Guest rooms! What can they tell about your hospitality?
Making a space welcoming and hospitable is the goal when designing guest rooms. Whether designing a guest room in a large suburban space or in a compact city dwelling, each has its own challenges. With careful planning and creativity, guest rooms will be an expression of the host’s style, hospitality and thoughtfulness.
Here are some tips and ideas when designing a guest room:
Consider adding a layer of down to cover the bed for extra comfort; a comfortable bed is a must!
Vary the pillows from soft to extra firm and let the guests decide what is more comfortable for them.
Buy soft, smooth bed sheets. Egyptian cotton with a high thread count is recommended. How about adding fresh cotton fragrance when storing the linens? (But before doing so, be sure to ask if your guest has any allergies.)
Add upholstery to add personality. Upholstered headboards, pillow shams, Euro shams, decorative pillows, bed skirts, and canopies tell so much about the host.
Put a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table. Flowers are another way to tell the guest they are important and are welcome in the home. Again, be sure your guests don’t have allergies. If they do, silk flowers of high quality can be used and will fool anyone into thinking they’re fresh.
Display a few photos of family members, trips taken or special events. Photos evoke a conversation with guests and discussions of happy times. Another fun idea is to have a wall display with specially chosen words of wisdom. Special quotes can be framed or stenciled on walls.
Consider putting a coffee maker or electric kettle in the room with a selection of high-quality teas. Add a silver tray with fine china, various sugars, honey, and a pitcher with glasses for cold water. Doing this ensures that guests can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or tea early in the morning in their own bedroom without disturbing the hosting family.
Incorporate a reading corner with a comfortable chaise or chair, a soft comfy shawl, and a stack of well read books.
Pay attention to details and add those extraordinary trims, buttons, tassels, and fringes. Those details say something special about the host and make guests feel special.
All the careful planning will bring a smile to guests’ faces and will give them a wonderful experience in your guest room that they will never forget.
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Here are some pictures of details and ideas you can use for your own home!
We’ve had a pretty mild winter up until recently, but that doesn’t mean the limited daylight hours haven’t already had an effect on us! And because of the cold and wet weather, people have the tendency to spend most of their time at home. Cabin fever leaves many desperate for some way to lift their mood.
Here are some tips to overcome the winter blues:
Try colorful pillows, throws, and decorative items. This is one of the simplest, most inexpensive ways to change the look of your room.
Give one or two pieces of furniture a facelift with a slipcover! Depending on your style and decorating preference, you can have some vibrant colors of floral, stripes, plaids, or a combination of them with solids to be used for a tailored or a more relaxed look. Slip covers are costly, but if you think about it in the long run you will be using them every winter to bring life to your rooms and will extend the life of your furniture.
Fresh paint for the entire room or an accent wall with lively, fresh colors will definitely do the job.
How about personal photos? Have you been to a tropical island, a nice sunny vacation spot, or been on a trip that puts a smile on your face every time you think of it? Let’s be creative here! Take those photos, enlarge them, add color-coordinated matting, and voila! You have new pieces of art.
Just like the winter decorations that only come out for the Holidays, we can keep another arsenal of winter decor to defeat the winter blues.