Tips for Creating a Welcoming Guest Bedroom
Do your holiday plans include entertaining out-of-town guests? Make them feel right at home with these guest room decorating ideas and tips for setting up the perfect guest room.
Find B&B Inspiration
Remember your favorite little Bed & Breakfast? Take your cue from the little touches that made your stay there so memorable. Decorative bed pillows, warm quilts and thoughtful extras make it a guest room that is comfortable and inviting.
Dress the Bed
Start with freshly laundered linens, then add a variety of pillows in varied degrees of firmness and size. The same goes for blankets. A variety of weights and fabrics allows your guest to choose the one just right for them. If your budget allows, a quilt set or bedspread in holiday colors can give just the right holiday touch.
Load Up the Hangers
Your guest will feel welcome to hang their clothes and settle in. A storage trunk presents an easy place to unpack and keep their bags. If you don’t have room for it, clear plenty of space for them to stow their luggage.
Take a Seat
Many people consider the bed as a place to sleep, but not a place to sit. Place an upholstered armchair or bedroom accent chair in the room with a table and lamp close by.
Accent for the Holiday
The season calls for some extra Christmas décor to celebrate the season. Consider a festive Christmas tree, some holiday scatter pillows, a Christmas throw blanket for snuggling, a pine cone candle, or a few holiday coffee table-sized books. Just a few additions can go far in making a guest room look holiday festive.
Clear the Decks
Resist the temptation to store your beautiful collection of treasures on the dresser or fill the closet with out-of-season clothes. In a guest room, less is more–more space, more comfortable and more welcoming.
Add the Finishing Touch
Just before your guests arrive, fill a vase with fresh flowers and place an ice-filled carafe of water in their room. Turn on LED candles to create a warm welcoming glow. Encourage them to share favorite moments of their stay by placing a journal in the bedroom so guests can write a note about their visit and let you know how much they enjoyed their stay.