Guide to Interior Decor and Furniture for Hotel Guest Rooms

February 4, 2021
February 4, 2021 QA Group
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The perfect hotel guest room can mean a lot of things depending on the type of traveler you’re trying to attract. Some guests prefer quirky, themed hotel rooms that provide endless options for Instagram photos, while others need simplicity, space, and comfort above all. 

Most guests can agree, though — hotel rooms should be more than just four walls and a bed. 

Whether you’re looking for loud prints and retro details for your hotel or the luxury of a huge, soft bed and deep bathtub, you can be sure to find furniture and interior decor that checks all of your design boxes. Even while decorating your hotel on a tight budget, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice style and atmosphere. 

So what makes the perfect hotel guest room?


Of course hotel guest rooms should focus on convenience — but they shouldn’t stop there. 

Staying in a hotel guest room should provide a home-away-from-home experience, and place emphasis on relaxation. Similar to guest rooms in a private residence, hotel guest rooms should be a welcoming, cozy retreat, and aim to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. 

Rooms can create a zen, calm, and spa-like atmosphere through things like large windows, luxury bath amenities, and ultra-soft beds. A good hotel room interior should encourage guests to want to settle in and stay a while — not be itching to return home.

Color Palette

In order to achieve the desired atmosphere, hotel guest rooms should adhere to a color palette. If your hotel room boasts minimalist decor with lots of crisp whites or natural wood characteristics, a small splash of color could be just what it needs to stand out above the rest. 

Warm colors like deep reds, burnt oranges, and plums create a cozy environment, and are also perfect for romantic suites. Cooler tones, like pale blues and mint greens, emphasize a zen, meditative vibe, and can help guests relax and take a breath. 


Texture is another element to consider when designing the perfect hotel guest room. 

Many hotels are skipping the loud patterns and wallpaper and instead utilizing a simple color palette with pops of texture. Think wooden headboards, chunky knit blankets, leather loveseats, or wicker furniture accents.

Furniture for Guest Rooms

When it comes to furnishing a hotel, finding the right furniture for guest rooms that looks cohesive and comes together in a relatively small space is key. 


Every hotel room should have a large, comfortable bed with quality linens to encourage a good night’s sleep and some well-needed rest and relaxation.


As for storage, the right room should provide a luggage stand for suitcases, a large chest of drawers, and a spacious closet for storing clothing during a stay. 

Wooden chests of drawers are durable and can add a sophisticated look to any room. Hotels can go the sustainability route by using reclaimed wood or upgrading stylish, quality vintage furniture.


Benches, comfortable chairs, and a convenient work table are also hotel room necessities. In order to create a productive workspace, ensure that you have a table big enough for a laptop and notebooks, as well as a comfortable office chair, phone, and plenty of outlets. 


If your hotel room has a balcony and has the space for it, add a small bistro table and chair set. Metal bistro chairs and tables are easy to clean and weather durable. They also provide a great seating arrangement for guests who want to enjoy their morning coffee and croissant while getting some fresh air.

Additional Options

Other luxurious furnishing options include:

  • En-suite jacuzzis
  • Waterfall showers
  • Fireplaces
  • Large, flat-screen TVs
  • Multiple mirrors

Hotel Window Treatments

Hotel window treatments are another aspect of furnishing guest rooms that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

Large windows, specifically floor-to-ceiling windows or ones that lead out onto a balcony, are excellent additions to any hotel guest room. Big windows that let in a lot of natural light and provide an aesthetically pleasing view can invite the feeling of being out in nature, indoors. Natural light increases vitamin C and serotonin levels, which can boost the mood of hotel guests.

For those who are traveling for work and may need to rest at odd hours, or if visitors are suffering from jet-lag, blackout curtains will keep the bedroom nice and dark and are a great addition to the room. 

The Extras

Sometimes what makes a hotel guest room special are the little things. Adding these personal touches or carefully thought-out amenities can take a hotel room from a convenient place to rest your head to a memorable experience.

Extras in the bathroom could include:

  • Fancy bath and skin products
  • Extra soft towels
  • Fluffy robes
  • Hair dryer
  • Double, “his and hers” sinks

Extras for in-room work:

  • Pens and pencils
  • Notepad/stationery
  • Numerous convenient charging stations
  • Bedside lights with individual switches

Local flavor:

  • Art on the wall by local artists
  • Interesting coffee table books
  • Local guides or takeout menus

Other extras:

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Extra hangers
  • Large closet space
  • Durable safe for valuables
  • Luggage stands
  • Stocked mini-fridge
  • Ice buckets and glassware

More Key Considerations

Even if you’ve picked out a theme and aesthetic goals for an ideal hotel room, there are a few more key ideas you should take into consideration, such as comfort, the ability to clean and sanitize surfaces easily, and sustainable materials and practices.


Comfortable furniture and materials are important factors in setting up a hotel guest room. A large bed with high thread-count sheets and multiple extra pillows can help create a cozy oasis.

Comfortable seating options such as upholstered armchairs, loveseats, or padded benches can easily be incorporated into a hotel guest room to create a comfortable atmosphere for guests and their friends and family. Leather armchairs and couches add to a classic, more traditional hotel room, while linen upholstery can give off a more casual look.

Easy to clean

Upholstered fabrics in hotel guest rooms should be stain-resistant and easy to clean, especially if you’re rooming families or more than one person. Individuals tend to be a little less careful about messes when they know it’s not them who has to clean it up — so understanding how to spot clean leather or easily clean couch cushions, curtains, and linens is essential. 


Sustainability is not only a modern trend, it should be a way of life for all of us. Luckily, many modern hotels and bed and breakfasts are embracing sustainability and putting their focus on eco-friendly materials and hotel practices. 

Refinishing parts of a room, such as bathroom vanities and cabinets, is a great way to refresh and give new life to a hotel guest room. Refinishing not only is more time and cost-efficient than completely replacing furniture, but prevents excess landfill waste and can help your hotel’s eco-friendly efforts.

Sustainable options can also include:

  • Big windows with natural lighting
  • Natural building materials such as reclaimed wood
  • Reupholstered vintage furniture
  • Recycle bins in every room
  • Electric water faucets and dryers

Contact QA Group for Your Hotel Guest Room Interior Needs!

Queen Anne Group has been working with the hospitality industry in the Puget Sound area for over eight decades, so you can rest assured our team of experts can help you find the perfect custom furniture — or even reupholster your existing hotel guest room furniture to look good as new. 

Contact Queen Anne Upholstery today to learn more about guest room interior decor and furnishings and what we can do to help your hotel business thrive!