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!

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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.

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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.

 

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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”

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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.

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  • 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.

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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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