There’s no better way to hone your hospitality skills than to create a welcoming, cozy guest bedroom to host out-of-town visitors. Sure, air mattresses have come a long way, but nothing beats the feeling of a private area for your guests to settle and find a calming respite. To make your guests feel truly comfortable in your home, our design team has come up with a helpful list of thoughtful elements you can add to your guest room.
First and foremost, you want to make sure the bedding is cozy for a good night’s sleep. Depending on the season, you may want to add/remove layers to ensure your guests aren’t too hot or cold.
See our complete guide for layering your bedding here.
Provide Reading Material
If your visitors have some downtime, it’s a nice gesture to offer them a few ways to entertain themselves while they relax. Books and magazines that align with their personal interests shows that you’ve gone the extra mile to make them feel welcome. Even image-heave coffee table books can be nice to add to the space. They can double in purpose as reading material AND decor.
Set up a Water Station
Avoid the need for your guests to feel awkward about venturing to the kitchen in the middle of the night for a glass of water. Set up a carafe and glasses on the bedside table.
Provide bedside lighting
Be sure to add a lamp or reading light next to the bed so guests can easily turn a light on if they need to use the restroom in the middle of the night. The ambient lighting will also set a calm tone for the space.
Add Decorative Elements
The guest room should match the overall aesthetic of your home, so make sure you sprinkle in pieces of decor that serve this purpose. It doesn’t have to be over the top to achieve a cohesive look.
Hang Window Coverings
Window treatments not only add personality to the guest room, they also provide your guests with privacy. Consider sheer panels for character paired with blackout blinds or shades that allow your guests to control the amount of light coming in.
Add a Desk
Go beyond just a bed and nightstand when furnishing the guest room. Give visitors an extra space to work or lounge. Add a desk and cute chair, a pair of swivels or even a daybed. Adding these will give you options in terms of how you use the room when you don’t have guests visiting.
Add some Ambiance
Infuse the space with coziness using candles. Light a candle in the guest bedroom or bathroom prior to guest arrival for a delightful welcome.
To see more about elements of this design, visit our Old Saybrook showroom, or connect with a designer here.