By Cathy Hobbs, Founder & Creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes
Guest bedrooms in many homes are discarded spaces. They are often treated as extra storage spaces, clutter-filled and only cleared just hours before a guest arrives. In other instances, guest bedrooms are left dark and empty, a shrine to the guest who shows up once or twice a year. Guest bedrooms serve as a welcome message to your visitors, and should be treated as an opportunity to usher in your guests in style.
Here are my top 10 tips to enhance the guest bedroom experience for your guests.
1. Create a welcome basket.
This generous collection of items is a staple at events such as weddings and large family gatherings, so why not create one for your guests? A welcome basket can carry the basics like rolled towels and bottle water, or it can be enhanced with a special personalized gift.
2. Add books.
Books are a wonderful—and useful—addition to any guest bedroom. From novels to tourist guides to gorgeous magazines, reading material can be a welcome diversion for your guests.
3. Think fresh and fragrant.
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? A vase of flowers says you took the time to add a special, scented touch to welcome your guest.
4. Provide the basics.
Guests often forget to bring the basics such toothpaste or even a toothbrush, and having these items on hand can be a wonderful surprise for your guests, making them feel more at home.
5. Choose classic colors.
Even though it is your home, it’s best to stay away from personalized colors in a guest room. When designing a guest bedroom, stick with classic shades like white, blue, yellow, and green.
6. Opt for sumptuous linens.
For many guests, staying at your home is in lieu of a hotel, so why not make your guest feel like your home is in fact a boutique hotel? There is nothing better on a bed than sumptuous linens.
7. Add local touches.
For some guests, coming to your home may be a vacation. They might be interested in learning more about your area, and taking in some of the local sights and flavors. Take the time to add some local touches to your guest bedroom. For example, if your area is known for jam or maple syrup, include a jar or two in the welcome baskets for your guests.
8. Provide privacy.
Tired and weary guests will really welcome the opportunity to have some alone time. If possible, create your guest room in an area that provides privacy. Bonus points if it has its own bathroom.
9. Change it up.
Don’t let your guest room get old and dusty. Keep it fresh and current by changing it up every so often, switching out pillows, artwork, or bedding.
10. Clear the clutter.
In an ideal situation, the guest bedroom is not used as your “catch all” room. Clear the clutter and help make your guest feel like it’s his or her own space, even if just for a little while.