Guest Room Decorating Tips

Side Table

The guest room was the last space of our new home that I haven’t completely finished until now. Our whole apartment felt pulled together except for this one room so PB Teen and I teamed up yet again to perfect the space. I’m so happy with how it turned out!

The design ties in nicely with our living room and bedroom but has a personality of it’s own.

I wanted to keep it really classic and symmetrical to make guests (mainly my sister on Sunday nights) feel welcome but not overwhelmed. I started by upgrading our night stands. There were so many ways to style the open bottom of these tables but I knew right away that I wanted to strategically stuff them full of books. It makes the room look less staged and feel more homey. I opted for pages out so that the colors wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

The bedding is not too girly or masculine. The very simple grey duvet cover could be almost too simple on its own, but when paired with patterned navy sheets, it’s the perfect amount of funky and classic.

3 guest room decorating tips:

1. Think about their needs in advanced. I keep tissues (in these preppy tissue box covers of course) and bottles of water on the night stands so guests don’t have to ask where to find them. I placed a small gold tray on one nightstand for wedding rings and jewelry.

2. Leave space for your guests to put their things so they don’t feel like they have to live out of a suit case. I put my lucite desk and navy bow chair in the room as a place where I can work but also so people can use it as a vanity when visiting.

3. Make it comfortable but not overly styled. You want guests to feel like they can move around comfortably without “messing everything up”.

Scroll down for links to all products in this post and let me know what you think!

Gray and Navy Bedding

Night Stands

Side Table Essentials

Guest Room Design

Preppy Night Stand

PB Teen

Rainbow Book Stand

Lucite Desk

Books in Night Stand

Navy and Green

Bed Side Table

Shop this post:
Tissue box covers: Design Darling
Ginger jar matches: Design Darling
Rug: Old PB Teen but similar here
Chevron mirror: West Elm
Lamps: PB Teen
Night Stands: PB Teen
Candles: Dyptique
Gold tray: PB Teen
Lucite desk: CB2
Navy chair: Society Social
Duvet cover: c/o PB Teen
Sheets: c/o PB Teen
Throw pillows: c/o PB Teen
Topiaries: Overstock

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  1. Paola Blanc said:

    What a beautiful guest room!

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  2. Great tips! Loving all the blue and white accents!

    xo, Laura

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  3. Gorgeous! I would love to stay in there! And your guests will def have plenty to read!

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  4. Kiki said:

    The guest room jewelry tray is sheer genius! I cannot tell you how many times I stay somewhere and put my earrings on a dresser and pray they will be there when I wake up.

    I especially love all the books stuffed into the night stands. It’s not something I would’ve ever considered doing because you always assume less is more and it would be cluttered. But wow, it looks really cute, almost like the books are part of the night stands. Great ideas! (:

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  5. VERY cute!

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  6. Love the crisp blue and white bedding! So inviting!

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  7. Betsie said:

    I love the thoughtful vanity space. My mom stays with me and transforms my dining room table into one. Question though..what are your thoughts on having a tv in the guest room?

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  8. I love this! PB Teen is definitely not just for teens.

    3.16.15 · Reply