Preparing Your Guest Room for the Holidays
With the holiday season approaching quickly, it’s the perfect time to start preparing your guest room for visiting friends and family. An ideal guest room doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as it’s clean and inviting while providing guests with a comforting atmosphere.
The best way to test your guest room is to act as if you’re the guest staying there. When you walk into the guest room, ask yourself a few questions like, “What’s missing?”, “Can I change anything to make it more comfortable?” Take note of all the things you notice and pay attention to what you see, feel, hear, smell, and touch.
Here are four tips on how to create the perfect guest room:
Set an Intention
Your first step to creating the perfect guest room is to determine what your intentions are. Do you want your guest room to evoke a tranquil oasis? Do you want it to look like a chic boutique hotel? By determining what your intentions for the guest room are, you can also set boundaries for the room. For example, if you prefer short-term guests, you should design the room for one- or two-night stays or whatever may suit your needs.
What is the Focus Point of Your Guest Room?
No matter what room you may be in, there should always be a primary focal point. And when it comes to your guest room, the primary focal point should be the bed. It’s important to have a bed that feels as good as it looks. You should invest in soft bedding that’s not only easy to care for but is also hypoallergenic. By choosing a soft bedding material, guests will feel relaxed and sleep much better during their stay. Keep in mind, less is more; a guest bed should only include a blanket and a simple duvet or coverlet. Your sleeping pillows should be stacked behind the shams for no-fuss access, and then add on a couple of accent pillows in colors you love that tie the other decorative elements in the room together. For colder weather, you can fold a quilt or additional blanket at the foot of the bed.
Add Furniture and Accent Pieces
To help your guests feel welcome and as if they were in their own home, you should also include additional pieces of furniture. You can add a small desk in the corner of the room with a few books, maybe even a tablet or laptop. A small dresser can be placed near the bed for guests to keep their clothes neat and wrinkle-free. Add a nightstand and lamp to either side of the bed with a tissue box, bottled water, or maybe even a plant. Adding a wall-mounted or full-length mirror to the room will also be helpful, especially if the bathroom will be shared.
Add a Personal Touch to Your Guest Room
Make sure there’s easy access to an outlet in the room and leave a welcome card with the WiFi code for internet access. Create a goody basket with bottled water, healthy snacks and tasty treats that your guests can enjoy when they have the late-night munchies. Place an overnight kit for your guests with extra toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, shampoo, lotion and so on. Think of the items that are provided in a hotel room, or things that you sometimes forget to pack when you’re travelling. Set out extra towels. If your guest room has its own bathroom, check that spare rolls of toilet paper are easy to find and keep some cleaning supplies in the bathroom so your guests can discreetly clean up an accidental spill.
Remember to take a trial run of your guest room. You will discover what’s working, what’s not, and what’s missing, giving you the opportunity to work out any kinks and make adjustments before your guests arrive. The more preplanning you do, the more enjoyable the experience will be for everyone when you have guests in your home celebrating the holidays.