Brighten Up Your Guest Room

Having a guest room is very convenient when guests come to visit. And though it gets used less than other rooms in your home, you’ll still want it to look its best. Visitors should feel welcome, relaxed and comfortable. If your guest room is lacking those qualities or looking a little boring and dated, it’s time for some improvement.


The floor is the second largest surface in a room so changing the flooring can make a big difference. Carpet is always a popular option for bedrooms because it reduces noise and keeps the floor at a comfortable temperature. If your carpet has worn spots, permanent stains, matted fibers, or dated color, it’s time for replacement.

Everyone loves hardwood floors, but if you’d prefer lower cost flooring, you can get almost the same look with a laminate floor. Laminate flooring is available in almost as many colors, finishes, and plank sizes as traditional hardwood, so it’s really versatile and fits with every style.

Wallpaper and Paint

Paint is always popular because it’s inexpensive and many people opt to make it a DIY project. But if you’d rather not, there are plenty of other options. Wallpaper, fabric, or even low cost flooring used on the walls can give your room a truly unique look.

A popular and trendy use for low cost flooring is as an accent wall. Laminate planks can be arranged vertically, horizontally, diagonally or in a herringbone pattern for visual interest. If you don’t want an accent wall, you could do all the walls with laminate planks. If you like that look, but have a small room, stick to a light color. If those options won’t work for your room, but you want to try a flooring wall, consider doing just a section. For example, add laminate flooring to the the middle of the wall, the bottom, a distinct section on each side, cover an alcove, or add an accent on a sliding barn door.

Furniture and Décor

Make sure furniture is in good shape and still appropriate for how your family uses the room. Rearranging, adding, or removing pieces can give the room a different look. If you’re going for a drastic style change or update, you’ll probably want to replace it. Don’t feel guilty about getting rid of it all – take your older pieces down to Goodwill and share the wealth with those less fortunate.


For a guest room, the centerpiece is always the bed. Find a bed that you love, and design around it. Be sure to replace the mattress. A new mattress will help your guests get a great night’s sleep and awake refreshed and ready for the day’s adventures.

For accessories and bedding, use consistent styles and colors, and don’t go overboard. They should reflect the overall style of the room.

Window Treatments and Lighting

Curtains and custom blinds will both work in bedrooms. The right window treatments will not only need to be stylish, but let in or block the right amount of light depending on the time of day and usage required. Don’t forget, the level of light you choose to let in will affect the amount of artificial light you’ll need in the room. Updating the light fixtures often gets overlooked, but it will keep the room from looking dated and improve energy efficiency.

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