How often do you have friends or relatives staying at your HDB flat? If you enjoy having people over, you’re probably considering the creation of a beautiful guest room that will provide visitors with a nice space of their own.
Guest bedrooms have to be clean, practical and relaxing. Many of the essentials you want to have in a master bedroom don’t necessarily have to make an appearance in a guest space. A guest room should be decorated for short term use, giving the current “occupant” the essentials and maybe a couple of additional luxuries.
To decorate a guest bedroom, you’ll have to consider a couple of basic interior design rules. Based on our experience, here are some of the essentials that will wow your guests.
The Bed – Your Number One Concern
Every single overnight guest would want to have some quality sleep. Thus, the Singapore interior design company you work with on the execution of the guest room project will probably recommend investing in a high quality bed.
This is the number one piece of furniture you should be focusing on. It’s the one to splurge on – everything else could be less expensive or even second hand. A good bed and a good mattress as the focus of the guest room would negate some small shortcomings in the design (if there are such).
Naturally, you will have to equip the room with clean linens, blankets, duvets and pillows. Choose a couple of colours and designs that will supplement the overall feel of the guest room and work well with the rest of the décor.
Storage Space Is Also Important
Do you have relatives visiting you from abroad often? If this is the case, you know that they’ll arrive with a lot of luggage. All of that would have to fit in your HDB flat and more precisely – in the guest bedroom.
Depending on the types of guests you’ll be having over at your place, you will have to conceptualise the right storage area.
A guest bedroom can benefit from storage drawers underneath the bed and in other un-utilised spaces.
Having a luggage rack in the closet is also a good idea to help your visitors put away their belongings and feel more at home over the course of their visit.
As already mentioned, less is more in a guest bedroom. Avoid clutter, needless knick-knacks and decorative elements. This way, you will have a more orderly environment that enables the effortless storage of luggage and the putting away of personal belongings.
Now that the essentials are out of the way, you can consider additional practical elements and home décor choices your visitors may need.
A desk or a dresser will obviously be required. The same applies to a vanity with a mirror. Having a desk and a chair inside the room will give your visitors a chance to focus on some personal tasks or work without being disturbed by anyone.
Good internet access in the guest room should also be ensured and you can accomplish the goal with Mesh WIFI. It’s up to you to decide if you want to have a TV in the guest room. Usually, we don’t recommend the installation of televisions in the bedroom. It would be a much better idea to have everyone go to the living room and enjoy a show or a movie together.
The other practical elements in the guest bedroom are up to you. You can have a snack basket on the desk or you could put a couple of potted plants in the space to make it greener. A pitcher of water will also do fine, preventing people from having to visit the kitchen in the middle of the night. These are little, simple touches that can completely transform the atmosphere in the guest space.
A Guest Room Needs a Beautiful Bathroom
If you have the space in your HDB flat and you want to give your visitors the ultimate experience while staying at your home, consider turning one of the bathrooms into a dedicated guest bathroom.
Obviously, it would be most practical to have this bathroom adjacent to the guest bedroom.
In the event of an adjacent bathroom, you can actually skip adding a mirror to the room and focus the personal care efforts on the bathroom. It will need the essentials – a shower cabin (much easier to clean than a bathtub!), a toilet, a sink and a couple of shelves for storage purposes.
Add a nice towel rack and make sure there are enough large and small towels for your guests to use over the course of their stay. A laundry basket in the bathroom is also a practical choice that will help for the better sorting of clean and dirty items.
While you should provide the essentials (toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, floss, etc.), make sure that the bathroom also allows for a bit of personalisation.
A final thing to focus on is safety, especially if you’ll have older visitors.
Non-slip bathroom flooring, safety bars and even a shower chair could be fitted inside the bathroom to reduce the risk of injuries and give visitors a pleasant experience.
The guest room in your HDB flat can be used to show your respect and love for the closest people in your life. You don’t have to spend a ton to turn that room into a comfortable home away from home. All you need is a great concept and someone to help you bring it to reality. Home Guide has the tools and the resources to make your project happen – contact us today to get started. Don’t forget to check out our residential interior design portfolio.