Guest Room Must-Haves

Designing A Guest Room

When designing a guest room on a budget, use  a five-star Hilton hotel for inspiration and discount stores and a savvy interior designer for implementation!


Of greatest importance is the best bed you can afford.  A queen-sized bed is more than adequate for two people and usually fits in a guest room quite nicely. If there is enough room, two twin-, full- or queen-sized beds would be ideal.  Dressing the bed is equally important. Start with a good quality mattress pad that adds a cushioned, luxurious feel.  Freshly laundered bed linens, fluffy but not-too-full pillows, a comforter and extra blankets create a welcoming oasis for your weary guests to rest and restore.

Find a place for a luggage rack or a bench to set a suitcase on. Create a one-to-two foot space in the closet with a few hangers for your guests to hang their clothes.  Keep a drawer clear for them to put their things in.  This will help keep the room neat and organized.


If there is enough room, a comfortable chair where one can curl up is a welcome addition. It also gives guests a place to sit while they put on their shoes.  A small table with a lamp or a floor lamp next to the chair creates a cozy spot for reading.

A television in a guest room is appreciated.  Place the remote near the bed.  Having a few current magazines in the room is a nice touch for those who don’t watch TV.

Window blinds work well in guest rooms to provide privacy when needed and allow for light control during the day.  A simple valance or side panels add character.



Then there are the basics that every guest room and guest bathroom should have:

  • A CD player with a clock
  • Easy access to electrical outlets for charging phones and computers
  • Bottled water on the nightstand
  • A couple of fresh apples in a bowl
  • A fresh flower in a vase on the nightstand is a nice touch
  • Clean towels
  • Fresh bar of soap
  • Disposable cups
  • Hairdryer

Remember to inform your guests if you have a security system that is alarmed at night.

And most importantly, invite your guests to feel at home.

Home Redesign – Sprucing Up Your “Home Sweet Home”

A Spruce with Home Redesign

Sometimes it’s just not in the cards or in the budget to tackle a complete re-decorating project or big remodeling job.  Home re-design is a bit like staging a home for sale, except you remain in your home.

Here are some tips for “using what you have” in creative ways to improve and freshen up your interiors.

  • De-clutter – You’ve heard the term before, but first things first.  Take one room at a time and clear out any extraneous “stuff”.  Clean, sort, donate and toss. Now you have a blank canvas and can start to visualize the possible changes to make.
  • Analyze and organize –Think hard about the use of the room. Focus on purpose and define your priorities. Make a plan and follow it. Keep a theme or continuous thread from room to room.
  • Re-arrange – Furniture, art and accessories can be arranged in a new way to give new life to your room. Keep all of your favorite things and focus on what makes you happy.
  • Paint – is the number one best decorating tool. Not only will it make everything feel fresh and clean, color is a great way to lift one’s spirits. Neutral is great, but maybe it’s time to stretch your wings and add a bit of spice.  If you feel timid about having bold colors on walls, consider instead adding some color in your life in the way of furniture or fabrics.

Most importantly, take an objective look at your home as if you were a guest.  Go from room to room with an open mind and a critical eye.  Should you still find this process to be a bit daunting, enlisting a professional interior designer is a great investment.  Your interior designer will work with you to spruce up your home and make the “old” seem like new again.


Contributed by Kathy Jarvis, CAPID


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