Cozy Up Your Guest Room

Tips on How to Raise the Comfort Level for Holiday Guests

Article by Karrie Franks

Photography by Desert Holly Oasis, Instagram: @DesertHollyOasis

Originally published in Laguna Niguel Lifestyle

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to put some thought into hosting overnight guests. The reality is that most of us don’t have a dedicated guest room, but fear not! You can create a comfy retreat for your guests to feel welcomed for their short stay. Here are a few functional design ideas to help.

To maximize guest comfort, start by focusing on the presentation and comfort of the bed. Fresh, white linens are my go-to as they create a clean and fresh feeling. Layer throw pillows on the bed for a pop of character, color and texture. Have additional blankets and pillows for sleeping so guests can adjust for their needs. If your guest bed is too hard or soft, consider adding a mattress topper for an extra layer of comfort.

Next, elevate your style by creating a headboard feature wall using easy-to-install, peel-and-stick wallpaper. It will add character and create a focal point.

Lighting impacts the overall feel of a space; replace dated overhead lighting to instantly update the space. Make sure to provide bedside lighting for nighttime reading.

Now take a step back and consider the layout of the space. Minimizing furniture and accessories to only the essentials will make the space feel larger and more inviting.

With these simple design ideas, you’ll create a cozy and welcoming space that your guests are sure to enjoy!

•    Provide your Wi-Fi password on a note and a power strip for charging electronics
•    Have a set of towels with extra toiletries set out, in case your guests forgot something
•    Add a live plant for color and to help purify the air.
•    Place water and a few magazines on the bedside table along with a calming pillow mist made from natural lavender or eucalyptus
•    Create space in the closet for your guests to hang clothes or store their luggage.  If that’s not possible, make sure there is floor space for their luggage to be opened
•    Install simple blackout blinds or provide eye masks to encourage your guests to sleep in

Karrie Franks is the owner of Karrie Franks Interiors. KarrieFranks.com

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