeping the color palette neutral or pastel-hued, makes it easy for everyone to adapt to the space seamlessly. It also forms a backdrop against which furniture and furnishings can be moved around and aligned based on specific needs of individuals.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Avail A Neutral Color Palette

Soften Room Transitions

Guest rooms can be isolated and separate, especially so if the contrast in colors and designs from the rest of the house are harsh. Transitioning rooms with half wall separators, built-in benches, furniture or door curtains make it easier to seamlessly move from one room to the other.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Soften Room Transitions

Stick To Minimalism

Rooms for guests shouldn’t be a dumping ground for unused furniture or accessories, heavy and laden with discards. Minimalism is key when designing such rooms, especially since sticking to essentials instead of bulky extras will make it more inviting. A built-in storage nook above sleeping area, trunk cum storage at the foot of the bed and other such multi-functional furniture helps optimise such spaces. It also adds easy elegance to it.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Stick To Minimalism

Optimise Every Inch Of Space

As contradictory as this may seem to the above point, it is essential especially since everything needs to be provided to your guests in as little space as possible. Fill the space with essentials that would not require your guest to come searching for it outside their room. This may be their use for a workspace or even a hangout area.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Optimise Every Inch Of Space

Use Wall Decor Cleverly

With much of the rest of your home occupied by tables, shelves, and lighting fixtures, a great way to work around space optimisation in guest rooms is to place these on the walls. Built-in overhead lighting, wall mounted sconces, bookshelves and hanging fixtures take-away floor occupancy and increase room space.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Use Wall Decor Cleverly

Opt For Glass Wherever Possible

Keeping the guest room private yet affording easy movement can be done with frosted glass panelling. Balcony doors, wall separators in this material afford privacy while still ensuring seamless movement of space.
DC Tips
# Opt for a colour different to your cabinet body
# Recommended material is exterior grade MDF board
Opt For Glass Wherever Possible
Guest rooms are special rooms that afford a great canvas to play with, especially when considering a variety of design and decor ideas. The one rule of thumb is to ensure that the ambiance of comfort and warmth is maintained and enhanced by great interior design ideas ensuring your guest feels at home. ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ being the cornerstone of Indian culture means that our guests must be assured of a comfortable stay with us. Guests step into our homes for a brief while yet are welcomed with open arms and hearts. When they leave feeling happy, rejuvenated and with a smile, then that’s a job well done. The first step to this is giving them a well designed and comfortable guest room.
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