Guest bedrooms are so frequently the ugly ducklings in an otherwise attractive brood. What would happen if we gave these areas as much attention as say our living rooms or dining rooms? The designers in our pages are experts in this area—guest rooms for them are an opportunity for experimentation, usually with low risk. They can double as a reading room or office, serve as stylistic bookmarks, or deviate from the theme of the rest of the house. They can also be a refuge—or an escape—and house as many guests as you’d like, for however long you choose.