A comfortable guest room conveys a sense of welcome like nothing else can. Taking some time to make the guest room functional and beautiful is well worth the effort.
Although a guest room seems to be nothing more than a bedroom, in reality it is so much more for an out-of-town visitor. This room represents a sitting room, quiet space, television-viewing area, dressing room, snack bar and so many other things to someone away from home. Creating a space for each of these functions will make guests feel right at home.
Guest Room Basics
Since a guest room is used by so many different people throughout the year, homeowners have the freedom to decorate the guest room to their own design tastes. However, caution should be used when selecting a color for such a space. Using gender-neutral tones will prevent the room from becoming too masculine or feminine.
A buttery yellow tone on the walls creates a warm, cozy atmosphere. Accenting the room with small touches of brick red or sky blue produces an interesting, yet restful space. Colors such as cool, serene blue and green, convey a sense of peace. Painting one of them on the walls, creates a serene ambiance. Adding accents of warm tones, like gold or tan, keeps the room from feeling too cold.
The bed is the focal point of any bedroom. You’ll have to consider expensive versus cheap mattresses depending on your budget. In a guest room, bedding should be carefully considered. Choosing high-quality 100% cotton sheets ensures the comfort of all guests. A fluffy down comforter will keep visitors warm in the winter, and cool in the summer, while offering a touch of luxury.
Hosts should offer several different types of bed pillows, from the very soft to ultra-firm, ensuring guests will find just the right fit for their stay. The bedding ensemble can be completed with a few well-placed throw pillows for extra comfort and a luxurious look, and a bed skirt to conceal any under-the-bed storage. An upholstered headboard or European-size pillows offers guests a comfortable place to read their favorite magazine or catch up on a late-night talk show.
Little Extra Details Guests Will Enjoy
If the guest room has enough space, a sitting area is a wonderful addition. A small lounge chair and ottoman, or a chaise lounge, creates an inviting, comfortable place for reading or watching a little television. A small stand placed near the chair, and topped with a good reading lamp and a coaster for an evening cup of tea, creates a superb reading nook. A basket of magazines or paperbacks near the chair gives guests something to peruse during their downtime.
Another nice touch is placing a small television nearby, so guests can watch their favorite movie without disturbing others in the home. This sitting area allows weekend visitors a place to escape from the bustle of a busy day, and they will enjoy having a quiet place to unwind each evening.
Guests who will be staying for more than just a day or two will need the option of unpacking their suitcases. Hosts should clear out a portion of the closet in the guest room, and stock it with an assortment of hangers. A low dresser offers a place for guests to rest their suitcases, and a place to stash their clothing.
The dresser top can be used to leave a little snack basket for guests, including fresh fruit, bottled water, granola bars or chocolates. A small alarm clock will make a visitor’s stay easier, should they need to rise earlier than others in the home.
If the guest suite includes an adjoining bathroom, it could be stocked with fluffy towels, a robe and slippers for an extra touch of home. Including a basket of travel-sized toiletries, an extra toothbrush and other items a guest may have forgotten to pack is another welcome gesture. Homeowners may wish to leave a nightlight handy for visitors to use, as well.
A guest room does not be large or elaborate. A few simple ideas and additions to the space will produce a room in which anyone would love to stay.