saddle-river-showhouse-bedroom-interior-design-5-1024x768Maybe you just moved to a new place and have a spare room. Perhaps your kids recently moved out and you’d like to convert their old bedrooms. Maybe you finally cleaned out your craft room and you’re ready for something new. Maybe you just want more house guests. No matter what your motivation might be for creating a guest room, it’s important to create a place your visitors will feel comfortable with. Whether you’re working with a large or small space it’s possible to create a guest bedroom your visitors will want to stay in again and again.

Color | The first thing you should choose is your color scheme. Most guest rooms feature neutral tones for a reason: they’re calming. When your guests visit, they’ll retreat to their room for relaxation and rest. Some people find it difficult to unwind in a room that has bright, bold colors. While bright red or lime green might be fine for your teen’s bedroom, consider choosing something more neutral for your guest room. For example, you could paint the walls a cream color or even opt for light blue.

It’s important to choose your guest room bedroom paint colors before you choose anything else in the room. This is because the walls will essentially be the base of the room. This means that you’ll choose your paint color, then make other decisions for decor based on that color. For example, if you choose to have light green walls, you can incorporate a springtime theme in the room. You can place a colorful quilt on the bed, choose paintings that feature nature and even have green throw rugs on the floor.

Clutter | No matter what room you choose to use for guests, it’s important that you declutter the space before you let your guests stay in the room. While you might not mind clutter yourself, it can be stressful for guests to be around. Many guests are quite sensitive when it comes to having too much “stuff” in their space and may feel uncomfortable with large amounts of clutter. Clearing the junk and unecessary items from your guest room will also give you a larger space to work with.

Consider moving any boxes or excess furniture to your garage. You may also want to minimize the amount of souvenirs and trinkets you have in the room. Remember that while teacups, teddy bears and glass figurines might hold special memories, they also take up a lot of space. Aim to keep these items in your own bedroom instead of your guest room.

Furniture | Consider using furniture you already have to furnish the guest room. Many items you already own can easily be modified or spruced up for your guest room space. Something as simple as painting an old dresser or adding a new coat of varnish can give a tired piece of furniture a whole new look.

If you need a few new pieces for your guest room, check local estate sales, garage sales and thrift stores. Many people will try to get rid of old furniture at low prices, which means you can furnish your guest room inexpensively quite easily. While used furniture might need a bit of work to be guest-room ready, a bit of creativity can go a long way. Something as simple as replacing the knobs on an old dresser can give the piece a brand new look.

No matter how big or small your guest room might be, remember that the goal is to make your guests happy. Even if there are a few elements of the room you don’t completely love, it’s fine as long as your visitors enjoy the room. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family members or neighbors their opinions on your guest room. They may be able to offer some valuable ideas you might not have otherwise thought of.