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Decorating a Guest Bedroom

By: H. Iacobacci-Miller

Figuring out how you want to decorate your own master bedroom can be hard enough, but try tackling a guest room as well. If you are lucky enough to have a spare room strictly for the purpose of a guest room, you're off to an easy start. Remember, comfort is the key.

Keep in mind how it feels to stay the night at a hotel or even at a friend's home. What are the amenities that you enjoy? What were your dislikes? Treat the space as a luxury hotel room. Provide your guest(s) with a full or queen-sized bed. If it's grandchildren you're catering too, try twin beds or even bunk beds. Don't decorate your room with a myriad of leftovers from other rooms though. Pick out a specific theme for your guest room just as you would your own room or your child's bedroom.

When it comes to the bedding in your guest bedroom, don't skimp. Think about comfort, textures and the sense of being completely welcome. Give your guests the same sheets you would want. Also, provide them with extra pillows and blankets regardless of the time of year.

Be sure to provide a nightstand and reading lamp beside your guest bed. Offer an area for clothing storage such as a chest of drawers or closet with free hangers and bare shelves. If you have the room, add a dressing or vanity mirror. No one likes to walk out of their room first thing in the morning and greet the world without straightening up just a little.

Remember, most guests don't want to burden their hosts by having to ask for things such as towels or alarm clocks. It is important to try to make it possible for you guests to feel as if they can remain independent from the rest of the home. It is a good idea to try and keep your guest room free of your family belongings. You want your guest(s) to feel completely welcome and not feel like an intruder.

The following is a list of some amenities to you might want to consider adding to your guest bedroom:

  • Pillow top mattress pad
  • Down comforter
  • Reading lamp and a few books
  • Notepad and pen
  • Alarm clock
  • Fresh flowers
  • A welcome basket of fresh towels, wash clothes, travel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, etc.
  • A television
  • Night Light
  • Wastebasket
  • If using scents, be aware that some people are allergic to certain fragrances so the lighter the better.

The most important thing when considering a guest bedroom is comfort and a sense of welcome.