Now that the holiday season is upon us, many of us will be hosting friends and family members from out of town.
When you take a little more care with creating a cozy guest room, not only is it a lovely gift for your guests, but it makes you feel happier and more at ease, knowing that your home is a welcoming haven for visitors.
We love hosting guests in our home. Our current house has three guest rooms (yikes–this is what happens when your kids grow up and move away!), and several times we’ve had all three rooms filled at once, plus kids sleeping on couches!
One of our guest rooms is decidedly feminine, decorated with a pink checked duvet and white accent pieces. The second room is more masculine, with grey bedding and yellow accents. And I guess the third room, which is the one in these photos, is somewhere in between.
Honestly, I’ve found that the style in which the room is decorated doesn’t matter as much as making sure our guests feel at home and get a good night’s sleep. And everyone is happy when they get a good night’s sleep, right?
Here’s a peek at one of our guest rooms, along with 8 easy ideas I’ve used to create a welcoming experience for our guests.
(P.S. This room is in the basement on the north side of the house, so the lighting for these photos wasn’t great, and I apologize in advance for the lack of quality (also due in part to my lack of photographic expertise)!)
8 Tips for Creating a Cozy Guest Room
1. When choosing accessories for the room, try to think of little touches which would make your visitors feel more comfortable, like fresh flowers, magazines, books, candles, an alarm clock, and a soft rug near the bed so their bare feet have a soft spot to land in the morning.
2. Make sure your guests are warm enough. I have extra-cozy throws and coverlets on the beds, extra blankets in the closet, and a portable space heater in each room. You may also need to adjust your thermostat up a bit, especially if guests are sleeping in the basement.
3. Make sure your guests have plenty of pillows available in different levels of softness. This bed has two sets of pillows, two sham pillows, and two decorative pillows, plus more pillows in the closet–it’s a pillow palooza!
4. Get a simple tray or basket for the bed. Fill it with plush, clean towels, wash cloths, and extra toiletries. This is how I use up those little bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash I bring home from hotels!
5. I always think it’s nice to set out a bottle of water for guests on the nightstand. A pitcher and glass are also great. Add a treat or snack and your company will really be happy!
6. Make space in the closet and add plenty of empty clothes hangers so your guests can unpack and feel at home. Another nice touch is to add wall hooks so they have a place to hang their coats and purses.
7. Make sure there’s plenty of lighting, both overhead and on the nightstands, especially in basement guest rooms. And if your guest room doesn’t get used very often, make sure all the light bulbs are working.
8. If you have the space, add a cozy reading spot and/or a desk so your guests will really feel at home!
Of course when you open your home to family and friends, you always want to put your best foot forward, but remember, it’s all about spending quality time with the people you love!