Decorating a Guest Room

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Almost everyone entertains company from time to time. Whether it be your in-laws, your college friends, or a foreign exchange student, make sure your home is prepared with a beautiful guest room to greet anyone who visits.

When designing your guest room, begin by taking a close look at the furniture you will use. Most people choose to put one full or queen sized bed in a spare room, but you could also opt for two twin size beds if you plan on entertaining several guests at once. Twin size beds are a good solution if your teenager will have sleepovers with friends each weekend. If your room is large enough, include a small bedside table and a dresser to hold the guest's clothing and other personal belongings. You could also add a chair in a corner so your guest will have a place to sit and read at night before bed.

When you plan your guest room, choose a room that is in close proximity to the bathroom. Ideally, your guest room should be right next to the bathroom for easy access in the middle of the night.

Decorate your guest room so that it feels like a welcoming oasis. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch for your guests. The colors in your spare room should be light and cheery, or peaceful and sedate. Using solid pastel colors for comforters and flowered or checked pillows and shams will allow you to use more than one color or shades of the same color through out.

Include a small area rug for an added touch of comfort. If the guest room has an adjoining bath, add matching rugs in both the bathroom and bed room. This will tie the spaces together with one simple step.

Colored and scented candles or maybe fresh potpourri through the room will not only make it smell fresh, but will make it feel clean and inviting. Place scented candles on a dresser so the scent is soft. Avoid putting any scented accessories too close to the bed or it may be overwhelming to your guests at night.

Make sure you include adequate storage space in your guest room. A dresser or small three drawer chest will give your guests a place to store their clothing. Make sure a mirror is available in the bedroom if a bathroom is not next door. This will give female visitors a place to put on makeup and get dressed in the mornings.

Keep small comforts in mind when designing your guest room. Add an extra blanket in case your guests get cold during the night. Make sure there are clean towels and linens that are easily accessible to your guests. Add soft, comfortable pillows to the bed, and turn the mattress from time to time to keep it soft. Add artwork and use soothing colors to make the space welcoming. Remember to incorporate soft area rugs and scented candles and your space will be inviting for guests.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02