One of the most enjoyable aspects of creating a life with your partner is undoubtedly filling your home with people you love. We’re not just talking about the pitter patter of little footsteps, but also the laughter of friends and family.
For those of us lucky enough to have a spare room in the house, turning it into a guest bedroom is a perfect way to make your visitors feel at home, even if you have a small home. This is especially important if you’ve frequently got doting grandparents and other families members dropping in to visit or babysit your little ones.
If you want your guests to feel cozy and pampered, it’s important to create a warm and luxurious backdrop. Not sure where to start? Take a look at these four simple ways to create an inviting guest room.
1. Ban crappy sheets
There are few things less inviting than sleeping in a bed with cheap, crappy blankets or sheets. Seriously, scratchy sheets made with synthetic materials are just awful on your skin, nevermind they aren’t breathable and make you sweat. How can you get a good night’s sleep like that?! If you want your guest to feel welcome and get a great night’s sleep, invest in a new bed, a gorgeous duvet cover and some sinfully soft sheets.
The highest-quality bedding generally has a high thread-count for comfort and durability. If you live in a hot climate, then you need to find the perfect linens! A great choice would be no sweat cool sheets, as they are lightweight, cool and breathable. Cool Sheets will give your guest room that high-quality hotel feel, plus they are wrinkle resistant for a low maintenance finish.
2. Choose a calming color-scheme
Believe it or not, the color palette you select for your guest room can play a huge part in how inviting it feels. Consider the ambiance you want to create and select your color scheme accordingly. For example, blue tones can give a room a serene feel while dark purple will add a touch of luxury.
Remember, less is more. The guest room might feel like a great place to experiment with color, but it’s not! Resist the urge to make an elaborate feature wall or use busy wallpaper that may date the room badly and overwhelm the senses. Whites, light greys and pale pinks are a safe bet for a fresh and inviting appearance that suits all seasons and styles.
3. Make it cozy!
The Danish concept of “hygge” is the latest big thing when it comes to interior design. This charming Danish word is a close relative to the word “cozy.” It encompasses the feeling of contentment you get when curled up with a good book and your favorite Yankee Candle or enjoying a hot chocolate by the fire.
A big part of creating an inviting guest room comes down to incorporating hygge principles in your design. Think small touches that make a big impact, such as flowers in a vase, great smelling candles or a plush throw on the bed. Even leaving a cute note for your guests can be “hygge.” It’s all about making your guest room feel like a home away from home.
4. Don’t forget the little toiletries!
What’s one thing everybody loves about hotels? The sweet, pint-sized toiletries on offer. To give your guests a luxury experience, simply purchase a few matching mini bottles and decant your favorite shampoo, condition and body wash into them. For that extra personal touch, you can even print off custom labels with your family name or a cute quote onto the bottles.
And there you have it — if you’re looking to turn your spare bedroom into a sumptuous, inviting guest room that your friends just don’t want to leave, simply follow the four tips above.