If you’re having guests to stay at your home this Christmas, welcome them to a guest room where they can relax, unwind and feel at home. Staying with family and friends can be made more comfortable with these steps ahead of their arrival.
DECLUTTER YOUR GUEST ROOM
Some guests like to unpack to feel more at home, so ensure to clear out some space for your guests in wardrobes and drawers.
Make space to stow your guests cases out of the way as they won't be needed for a bit.
If your guests prefer to live out of their suitcases, having a clear shelf or surface for phones, books, etc. is certainly helpful.
THE BED FOR YOUR GUEST ROOM
It's all about the bed when it comes to your guest room, you want to ensure that your guests have the best night's sleep.
Always strive to fit a double bed in your guest room and check that the mattress is in good condition and comfortable.
To dress the bed and give the room an air of luxury, on top of the fitted sheet, place a flat sheet, followed by the duvet and then drape a comforter or knitted throw over the end of the bed and accessorise with complementing cushions.
The various textures will help the unused room to feel more welcoming and cosy!
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FRESH TOWELS & TOILETRIES
Set fresh towels out neatly on a chair or on the end of their bed.
Allow a bath sheet and a hand towel per guest and ensure that they are laundered regularly during your guests stay.
In a basket or tray place miniature toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
You can also add in bath salts, face masks and body lotion.
If you live in a hot, sunny country include sunblock and a tube of aloe vera for sunburn.
Another nice touch is to have a small hair dryer in the room or bathroom for your guests.
Ensure your guest room has a suitably placed bedside table and on it place a table lamp. This little touch allows your guests to read and relax before drifting off, without having to get out of bed to turn the light off.
Other essential beside table items should include a scented candle/room diffuser, bottle of water/glass decanter filled with fresh still water and a matching glass which can be placed on decorative coasters.
Fill a decorative basket with personal touches for your guest.
Include a magazine on a topic that they enjoy, their favourite snacks and/or chocolate and if they are a guest visiting from a far for the first time, a tourist guide about the local area.
Include a card with the wifi password on and leave them a set of keys if required.
DESIGN TIPS FOR YOUR GUEST BEDROOM
The first thing you need to do is declutter and make as much space possible for your guests.
Ensure they have some hanging space and drawers/shelves to store their belongings.
Give your guest room a deep clean too and line any storage areas with tissues paper.
To make your guest room feel like a 5 star hotel, mix textures to achieve a cocooned haven.
Consider the location, English country homes tend to have darker wood, exposed stone or brick and heavy fabrics such as plaid and wool.
Seaside homes often have a relaxed feel and a colour palette of ocean blues and white sandy beaches.
Lighter fabrics such as linen and cotton are used and lighter woods are used.
If you don't want to paint the entire room and are looking for an easy update, simply switch up your bed linen and your curtains.
This simple, cost effective and easy change will make the room feel fresh and new again.
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Be considered with you lighting, you will notice that hotel rooms usually have low, soft lighting as this gives the space a luxurious feel.
Opt for lit mirrors, wall lights and table lights to create a cosy feel in your guest room.
There is nothing better than entering a room that smells wonderful, ensure that you have a scented candle or essential oil diffuser in your guest room.
In addition to this you can also add a lovely bouquet of flowers from a local florist, which will be a lovely welcome to your guests as they enter their room.
Try to opt for a piece of art that has similar colours in it to your guest room palette and that the image is of something tranquil.
It's worth commissioning a local artist for a one off piece or browsing sites like Etsy that has loads of options.
If you are having guests over the Christmas period, add a personal touch with a stocking filled with a few of their favourite things.
Enjoy having your guests stay in your new guest room.