Decorating a Guest Bedroom

I'd like ideas for brightening up a spare room which is occasionally used as a guest room. It has the basic bedroom setup, but needs some simple, inexpensive, easy to maintain decor. Thank you!

By Carly K from Winona, MN

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

I let my family, in particular hubby, decide what the rest of the house is like, but once all the kids left, I use one bedroom as a guest room/sewing room. I left the walls as is, a neutral color, but the decor is more like what my grandmother had in hers, I have an old dresser that I use as my computer table, and an old Singer sewing machine table, minus the old machine, that I use for my new sewing machine.

I had been buying doilies, afghans, old quilts, old table cloths, pillowcases, etc for years at flea markets, garage sales, etc, and now use those to decorate my guest room. I just make sure there are empty drawers and some hanging space in the closet for guests to use, and save all of the free samples of personal products that come in the mail, and other items a guest may need, like small sizes of headache relief, toothpaste, etc, collected in an old basket on the bedside table.

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

Great suggestion! No matter how beautiful the room, if it isn't comfy and user friendly it's just not right! Thank you.

Carly K

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

Something I will be doing in my den might be an idea for your guest room. I've bought a lovely stencil (leaf with swirl design around it) which I will paint in various spots on the walls using a farily dry brush. Simply dab the paint into the stencil design. You could use a contrasting colour or a different hue of the same colour. My den will be a shade called Sun-Dried Tomato and the stencil will be painted in a colour that is next to it on the paint chip or maybe I'll go completely different. Time yet to think about it.

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

Be basic and neutral when designing, yet eligent, because you really don't want to insult guests who are male with frilly girly room when its obvious he is the only guest maybe some mix of both male and female colors. A sturdy bed with a white ruffle would not be bad. A couple nature pictures of fawns, and adult deer for the hunter and the dear girl friend, or mother. Make it personal with a plack on the door that says Carly's guest bedroom white and green only paint. Well good luck!

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August 9, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks to all who responded! Your ideas and suggestions are very helpful, you've inspired me to get moving on this.

Carly K

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

I once took an old decorative picture frame that didn't have a picture in it and put part of a fabric remnant inside it. I stapled it from the back and it made a nice piece of art to hang up.

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