With the holidays approaching, your home is probably going to see a lot of overnight visitor. Guests can be stressful additions to the house, because you want to do your best to make sure they feel comfortable in your home; but with the right guest bedroom details, your friends and relatives will feel completely at ease when staying with you.
Brighten Your Décor
If you want the guest bedroom to come across as welcoming, start with the décor. Neutrals are cold and uninviting, so go for a cheerful bright color palette with boldly patterned throw pillows, bed skirt, etc. Bare walls and floors are isolating, so add plush rugs in coordinating colors and wall art like tapestries and weavings to warm the room up.
Clear the Guest Bedroom of Your Belongings
Make sure you make space for your visitors and clear the guest bedroom of your personal belongings. Sure, for most of the year you use it to store your winter wardrobe, spare exercise equipment, and doll collection. But no one is going to feel at home if they have to crowd in around your clutter – they’ll just feel in the way. So clear out the dresser and closet so they have room to empty their suitcase and make the room their own. A person can’t properly settle down into a room until they’ve spread out their belongings! The more space you clear, the more welcome they will feel.
There’s a difference between a room with a bed in it and a room that makes your guest feel at home, and it’s in the thoughtful touches. So set out a clock, a box of tissues, a pitcher of water, a basket of magazines/books – items your guests are used to getting themselves and might not want to bother you for. Although you might feel like it’s your job to accommodate them, make your company as independent as possible so they don’t feel like they’re a burden.
The bedding in a guest room is of the utmost importance. Don’t skimp on quality blankets and pillows – it’s hard enough to sleep in a new bed, nevermind one with a lumpy mattress. You should have multiple blankets: a medium weight blanket, a duvet, etc; and a basket of extra warm blankets nearby in case your visitor gets cold during the night. Make sure the pillows are firm, and that there are at least two pillows per guest.
Create a Home
The guest room isn’t just a place for sleeping, but should also be a peaceful retreat for your visitor to have some down time. That means you should consider adding furniture: a desk where they can get work done, and a couch or chair where they can relax and read. If your guest room is on the smaller side, consider getting a Murphy bed that can convert into a couch during the day to save space!
Become a Concierge
Don’t forget about toiletries! Set aside some towels, washcloths, and even a spare toothbrush and robe for your guest. You want to think of anything they might need ahead of time so they don’t even have to ask. Having towels and such already provided is as good as hotel service – your visitor probably didn’t pack their own and it will make them feel right at home.
Personalize the Room
To truly achieve a warm and inviting guest room that your family and friends will want to come back to, atmosphere is everything. It’s not one big piece of furniture that will make them feel at ease in your house. It’s good lighting so that the room feels open, scented candles, and potted plants that bring life into the space. Ultimately, you know your guest and what they like better than anyone. If you personalize the room to their taste, they will definitely enjoy their stay in your home.