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How to create the perfect guest bedroom

How to create the perfect guest bedroom

Having guests stay over often signals an exciting occasion – whether you’re hosting a celebration at home, they’re enjoying a trip in your local area or they’re simply stopping over on their way to something special. When your guests come over, it’s important to make them feel welcome by creating a relaxing environment where they can unwind and reset their social batteries after a busy day of activities.

Take a look at these guest room ideas and find out how you can elevate your guest bedroom from a simple sleeping spot to a soothing sanctuary that will feel like a home away from home for your friends and family.


Prioritise comfort

Hotel rooms can often be cold and uninviting, with overly firm beds and uncomfortable blankets. By inviting guests into your home, you can provide them with a much cosier and more personal atmosphere to relax in.

Make sure you provide as much cosiness as possible with throws, cushions and rugs on the bed. They’ll not only ensure guests are warm by giving them the option of adding layers but can also bring a variety of textures into a room - making it appear more homely and welcoming. Providing spare blankets and bedding in easy reach can also help make sure everyone’s prepared for unexpected changes in temperature.


Good lighting

One of the hallmarks of a calm, positive environment is good lighting. Lighting can completely transform a space - whether it’s spotlighting to increase emotional intensity, or candlelight to create a romantic atmosphere. Colours are also important - blue light can encourage calmness and trust, while orange light is seen to be friendlier and aid productivity. [1]

In your guest bedroom, we recommend keeping lights soft and evenly distributed throughout the space. As well as architectural lighting, consider adding ambient lighting in the form of lamps to set the mood - your guests will enjoy turning off the overhead lights and curling up with a book before bed. Ensure that all spaces have as much natural light as possible by opting for light blinds or curtains, as long as their opacity doesn’t prevent your guests from getting a good night’s sleep.


Keep decor simple

When we look at an object, light-sensitive cells in our eyes called photoreceptors detect wavelengths of light and relay this information back to neurons in our visual cortex, creating a picture. [2] Too many bright colours or clutter at once can cause an information overload and lead to visual stress, often resulting in unpleasant emotions.

For this reason, simplicity is key when it comes to interior design. When decorating your guest bedroom, avoid any themes or colours that are too overpowering, garish or intense. Sticking to airy, elegant shades ensures your guest bedroom is not only calming but also operates as a blank slate that your guests can make their own. If you want to add a personal touch, opt for small accessories like brightly coloured cushions that will help the room pop without crowding it.


Add fragrance

Fragrance is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal when setting a mood. Our sense of smell is more closely linked with memory than any other sense, as well as being highly emotive. [3] Adding bedroom scents to your guest room will therefore elevate the space from just a bed to sleep into a warm and welcoming environment your guests will remember for years to come.

When it comes to fragrances for bedrooms, the Air Wick Plug-in Scented Oils are a great choice. These diffusers are easy to plug in and last for up to 100 days – ensuring your guests are greeted with a gentle and delicate aroma throughout the entirety of their stay. You can pick and choose scents that suit your personality, from Crisp Linen & Lilac to Island Mango. For your guests, experiencing these beautiful scents both now and in the future will forever bring back memories of your kindness and hospitality.


  1. Stylish London Living, The Importance of Lighting in Your Home,
  2. Business Standard, How does brain process colours
  3. Fifthsense, Psychology and smell