Designer Liz Carroll kicked off the creation of this bright and happy space when she laid eyes on a bolt of look-at-me, indoor/outdoor Trina Turk fabric. She knew it would be perfect for the custom headboard, and “it informed everything else in the room."
2 of 40Photographer: Rick Lew, Stylist: Loren Simons
The sea grass headboards in this Nate Berkus-designed guest room present a weave of blond, brown, and wheat shades that are picked up in the bed linens’ trim, the drawer pulls, and the brass repro task lamp, with its pleasingly retro shape.
4 of 40Photo: Lisa Romerein; Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Colorful Guest Room
Pink, yellow, and navy makes for a fun spin on the primary color palette in this vividly inviting guest room. White furnishings and trim help ground the cacophony of color.
7 of 40Photographer: Laura Moss, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
Room for Everyone
A large, skinny room is perfect for a row of twin beds at a beach house where lots of little ones come to visit. This one in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, also features an upstairs loft with even more sleeping space.
11 of 40Photographer: William Abranowicz, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Create a classic coastal haven with a nautical-themed bedroom that makes guests feel at home by the sea. A red, white, and blue color scheme and ocean-inspired accents, such as this sailboat portrait, hint at the theme without going overboard.
12 of 40Photographer: Richard Leo Johnson, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Soft pastels and simple coastal accents have a way of making everyone feel comfortable and pampered. Decorative sea star pillows and coral decor play up the beach.
13 of 40Photographer: Peter Murdock, Writer: Rachel Bertone
With casual yet comfortable decor, a simple bedroom will make your guests feel right at home. Mount swing-arm sconces inside bedposts to provide easy reading light, and use lighter wall colors such as aqua to soothe.
14 of 40Photographer: J. Savage Gibson, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Inspired by the Sea
Guests will feel especially close to the sea with calming blues and ocean-inspired accessories, such as an oyster shell mirror.
15 of 40Photographer: Jeff McNamara, Writer: Rachel Bertone
A light, airy guest room gets a dose of vintage charm with an antique iron bed and canary prints from a 1951 picture book hung on the wall. Traditional accents keep the space feeling cozy and classic.
16 of 40Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone
A bright orange headboard adds life to an otherwise neutral palette in this room. The wide faux bois stripe distressed to look like wood mirrors the outside environment for a one-of-a-kind touch.
17 of 40Photographer: Roger Davies, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Cozy and Inviting
A soft color scheme and carved wood headboards give this guest room a welcoming feel. Painted furniture and plush fabrics add to the relaxed ambiance.
18 of 40Photographer: Tria Giovan, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Stark white paint and a Victorian-era portrait transform this small library into a unique guest retreat. A paneled wall serves as a headboard, while bookshelves line the sides of the bed.
19 of 40Photographer: Dominique Vorillon
Add sparkle to a bland room with a few key pieces, such as a sunburst mirror, gold detailing, and grass cloth walls.
20 of 40Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Be bold and brighten up a room with playful patterns and vivid colors. Stick to a corresponding palette to tie together the patterns.
21 of 40Photographer: Peter Murdock, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Custom twin beds dressed with classic blues and browns and pint-size ocean paintings create a nautical haven for guests.
22 of 40Writer: Rachel Bertone
Use bright colors and ’70s-style accents like a retro bedside table and patterned wallpaper to add a mod feel to a guest room.
23 of 40Photographer: Lisa Romerein, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Open and Organic
This simple platform bed welcomes guests with cozy organic linens. The natural feel is enhanced by a tree trunk bedside table, lots of natural light streaming through large windows, and a door that leads to the back patio.
24 of 40Photographer: Timothy Street-Porter, Writer: Rachel Bertone
A clean, white bedroom feels fresh for guests and allows the gorgeous sea view outside to take center stage.
25 of 40Photographer: J. Savage Gibson, Writer: Rachel Bertone
Treat your guests to a stay in paradise. Bamboo-inspired furniture and tropical bedding create an atmosphere as fun and relaxing as a Hawaiian luau.
26 of 40Photographer: Jean-Philippe Piter, Writer: Rachel Bertone
A stunning black-and-white scheme lends a contemporary feel to this guest room. A grid of simple mirrors is a great way to make big impact in the small space.
27 of 40Photo: Tria Giovan; Stylist: CJ Sandgren
Layering patterned bedding on a hand-carved spindle bed pairs perfectly with modern accessories for a look that’s traditional, yet not old-fashioned.
34 of 40Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist Liz Strong
For houses tight on space but not on property, yurts (heavy-duty circular tents) can provide extra sleeping quarters for guests. Furnish with high-quality indoor furniture to make the small room feel like an extension of the house.
35 of 40Photo: William Colgin
Light and Bright
Big, open windows in a guest room with a beautiful water view establish a sense of place. Lots of light paired with a white color palette and pops of orange feels bright and cheery.