The holidays are just around the corner, and as we begin to prepare our homes for parties and get together, it’s a good time to cast our gaze upon the guest bedroom. Sometimes it’s necessary for house guests to stay overnight due to bad weather or long distances to travel to their next destination, and sometimes family comes to stay for a planned visit. Whatever the reason, it’s a wonderful idea to have a warm, comfortable, and welcoming guest room prepared for these sort of occasions.
Here are some tips to help you create just such a space:
Use Neutral Tones
The goal is to create a space in which anyone and everyone can feel comfortable and at home. By utilizing a more minimal approach to paint, and bed linens, you avoid overwhelming your male guests with gardens of flowers and lace, and your female guests will also appreciate your chic sense of style.
Provide Adequate Space
No matter the actual size of the room, it’s important to make it feel as if your guests have what they need to be comfortable. It’s best to have more than just a bed and a dresser if possible. Arrange one corner of the room as a small sitting area so that your guests can work or read for a while before going to sleep, as these rituals might be part of their usual nightly routines. Place a chair and a table, along with a lamp and a small ottoman if you have enough space, to create a relaxing nook. Make sure that the closet is empty except for hangers and perhaps a set of extra linens and a couple of blankets neatly folded and stored away on the top shelf. The same goes for the dresser drawers – make sure they’re empty and neatly lined with attractive paper.
Invest Money in High End Linens and Pillows
It may seem impractical at first, but it’s actually a very sound investment. It’s important to create comfort for your guests, and as much as I dislike admitting it, being the frugal gal that I am, higher thread count sheets and comforters really are more comfortable and worth every penny of the extra money we shell out for them. In addition to being more comfortable, they wear beautifully and last seemingly forever – the more you launder them, the softer they become – you can’t beat that. Also make sure to have comfortable pillows – not too soft and not too firm.
Choose the Right Window Coverings
This is easy enough to provide. Just make sure to have blinds that can be opened or closed depending on how much or how little light your guests want to allow into the room, and if you have full length curtains, they should have tie-backs so that they can also be adjusted.
Provide table and/or floor lamps in addition to any overhead lighting that may be present in the room. Lamp light is always much more comfortable and welcoming than harsh, overhead lights. A lamp directly at the beside is crucial. Your guests will be unfamiliar with the arrangement of the room and might bump into things or -worst case- trip over something and fall, trying to make it back to the bed after turning off the light. These situations can be avoided by having a lamp right at hand that can be switched off from the bed.
While expected guests will most likely have their own reading material, unexpected guests might appreciate a selection of books and magazines in the room to help them relax. Many people are in the habit of reading before bed, and it can be difficult to sleep when you’re in an unfamiliar bed even under the best of circumstances, so, having something available to read is a good idea.
Provide a Clock Radio or Alarm Clock
It can be disorienting to wake up in a strange place, and having a clock to glance at helps to bring everything into a more familiar focus. Even though most everyone has a clock and alarm feature on their mobile phones, it’s still a good idea to have a clock in the room, and it makes things seem more home like as well.
Follow these tips and add your own personal touches and ideas to create the perfect guest room. You’ll always be ready, and even eager, to welcome overnight guests into your home.