It is that time of year again! The holidays are literally right around the corner, and many of us will have guests staying for days (or weeks – sigh). So whether you’re excited or not, getting ready for holiday guests is a great opportunity to open your home, showcase your hospitality and welcome loved ones.
If you only have one guest room, you may consider opting for twin beds, that way friends, children or couples can occupy the space. Below is a floor plan we recently presented to a client wanting to update her spare bedroom for friends and family.
You can see we selected a chest in between the beds. This is a great place for lighting, an alarm clock, and a carafe of water for your guests. Be sure you leave space for them to place their personal items too!
Keep your guest room decor simple – you want room for your guests to put their things and make it feel like their temporary home while they are staying with you. Imagine the welcoming feel of your favorite hotel. The decor is subtle and the flat surfaces are cleared for you to unpack and place your items.
Clear some closet space. Drawers are nice too. You can see in the floor plan above, we suggested some storage and vanity space on the wall across from the beds. Two small chests of drawers provides each guest a place to unpack and store their items. The vanity is just a small table with a mirror above it – a perfect place for putting on makeup if the second person is in the guest bathroom showering and getting ready in there. It also could double as a writing desk.
We opted not to put a television in this guest room, based on our client’s personality, but I have a TV in my guest room. My visiting family enjoys watching / listening to the news, so they can have it on as they get ready in the morning. It is personal preference. In the above design, we could have placed a television instead of a mirror (but it would not have been nearly as pretty).
I like to include seating in a guest room too. Whether it be the benches at the bottom of each twin bed above or a small chair in the corner as in the photo below. This allows guests a place to sit and flip through a magazine or put their shoes on easily.
Speaking of magazines, it is a nice touch to have local publications accessible for your guests to read. It is a nice way to introduce them to your city or state – and even some local current events.
Lighting is also a key component to a good guest room. You want to have an overhead light, as well as some bedside lights. In this twin bed guest room below, each bed got a lamp for their convenience, sitting atop a chest of drawers.
Finally, a tip I learned from one of my favorite clients, is to type out and put your WiFi access code in a cute frame and leave it in view for your guests.
And of course, there are details for preparing your guest bath. You can see how far my blogging skills have come, and have a chuckle, whilst reading some (albeit still very good) suggestions HERE.
So, what else do you suggest? Do you have anything extra special that you do when you’re getting ready for holiday guests?