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.

Quilt Set

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.

Storage Trunk

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.

Bedroom Accent Chair

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.

Christmas Decor

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.

Bedroom Furniture

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.

LED Candles

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.