‘Tis the season for spending extra time with those you love. Welcoming overnight guests? Think about the little things that will make their stay comfortable.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom to host family and friends, here are several things you can do to offer a welcoming space.
- Warm Greetings. The wall paint and furnishings will set the tone, so choose neutral colors and pops of color that soften the space and soothe your guests. And of course, a fresh plant or vase of flowers adds a pleasing touch.
- 5-Star Comfort. Think about that swanky hotel you visited. Fluffy pillows and fresh bedding with high thread count sheets will invite your guests to sleep in. Spray a little lavender in the room for a calming scent.
- Room to Move. Don’t overcrowd the room with furniture and décor. Give enough space for guests to unpack and store their stuff. A small bench will keep luggage off the floor and empty baskets can store loose items like toiletries, keys, glasses. If there’s a closet, be sure to free up some space and offer a handful of empty hangers. As needed, tuck an air freshener up high on a shelf.
- Easy, Breezy. Be sure guests can open a window or two for some fresh air. Or better yet, do it for them before they arrive. A light breeze and warm sun through an open window can be very therapeutic.
- Reading Basket. Provide a small reading library with a variety of relevant books or magazines. Your family or friends may enjoy a light read to help them relax before bed. For guests with children, perhaps a small toy basket as well.
- Good lighting. Swing-arm fixtures on either side of the bed are a great convenience for your readers. Or provide inexpensive portable reading lights on the bed post as an alternative. Incorporate a dimmer or night light in the room and hallways. Guests with small children will really appreciate it.
- The “Extras.” Be sure to provide some important extras like pillows, blanket, towels and toiletries. Maybe a tea sets and snacks for guests to help themselves. These are things you can place neatly on a dresser or chair that considers your guests needs without them having to ask.