by Hunter Pyle
If you've finally saved enough to buy a home with a guest room,
you might be wondering how to decorate it. There are a number of
ways to make your guest feel at home even when they're not. Many
of the hotels and motels have been doing this sort of thing for
years, and you can take some cues from them. Simply understand
what the needs of your guest might be and be sure to keep those
items handy so that they feel welcomed in your home.
Most guest rooms should come with a television set and phone to
make them appealing for long-term guests. If you aren't expecting
long-term guests, then a comfortable bed with plenty of pillows
is still a must. For winter, make sure the room is sufficiently
warm either by opening the vents or by having enough blankets on
the bed. If they need more, you should show them where they are
stored. For summer, there should be sufficient ventilation with
fans or air conditioners to make sure they sleep well at night.
The curtains or blinds in the room should be easy to close and
allow enough light in when open to illuminate the space.
Furniture can consist of an empty bureau, a bookcase, and a small
workspace with a chair for writing, reading, or to use a laptop.
The Separate Bathroom
If your guest room comes with a separate bathroom be sure to
stock it with the necessary toiletries. Have shaving cream,
soaps, shampoos, and all manner of hygienic products available.
If you can get these in travel sizes, all the better. There
should be mirror space in the bathroom to help your guest dress
and present him or herself. The guest bathroom should have more
than one set of towels and the guest should be shown where they
could get more.
Some people like to put a small refrigerator in the guest space
for the guest's own drinks and snacks. This is a nice touch but
is not necessary. Trash cans should be available in both the
bedroom and bathroom. They should be emptied out every so often
for the guest. Don't forget to have empty hangers and shelves
available in the closets for your guest. They will need to hang
some of their items up. Within the closet offer an ironing board
and iron too.
Making a room feel homey is also about decorating in a casual and
contemporary style. If you make a room too elegant, your more
casual guests might feel intimidated. If you make it too country,
some of your guests might privately find it hokey. Since tastes
differ amongst people, a guest room should be functional and
conservative in style while adding a few contemporary pieces of
artwork or furniture for interest. Keep the colors to the neutral
palette, which most people find appealing and you will come off
as a very gracious and caring host.
About The Author: Hunter Pyle wrote this article for the purpose
of sharing some tips on decorating a guest room. If you are
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