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There is nothing that is more welcoming to someone who has been traveling than a soothing and purposeful guest room. I have been on the receiving end of being a guest, and it has been such a special treat. When I visit my sister in Florida, I am always given the royal treatment.
We do hope to move to Florida, and when we do, we know that we will have to have a guest room since we will most likely have out of town guests. For this reason, I have created a beautiful guest room in my head countless times. When moving has been my dream for the past six years, what else can I do but dream about it?
Whether you currently have a guest room or dream of having one some day as I do, here are the things I think would create a welcoming and tranquil guest room.
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Let’s face it. A guest room might only get used a few times a year at best, so from a frugal standpoint, furniture should be simple and inexpensive. However, that doesn’t mean it has to look inexpensive. There are so many DIY furniture hacks all over Pinterest these days. I will snag some ideas for headboards, a simple dresser re-do, and maybe a lovely reupholstered chair from there.
Again, luxurious bedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune. I just purchased these sheets for my bed last month and although inexpensive, they feel like they cost a fortune. If you get some for your guest bedroom, do yourself a favor and get some for yourself, too!
A cozy blanket
There really is nothing like cuddling up with a cozy blanket, is there? I would love this one!
What is more inviting than a cozy and tranquil room with soft lighting? Not much in my book.
I love linen spray for this. Reed diffusers are nice, too. But, linen spray is a nice touch. This is my favorite linen spray ever!
Peaceful and soothing wall color and pictures
I envision a very light wall color and simple beach pictures, water pictures, or just overall peaceful outdoor scenes. Nothing overpowering or busy.
Some sort of living element
Call me crazy, but I think there needs to be something living in every room. Maybe it’s a plant, a vase of tulips, or some simple greenery or something, but I generally have something living in each room, besides people, of course.
A welcoming basket
What better way to make your guests feel welcome than with a basket filled with a few special things. These things could be some simple snacks, a crossword puzzle book, some beautiful stationary and a pen, Chapstick, lotion, and a few toiletries in case your guest forgot something. Who knows what of it they will use, but having a welcoming basket like this just says “welcome.”
Some reading material
This is something that you could tailor a bit based on who you have coming, but hopefully your guests will be having a bit of time just to relax, and some good reading material can be a real treat.
Some basic technology help
In today’s world, it is impossible to know what tech gadgets your guests could be coming with, but having a few basic options available for charging things like phones and tablets is a really nice touch. Often you will know of the device your guests have simply because you will most likely know them rather well, but having some options in your guest room is a really nice touch.
Are you looking to take your guest room to the next level? Offering some basic housekeeping treats like turn down service and tidying in the morning can be a great way for your kids to learn to serve others by serving the guests you have in your home.
Having guests can be a bit tiring, but it is also an incredible honor. It can also be a lot less stressful if you have a well planned guest room in place. If you’re ever a guest in my home (if I am lucky enough to have a guest room someday), I would love to welcome you in these ways.
This post is based on a chapter in Ruth Soukup’s book, 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life. Grab a copy and join in as we work through it together, or, grab a copy and work through it at your own pace in your own time.
Either way, you will have a clutter free life by the time you work through all 31 days!