Gear up for guest season

By admin
22 November 2013

Go the extra mile and make sure that your guests are in a happy and comfortable space this festive season by adding special touches to your guest bedrooms. Interior Creator’s, Janel Nell gives a few easy tips on beautiful revamping.

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before you even have time to blink, the holiday season will be here. And we all know what this means. It’s once again time to hang up your festive decorations and start planning social gatherings. It may also mean having a few friends or family members stay overnight, and as the quote by Emerson suggests, what really adds adornment to your house are your guests. We’re going to show you some simple and effective ways to revamp your guest bedroom and set the scene for your guests to feel welcome and have a wonderful stay.

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A top priority for a guest room should be creating a comfortable place for your loved ones to stay. A big part of this is choosing the correct bedding. You don’t want guests getting too hot or too cold during the night, so a mixture of light and heavy covering is your best bet. Start with a base of a cotton sheet with a high thread count. Then following the model used by most guest houses, layer a cotton coverlet with a down comforter on top. This will adapt to both temperature extremes.

There should also be a variety of pillows on hand as some people prefer flat or fluffy pillows. Layering a few scatter cushions over a combination of these two also creates a sense of fullness and style for your bedroom décor.

As a guest room isn't used every day, good-quality bedding will last longer and is worth the investment. Stick to a neutral theme with the bed linens and accessorise with beautiful quilted or chunky knit throws.

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Two other tactile items to pay attention to are window treatments and floor finishes. Block-out fabric is the perfect option for curtains or blinds in a guest room. Not only do they cut out more light to allow guests to sleep in, they also help to keep the room cool in summer. There are a wide variety of block-outs available now in various shades and they’re self-lined, so no backing is required. However including another sheer curtain behind, on a double track, allows for privacy when wanting to allow light to filter in.

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A timber floor in a guest room is ideal as it’s easy to clean and great for people who suffer from allergies. The downside is that it’s a bit colder and louder underfoot; however these problems are easily solved by adding a rug to your space, and you get to pick one to complement your décor. You can’t go wrong with a coir or hemp rug with a felt underlay to add texture and casual sophistication.

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Besides the bed, the bedside tables are the next most important furniture items. A well-thought-out side table will help guests settle in and relax. There should be space to store their personal items, such as watches and earrings, and if there’s no space for a book shelf in the room, then book or magazine storage as well. A tip is to choose bedside tables that have a low-maintenance finish, so you and your guests don’t have to be overly concerned with water rings. Thoughtful items such as a carafe of water, an alarm clock and fresh flowers add the final touches.

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Some people are a bit thrown off balance when they stay in a different room or home, but the addition of the right types of lighting counteract this, putting your guests at ease. In addition to a general overhead light, it’s vital to have bedside lighting in a guest suite. This allows guests to not only read in bed, but also helps them to navigate in an unfamiliar space. There are many creative lighting options available to suit your taste as well. If you need to free up space on the surface of a table, then opting for wall-mounted lights, or hanging pendants above the table is a perfect solution.

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A fantastic furniture item to have in a guest suite is a desk that can double up as a dressing table. This provides a working area for those still needing to do a bit of business over the holidays as well as a place to put on make-up, which frees up some bathroom time.

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Two easy accessories to include are mirrors and hooks. Mirrors are the perfect accessories and allow guests to check their appearance without needing to venture into another room in the house to do so, which again works well if bathroom space is limited. Besides having a cupboard to use for clothes storage, it’s handy to have some hooks mounted to doors and walls for robes, coats and handbags, as well as miscellaneous items such as car keys. There are a variety of metal, moulded and wooden hooks available to suit your taste and budget. By following these tips, and the wise words of Homer, you can’t go wrong creating the perfect environment for your guests. “A guest never forgets the host who had treated him kindly.” ~ Homer -Janel Nell,

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