30 Dreamy Guest Bedroom Ideas

December 2, 2020 | Casper Editorial Team

One of the joys of owning a home is decorating and having friends and family over to visit. If you aren’t sure what to do with your spare bedroom, make it into a guest bedroom! Guest rooms provide a personalized space for visitors to stay. 

Your guest room should be a peaceful oasis for your guests to relax and unwind during their trip. Whether you’re hosting for the holidays or looking for ways to dress up your spare bedroom, we’ve rounded up 30 guest bedroom ideas that are sure to make your loved ones feel right at home. If you’re looking for some additional bedroom decor tips, shop our holiday collections below for everything you need to make your bedroom magical.

1. Start with Cohesive Bedding

Bedding is such an important part of any bedroom aesthetic. We recommend keeping things simple with a classic, cohesive design. Stick to neutral colors and purchase a matching bed set. When it comes to the duvet vs. comforter debate, we recommend going for a duvet. These are more versatile and easy to care for so you can switch them out if you have new guests arriving. 

When shopping for sheets, look for soft, yet breathable fabric — like Casper’s Percale sheets — that your guests will love. These sheets come with matching pillowcases and a duvet cover, so you can impress your guests without doing any extra shopping.

2. Add Playful Pillows

Buying classic bedding gives you the opportunity to play around with fun pillow designs. Add a touch of warmth to the room with throw pillows or get creative with graphic pillowcases. Regardless of the design you choose, make sure your guests have a supportive, cooling foam pillow to lay their head on each night.

3. Include a Stylish Bed Frame

Bed frames are commonly overlooked when choosing bedroom decor. There are so many different bed styles out there and bed frames not only support your mattress, but they’re also a great way to add subtle design to a bedroom. Add texture to your guest room with an upholstered bed frame or opt for a wooden bed frame for a more rustic feel.

4. Dress Up Your Nightstand

Nightstands are a bedroom staple. However, that doesn’t mean they need to be boring. Make sure your nightstand is useful and equipped with storage so your guests can charge their phones and have a place to store books while they stay. When shopping for a bedside table, we recommend looking for a clean and modern design — opt for neutral colors that match your bedding and bed frame.

5. Add Alternative Lighting

Light can make or break a bedroom. The right type of lighting can lull you into sleep, while the wrong type of lighting can keep you up all night. Make sure the lighting you choose creates a relaxing environment for your friends and family. 

Avoid bright lights and look for more alternative lighting options like Casper’s Glow Light. The Glow Light is designed to help you fall asleep. It has a self-dimming, warm light that creates a soothing atmosphere, so your guests will doze off into better, deeper sleep.

6. Warm Up the Room with Blankets

If you’ve opted for neutral bedding, blankets are a great way to add color and texture to your space without going overboard. Throw blankets are perfect for styling and are a great addition to help your guests cozy up while staying in your space. Look for patterns that match your pillows to create a cohesive design. Weighted blankets are also a valuable addition to any bedroom. They’re not only cozy but also calming — perfect for guests who suffer from anxiety before bed.

7. Play Around with Plants

Plants add a nice natural look to any bedroom. They also provide several benefits outside of making shelves look brighter. Certain bedroom plants have the ability to boost mood, reduce stress levels, and naturally filter air pollutants. Snake plants, heartleaf philodendrons, and golden pothos work well in almost any indoor space. Add a vase of fresh flowers to help make your guests feel welcome.

8. Add Vibrant Rugs

If your guest bedroom is lacking color, add a lively rug to spice up the design. Place a bold rug under the bed or a smaller, bright rug by the door. To make sure the rug blends in with the space, consider matching it with a few accessories such as wall art or throw pillows.

9. Include Additional Seating

When decorating your guest bedroom, make sure your guests have places to sit, relax, and converse. Add a small sofa or ottoman to optimize the area. If you’re working with a smaller space, add a bench to the foot of the bed or place a chair in the corner.

10. Use Twin Beds

If you’re used to having nieces, nephews, or grandchildren stay over, consider adding twin beds to the room instead. This will provide additional areas for people to sleep without taking up any more space. Twin mattresses can also be used on bunk beds or ottomans.

11. Add a Mirror

Make sure your guest bedroom is equipped with a full-length mirror so your guests can get ready. Adding mirrors can also make a space feel larger. If you lack wall space, consider hanging a mirror on the back of the door.

12. Optimize the Storage Space

Your guests are traveling to visit you and will likely have bags full of clothes along with them. To make sure they aren’t living out of their suitcases, provide adequate storage in the guest bedroom. If you’re working with a tight space, look for a bed with storage built into the bottom or the frame.

13. Create a Theme

Your guests will love a themed bedroom! Make them really feel like they’re on vacation by creating a resort- or tropical-themed bedroom. If you live in a colder climate, create a more rustic vibe so they feel like they’re staying at a cabin in the woods.

14. Hang Cohesive Wall Art

Wall art is a great way to personalize a space. Consider the theme of the bedroom and go from there. If you’re opting for a tropical theme, add prints of leaves or plants. If you’re going for a more rustic design, consider grouping together wooden or woven artwork to create a purposeful, cohesive design.

15. Include Activities to Pass the Time

Make sure your guests aren’t bored during their down time. Include books for them to read, games to play, and maybe even add a TV to the bedroom. You want to make sure they feel comfortable using your guest room for more than just sleeping.

16. Make Sure Fido Has a Place to Sleep

If your guests will be traveling with their favorite furry companion, make sure Fido has a place to sleep. Add a cute dog bed to the room that matches your bedding.

17. Provide Breakfast in Bed

A vacation isn’t complete without breakfast in bed! Go the extra mile by leaving a serving tray on their bed with coffee, mints, chocolates, or any other snacks. They’ll appreciate the extra steps you took to make them feel right at home.

18. Stock Up on Towels and Toiletries

Lastly, make sure your guest room is completed with fresh towels and essential toiletries. No one likes to use old or dirty towels, so make sure everything is clean before they arrive. Don’t forget to include toothpaste, extra toothbrushes, soaps, and towels as well.

Additional Ideas for Your Dreamy Guest Bedroom

Looking for more ways to impress your guests? Check out our list below.

  1. Provide chargers so your guests can charge their phones. 
  2. Add a minibar or kitchen area. 
  3. Include a futon so your guests have extra seating and sleeping space. 
  4. Provide an eye mask and earplugs so your guests can sleep peacefully. 
  5. If you live in a hot climate, make sure your guests have a fan to stay cool. 
  6. Personalize the bedroom with printed wallpaper. 
  7. Add chalkboard paint to a wall and add a favorite quote or have your guests join in on the fun by creating their own design. 
  8. If your guests have to work while they visit, set up a desk so they have their own workspace. 
  9. Add texture to the bedroom with printed curtains. 
  10. Wow your guests with a floral accent wall. 
  11. Make the space feel cozy and intimate by adding a dividing screen. 
  12. Include a vanity area so your guests have a space to get ready.

How to Decorate a Guest Room

The best way to decorate a guest bedroom is to start with a theme. Do you want the room to mirror the rest of your home decor or do you want it to have its own unique theme? If you’re stuck, use Pinterest to inspire your bedroom decorating ideas. 

Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can move on to paint colors and bedding design. We recommend keeping your bedroom colors and bedding neutral, then adding pops of colors with throw pillows, colorful blankets, and vibrant rugs. 

Go the extra mile by including extra seating, a full-length mirror, and plenty of storage so your guests can feel comfortable getting ready and using the guest bedroom for more than sleep. If you really want to wow your guests, include fresh towels, toiletries, and games for them to play in their free time. 

If you still aren’t sure how to decorate your guest bedroom, check out our gift shop. We include everything you need to create a comfy guest bedroom your friends and family will never want to leave.