Being the Martha Stewart in your group when it comes to hosting overnight guests is easier than you think. My years as a hotelier have allowed me to perfect guest spaces & understand guests' needs. So How to Wow? Here are 12 easy tips for providing a comfortable, welcoming & useful space for guests. You may even find these helpful in your own bedroom.
1. SETTING THE TABLE
The bedside table is a space for your guests, not you. The visual ease of a clean, clutter free space is relaxing, which is why it is essential to keep bed side tables empty. It is the first space you encounter in the morning and usually the last thing you see before bed at night. Make sure there is an attractive reading lamp that does not take up too much space. Also do not use the nightstand as a display for useless decor. A decorative dish for jewelry, a small vase of fresh flowers add decor & function. Lastly, chose durable, water resistant furniture for the nightstand or add a glass top so you & guests do not have to worry about water glasses sitting in puddles over night. More tips in the technology section later.
2. GET BEDDING RIGHT
Investing in the right bedding is at the same time the most basic & important principles of creating a chic guest room. You do not need the most expensive fabrics or highest thread count necessarily. Cotton is the universal fabric for sleeping for a reason, it breathes. Light weight, breathable fabrics help create a cool environment. Going the extra step and having sheets pressed will enhance that cool & crisp feeling that is ideal for sleeping. This is what can make those hotel sleepovers so much better than home. And, if you want to splurge no one is ever going to complain about Frette sheets & bedding, like one of their sets pictured here.
3. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Making your bed every day is one of the best things you can do for yourself, so do not make it complicated. A simply dressed bed is more manageable and allows you to habit form making the bed in the morning easily.
4. CONSIDER AN UPHOLSTERED WALL
Upholstering a wall adds a touch of cozy drama to any bedroom. The upholstery acts as an insulating cocoon allowing you or your guests to relax in peace & quiet. With no need for a headboard your space will seem larger while still giving you a comfortable spot to lean back & curl up.
5. CREATE A SITTING AREA
A comfortable & separate seating area helps create refuge for you & your guests. Allowing them a quiet area to read, relax, take phone calls or watch TV. Providing this space can give both the host & guest some space and takes away the obligation of hosting every waking second of the day.
6. ADD ART CAREFULLY
Color is not the only key to create a calming effect in bedrooms, artwork plays just as important of a role. Seek artwork that is less busy & jarring. Play off the tones & themes of the room not to over introduce too many ideas or distractions for your guests. For an affordable and easy option I love searching a flash site like Gilt because the visual search & filters makes finding the right piece easy.
7. DOUBLE DUTY ON WINDOW TREATMENTS
For some people keeping light out is a must for a deep night’s sleep. While others, like me, prefer the ambient light or city & nature to drift into sleep only to be gently wakened by the sun the following day. To satisfy every type of sleeper in your guest room, offer two window treatments: something decorative or sheer along with an inner layer or blind that keeps light out and adds privacy. My recommendation spend the money on the curtains, drapes or sheers, it's what you see. Go to online discount retailer for blinds & shades.
8. STOCKED & STORED
Providing your guests with ample space to stored their belonging provides for a comfortable use of space. If you have a closet for guests, you can offer essentials like a luggage rack & plenty of hangers with a trip to Container Store or pursuing Amazon.com. When possible be sure drawers & shelves can be available so they can unpack their suitcase and free up floor space. Be prepared with extra pillows, blankets & sheets that are easily seen or clearly marked incase needed.
9. ELIMATE NOISE
If you free your guest room may be noisier invest in some noise reduction windows or screens. Also do not underestimate the power of heavy drapes to help combat noise. Also providing comfortable ear plugs is a thoughtful touch especially for city guest rooms and country visitors. While standard ear plug are helpful, I love these new smart earplugs from Hush Technology for the extremely light sleeper, which keep unwanted noise out while making sure important messages & alerts reach you.
10. LIGHTING THE SPACE
Providing a guest room with ample natural light will make it seem open & airy. When adding lights keep these ideas in mind. If you do not have the space for bedside lamps, consider a sconce it will free up surface space that your guest can use for their belongings. Also outfitting a guest room with dimmers & nightlight will allow for light without glaring consequences in the middle of the night. The last thing you want is a guest who is in an unfamiliar space to fumble around in the dark trying to find the bathroom. Check out Lumens.com for a variety of lighting solutions.
11. PREPARE FOR TECHNOLOGY
Providing convenient technologies is a luxurious touch. TVs, alarm clocks, Sound Systems & tablets with customized apps & controls (if you have a smart home) make you look like a prepared home are really nice but not necessary. Simple touches like having extra chargers for the most common types of devices come in handy make the real difference. Conceal wires & electronic devices by running the wires through the back of the nightstand draw. This not only will provide a clean & clutter free space but also keep phones & tablets out of sight for a better night’s sleep. Also make sure outlets are ample & in plain sight or easy to reach so your guests do not have to rewire your room. Consider adding a splitter to increase your outlets charing ability.
12. BE A GUEST IN YOUR OWN HOME
Sleep in your guest room for a night. Pay attention to light, noise & function. Do you notice anything when looking around the room when sitting in the seating area or perhaps lying down in bed? Is the furniture placement & storage space sufficient. Being a guest in your own room allows you to experience from their perspective.