The key to an effective guest bedroom is simplicity. Too much clutter will make a guest feel like they are intruding on your personal space. In terms of furniture a comfortable bed, and pair of side tables and a wardrobe or set of drawers for clothes is all that’s really required. You may also wish to install a television, but this isn’t essential.
There’s nothing more likely to leave a bad impression on your guests than an uncomfortable bed. Make sure you’ve invested in a top-quality mattress. A really luxurious choice, such as memory foam or latex, will really wow your houseguests. Specialist sleep experts, Silentnight in the UK have a range of quality beds and mattresses to suit your needs. The only downside is that they may never want to leave!
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When it comes to decorating it’s always advisable to stick to a neutral colour. Your guest room may entertain a variety of guests over the years, and anything too bright, dark or garish could be quite off-putting, and make it difficult for your guests to relax. Stick to light colours and simple patterns, if you’re wallpapering.
To really make your guests feel welcome consider buying a small toiletries set. If there’s an appropriate space then a mirror will also complement this nicely, but remember the rule about clutter. If your guest room is only small, stick to the essentials – a bed and some storage space.
Similarly, it’s important to think about the size of the bed in the room. A double or larger is obviously ideal, but if it’s going to be so large as to overwhelm the rest of the room then it might be better to stick to a single.
Overall the best approach to furnishing a guest room is to imagine the things you’d like to see if you were staying with somebody else. We all need a few home comforts to be able to truly relax. Follow your instincts and your hospitality will be the envy of the neighbourhood.
• A water glass and carafe (or easy access to a sink for drinking water). I really like to hydrate before bed, and while I try to bring my water bottle with me everywhere, I always appreciate a glass.
• Maps, books, or brochures with local information. Even if I'm there to visit you, it's fun to learn a little bit about the town where I'm staying.
• An extra blanket - lightweight and heavy. During the day I'm typically cold, but for some reason at night I get warm. It's important your guests are able to choose from a light blanket or a heavy blanket.
• A small fan, especially if it's summer.
• A spot other than the bed to unpack. Putting suitcases on the bed is a big no-no. Think of what those suitcase wheels have been though! A folding luggage rack or trunk serves this purpose well.
• Extra pillows. I always need atleast 2 pillows. If I have a stuffy nose, 3.
• Bedside table with a lamp, even if it's small.
• A clock with easy to set alarm.
• Easy access to outlets for charging phones, laptops, etc.
Here are some examples of great guest bedrooms - from grand to modest.
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3 images above via marthastewart.com
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