Styling the perfect guest bedroom

We’re currently looking at moving house, and near the top of my list when we’re house hunting is an extra bedroom so we can have a room that’s permanently set up as a guest bedroom. We live far away from family and have lots of friends scattered around the country so I would love to have a room for them to stay in when they visited rather than them having to sleep on the sofa or on a blow up mattress in my office! I’m always looking at guest bedroom decor inspiration for when I’m ready to get styling the perfect guest bedroom.

I really like a fresh and neutral colour palate and will be leaning towards white and greys. This works well and can be adapted for anyone that comes to stay. I love the clean lines of a Scandi style space and the greys of Nordic styling but also want a luxe feel so lots of throws and texture too. 

This room is beautifully laid out, they have really kept the guest in mind with making sure there are towels, spare blankets and even a pair of slippers!

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Image from tatertots and jello – top tips for creating the perfect guest room

This is beautifully styled bed by The White Company, I love the blankets and co-ordinating cushions. It’s really simple but elegant styling.

styling the perfect guest bedroom

Hanbury Collection by The White Company

I think it’s important to have bedside tables or units if there is the space for them. Perfect for bedside lamps, books and even fresh flowers.


I love being clever with storage and keeping in mind the aesthetics when picking pieces out. This wooden ladder shelf unit is great for towels, toiletries, reading material and even a few little pot plants!


See my Guest Bedroom Pinterest board for more inspiration on styling the perfect guest bedrom

Follow Coffeeworksleep’s board Guest bedroom on Pinterest.



On a practical note, having a dedicated guest room doesn’t have to mean that you’ve got less storage. If you get a larger sized ottoman  bed you can use the bed as storage as well. It’s really handy for things like spare linens, towels and even out of season clothes all in vacuum packed storage bags. You can be clever with storage without having to compromise the style. On the subject of storage make sure that you have somewhere for guests to put their luggage, if there’s space for drawers/a wardrobe make it clear they can utilise them.

When the styling and practicality is down you need to think of what else to add in the room to make your guests as comfortable and looked after as possible. When there’s been a long journey the best thing is being met with a ready made relaxing guest bedroom.

I’ve pored over those Pinterest tutorials on how to be the best host and read those posts listing the essentials your guest room needs (I know, I’m such a goon). It all pays off though, here are some of the ideas I’ve collated for my perfect guest bedroom.


Freshly made bed with guest towels, obviously

Extra blankets and pillows

Scented candles and matches

Bedside lamps


Fresh flowers


Wifi code

Accessible power sockets

Toiletries – a great idea I read somewhere mentioned having a basket of mini samples of things like shampoo, body wash etc.

Things to read, books, magazines, etc

If you’ve got kids staying in the room as well then think about anything else that might be useful, a few toys, or books for example


What have I missed? Can you think of more?

Do you like the style of my guest bedroom?


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  • Fionnuala Zinnecker - September 21, 2016 reply

    One thing I always keep in our guest bedroom is a large bottle of sparkling water and a couple of glasses on nice coasters or a tray. We have blackout blinds on the windows too. Not everyone wants to wake at the crack of dawn when they visit us in summer 😉

    morgana - September 21, 2016 reply

    What a great idea, I’ll have to add those to my list! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries - September 23, 2016 reply

    Aaaah SO happy to have you linking up lovely!!!! It’s so weird — when you’re in Insta-World you tend to forget that other people have blogs too!!!! So lovely to have a proper introduction to your little corner 🙂 Love these ideas — especially the little locker style bedside cabinet — just gorgeous! Caro x #HomeEtc
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  • Becky at PinksCharming - September 23, 2016 reply

    Such lovely ideas – it would be so great to have a guest room but I fear if we did have one it would just become a junk/laundry drying room like it was before we had kids! xx #HomeEtc
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  • Nicky Kentisbeer - September 26, 2016 reply

    What lovely clean lines for a guest bedroom and I love your list and all the detail. It’s so lovely to get a warm and comfortable welcome when staying anywhere isn’t it and to be greeted with a crisp bed and towels as you walk in is fabulous. I think you have thought of everything (other than a turn-down service!). #HomeEtc

  • mummyofboygirltwins - September 26, 2016 reply

    Thanks for joining us! Great to see you 🙂 Love your blog sooooo much. I love having a spare bedroom made up, it saves lots of hassle and moving kids around. I love the styles you have. Thanks for linking and sharing much appreciated. Jess xx


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