Make a small room feel bigger by limiting furniture to essential pieces only. This gunmetal bedstead and preloved cabinet look extra stylish for having all the space to themselves. A cool grey palette helps to open up the room too. If you can, keep the space under the bed clear – it’s a good spot for a guest’s suitcase – and give your minimalist scheme a little atmosphere by hanging cotton ball fairy lights around artwork or a bedstead.
Opt for a quirky decorating theme in a simple guest room. In this neutral space, artwork and cushions with a royal theme bring the scheme to life. A mismatching wooden bedstead, bedside table and mirror keep the feel relaxed and lived-in, while a wool throw with an acid bright stripe is a nice complementary addition to the turquoise-bordered cushion.
Twin brass bedsteads bring an industrial edge to this white bedroom scheme. For a visually pleasing symmetrical look, match cushions, bedding and wall lights across a single central bedside table. For those who like to read in bed, task lighting like this is ideal. The wall lights are a practical but beautiful detail, allowing one person enough light to read while the other has enough darkness to sleep.
At the other end of the spectrum, the lighter shades of purple are more soothing and gentle. Not so sugary sweet, lilac or soft lavender are pretty and feminine. The tone is light enough to give walls interest while remaining fairly neutral and can look appealing in pretty florals and gingham fabrics. Furnish with pale wood furniture or a traditional metal bed.