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 How To Make A Guest Feel At Home
In A Guest Room

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.

The Bedroom

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.

Additional Items

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 looking for more ideas I'd suggest checking out or


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