Creating a luxurious sanctuary in your home to serve as a guest room exuding comfort and convenience can be achieved with a little ingenuity, creativity and several helpful tips.
Regardless of the size of the room, it is possible to create an elegant hotel-quality room where guests will feel pampered. While larger rooms can accommodate additional furniture such as a desk, easy chair or small sofa, smaller rooms can be enhanced with a rocking chair or a cedar chest that can serve as extra seating. Using decorative throw rugs will highlight carpet or provide a warm and cozy area for feet on wood floors.
The bed is a major part of the guest room and is easily turned into a cozy respite at the end of the day with linens such as a Macy’s duvet cover. Dress the bed in the best quality cotton, linen or silk sheets with matching pillowcases. Provide a pair each of soft and firm pillows so guests have a choice. Include several throw pillows for guests to have additional support if reading or watching TV in bed. Use the duvet cover for warmth and provide a smaller blanket for when a throw is all that is needed.
Provide your guests with privacy and the option to block out the sun when sleeping late with louvered blinds or Roman shades. Dress each window with a treatment that complements the theme of the room. Whether you choose lace sheers, silk drapes, satin panels or cotton swags, windows are a visual part of the room and should reflect a style of their own. For a guest room with a sliding glass door or a French door leading to an outside patio, provide stylish coverings for guest’s privacy.
Add decorative items throughout the room such as gold, silver or wood framed pictures, scented candles, potpourri and decorative arrangements of silk and dried flowers. Decorate a wall with a hand-painted original or a piece of modern metal sculpture. Provide an alarm clock and reading lamp. Instead of using scented candles in case guests have allergy issues and a sensitivity to scent, use battery operated or electric glow candles as an alternative.
Provide guests with an assortment of hypoallergenic soaps and hand cream, organic shampoo, new toothbrushes and toothpaste, a plush robe and assorted towels to accommodate each guest. If guests will be sharing the bathroom with the family, set aside a drawer or shelf in the bathroom for their personal items.
Provide a TV so guests can relax and watch what they want when they want. Utilize wall space for a book case to hold a DVD player, radio, assorted books, magazines, books on tape and a variety of movies. Provide an area to sit a laptop computer or notebook and access to in-house WiFi, if possible. Place stationery, envelopes, stamps, paper, pens and pencils and a phone book in a bedside table drawer.
Food and Beverages
Place a small table in a corner of the room to hold a coffee pot. Provide an assortment of flavored coffee packets, tea, sugar and creamer, two china coffee cups and saucers, and spoons. If there is room, install a small refrigerator and fill with bottled water and soft drinks. Include a basket full of non-perishable snacks and a bowl of fresh fruit guests can enjoy in the privacy of their room.
Author: Justin Greig A self-proclaimed “21st century hippie,” Justin studied Journalism at Berkeley and freelances for many environmental publications. He has a special interest in conservation, and he and his wife recently added solar panels to their home.