November 26, 2012
By Evelyn Eshun
When creating a guest room, it is often important to create a self-contained suite where your guest can be comfortable and find most of the personal comforts of home. Just think of a hotel suite and the various elements that can be found within it. The bed is the key piece of furniture in a bedroom so it’s important to make it a luscious and welcoming space. You can’t go wrong with classic crisp white bedding — get the best quality bedding you can find and afford and your guest will have a memorable and restful sleep. Storage for clothing is a must so that your guests can put away their clothes which gives them a sense of permanence in the room. A chair and a table surface are needed for multi-tasking as it gives them an opportunity to sit and write or simply chat on the phone. Don’t forget to add an alarm clock with a radio, and a mirror for personal grooming — these items are often an oversight.
This bedroom was created with the aim of making it welcoming and warm with lots of storage to maintain a neat and clean look. We incorporated built-in storage on either side of the bed to include full-depth 24-inch hanging closet space with nightstands at the standard 26-inch height. This complete unit was painted a muted deep blue-grey colour (Duxbury Grey, Benjamin Moore HC 163).
This creates a focal wall and is ultimately a very functional addition to the overall space as well.
The monochromatic colour scheme is continued in the bedding with silk accent pillows. Lighting is always a key component to any successful interior, and in this bedroom we added task lighting with the wall-mounted elbow lights that flank the bed. The ceiling-mounted light fixture is a sophisticated light feature with its crystal and translucent shade that soften the light in the space.
If the guest room does not have an ensuite bath, provide the room with a guest package which includes items like: towels, guest soap, a manicure set, water and a glass. A small pouch filled with lavender not only will ensure a wonderful, restful sleep but it is a much welcomed luxury.
Toronto-based accredited Interior Designer Evelyn Eshun,
Principal of Evelyn Eshun Design. For over 14 years, she is known for her custom designed residential projects throughout the GTA that showcase the space and bring out the best in you. evelyneshun.com