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Are You Decorating a Guest Bedroom?

Do you anticipate having company staying in your home over the upcoming holidays? If so, you might have decided that this is the perfect time to create a new guest room. Perhaps your children are now adults who live in their own homes. If that's the case, you might be transforming a room made for teenagers into one for adults. Whatever the scenario that invites you to decorate your guest bedroom, from selecting the furniture to choosing other decor, here are some ideas that might help you.

The Furniture

Have you considered buying twin beds instead of one larger bed? After all, the time might come when you'll have visitors who don't want to share a bed. If that's the case, they'll welcome the fact that each person will have his or her own sleeping space. On the other hand, you might be anticipating having grandchildren as your house guests. If that's the case, think of buying a trundle bed or a bunk bed.

Or perhaps you'll be using the guest room as something else, maybe a craft room. If that's the case, consider buying a sofa bed or a futon that can easily be turned into a place to sleep for your guests. How much space is in the guest room area? Besides a small chest of drawers, is there enough room for a recliner or a rocking chair? Decide what furniture you want to purchase.

The Decor

Buying furniture can be fun, and choosing accent pieces might be even more fun, especially if you love to decorate. Think of a theme for your guest bedroom. For example, if you have a passion for traveling, consider having things like Eiffel Tower bedside table lamps and framed posters of famous landmarks, like Big Ben or even the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps you'd like an American theme. If so, consider buying a red, white, and blue bedspread and adding throw pillows that have clever sayings like No Place Like America or This Land Is My Land on them.

Or if you have a real fascination for anything that has to do with the beach, think about selecting a bedspread and other linens that have colors found at a beach. For example, a light turquoise bedspread might represent the ocean, while peach and yellow throw pillows might represent the sunset. Have things like framed lighthouses and sailboats framed for the walls, too.