Friday, October 5, 2012

How To: Create a Guest Room Your Guests Won't Want to Leave

Decorating guest rooms can be intimidating for one does want to create a warm, inviting environment for friends and family who are far from their homes without spending big bucks on a room that is rarely used.

Here are some simple tips and ideas for making a cozy and comfortable guestroom that will leave friends and family feeling like they are getting the five-star treatment.

Put the Main Attraction Front & Center
Since the guestroom is rarely used, more times than not, the bed ends up pushed against a wall to allow for other furniture, additional storage or open floor space for exercising. The bed is the most important element of the guest room and should take center stage. For an inviting guestroom, position the bed in the center of the wall rather than pushed to one side. Centering it creates space on either side of the bed, which will make the room feel open to the guest no matter what side of the bed they prefer.

Tip: Make sure the foot of the bed is smooth or rounded and without sharp corners.  Your guests will not be used to the room and you don't want anyone hurting themselves when they get up in the middle of the night.

Plethora of Pillows
From slim options to plush pillows, create an oasis by offering a selection of pillow sizes. Since people have different preferences to pillow thickness, adding a variety will ensure that your guests find something comfortable.  Decorative pillows add a pop of color and style to your guest room and gives the bed a more inviting feel.

Tip: Consider purchasing hypo-allergenic pillows for the guestroom.  Some people are allergic to down and you may not be aware of this prior to their arrival.

Sheets & Duvets
To make changing the bed easy, consider using the "triple-sheeting" style that many hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts have used.  Triple-sheeting uses multiple layers of sheets and duvets or blankets to make it easy to change the sheets but also change the decor of a room.  Plus, it's a bit more hygienic because the blanket or duvet does not come in direct contact with the guest. To make the bed using this style, a flat or fitted sheet is put on the mattress.  A flat sheet is placed on top followed by the duvet or blanket which is then covered by a third flat sheet.

Often times, the valuable closet space in a guest room becomes a storage area for Christmas decoration, seasonal clothing or extra linens.  To make your guests feel like home, make sure there is ample closet space and spare hangers for hanging garments or jackets.

Bedside Tables
Don't feel you need to rush out and buy furniture or a nightstand for a bed side table.  Get creative and use furniture or reclaimed items from other areas of your house to add a bit of comfort to the room.  An old sofa table could do double-duty as a nightstand and bedroom desk.  An old bookcase or travel trunk can serve as a bed side table for guests and add a bit of charm to the overall room.

Goody Baskets
Create a goody basket that contains bottled water, healthy snacks and possibly even some not-so-healthy snacks for your guests.  This is a nice gesture that doesn't cost a lot but goes a long way in making your friends and family feel welcomed.

Tip: If you have room, invest in a small electric kettle a few mismatched mugs and some tea or coffee packets.  This way guests can make themselves a warm morning beverage when they wake up in the morning but prior to emerging from their personal sanctuary.

Whether it is an area on top of the dresser or a basket by the door, put together a overnight kit for your guests.  This can include extra towels, blankets or necessities like a small tube of toothpaste, travel bottles of shampoo or disposable razors.

As a rule, simple is best. Make sure the television and remote (as in one) is easy to use.  Also, include a list of the available channels - especially local ones for news and weather reports.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Include a large mirror in the bedroom for your guests for applying makeup and doing a final wardrobe check before emerging from their home-away-from-home room.

Let There Be Light . . . and Light Reading
A bedside lamp allows guests to read a book or magazine before bed without disturbing the rest of the house.  It also allows them to shut off the lights without making their way back to the bed in the dark.

Tip: Put a few of your favorite books or magazines on the nightstand for those who like to read prior to retiring.

Alarm Clock
Putting a clock in the room will help guests create their own schedule, particularly if they have an early flight the next morning.  It also helps those friends and family who have traveled from another time zone adjust to the current one.

Tip: Make sure the alarm clock isn't too bright and is easy to set for the next morning.

Lastly, have fun creating this oasis for out of town guests.  The furniture doesn't have to match and a mixture of pieces will give it an over-time comfort feeling.  If you enjoy decorating it, your guests will enjoy staying in the guestroom.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 3:00 AM 


Anonymous Brooke said...

Really great tips! Especially love the goody basket and coffee pot in the room. Give it the feel of a bed and breakfast almost.

October 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM  
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