Common mistakes to avoid when preparing your guest bedroom

Decorating a guest bedroom is at once both exciting and tiresome. You have to ensure that it is comfortable for your guests and that it also fits in with the rest of your house. The guest bedroom is often neglected by some when decorating their homes, but it should not be. This is especially true if you are going to be using it for visiting family or renting it out as an AirBnB option. 

You will need to find duvets and comforters in South Africa which match the overall design of your room. And you will need to choose decor that is visually pleasing but not too quirky or personal. After all, your guests will be sleeping here, not you, and so the room should be comfortable and neutral. If you are planning on decorating your guest bedroom, read on below for some common mistakes to avoid.

The (very) bare essentials

While you might think that keeping out all personal objects from your guest bedroom is ideal, keeping the room too bare can make it feel unwelcoming. Which is the exact opposite of what you want for your guests.

Giving your guest bedroom a spartan look is not visually pleasing, but you do not have to go overboard with the decor in order to make it feel homey. You can hang some wall art or even introduce some colourful duvets and comforters from South Africa. A neutral look is best, but, if it is taken too far, the room can look too bare and uninviting.

Unfit for a king

Many guest bedrooms are small. And this means that you will not be able to fit in a large bed, such as a king or queen sized one. A huge bed placed in a small room not only diminishes walking space, but also becomes the focus of the room… and not in a good way.

You will need to choose a bed that is the right dimensions for your guest bedroom, or run the risk of the room appearing as though it was not thought out. Look for either a three-quarter or single bed and adorn it with cosy comforters and quilts. These will add comfort without taking up the much-needed floor space.

Make room for mood lighting

Even though you will not be using the guest bedroom that often, it is important to consider the lighting of the room. Having a single, bare ceiling light is not going to inspire rest and relaxation in your guests. Neither will a dim wall sconce or desk lamp.

You will need to ensure that there is ample task, ambient and accent lighting in your guest bedroom. You can do this by including a ceiling light and a desk, wall or floor lamp in the room. This way, your guests can choose what brightness they want in the room when they need it. Be sure to choose lampshades that match the overall theme of the room in order to maintain symmetry and synchronicity.

Where are the window coverings?

If your guest bedroom has stunning views of your garden or of the local scenery, you might balk at the thought of covering the windows to limit this. However, it is unlikely that your guests will appreciate the rays of the early morning sun hitting their faces when they want to sleep in for a few more hours.

You will need to install curtains or blinds in your guest room. Not only will these allow them to keep out the bright rays of the sun while they sleep in, it will also give them a sense of privacy. They will not have to worry about seeing you walk past their window while you are out in the garden. And they can go about their business in the guest room without having to worry about privacy. Choose curtains or blinds that are the right length and width and be sure to look for calming colours that do not clash with your design choices.

To TV or not to TV, that is the question

More often than not, your guests will want to retire to the guest bedroom to relax after a day of activities. Many people choose to relax by watching their favourite series or even a good film. You will need to think carefully about having a TV in your guest bedroom, as this will depend on who will be staying there.

If your family members will be using your guest bedroom, then you can likely forego having a TV in it. They will be spending their time visiting with you and will not need a television to entertain them. If, however, you are planning on renting the room out as an AirBnB, then you should invest in a television for the room. Be sure to choose one that is the right size for the room and does not cover the entire wall.