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Be Our Guest – Inspiring Guest Room Ideas

September 20, 2012 / Design Tips

We all know what it feels like to be a visitor in a place that’s unfamiliar, or simply not our own. The smallest details can provide major comfort and coziness, or inconvenience and irritation! When designing a space that will serve as a retreat for your guests, put yourself in their shoes to anticipate their needs. Imagine yourself in a resort when designing guest room ideas.

Start with the necessities: toiletries. It can be a pain to pack soaps, salves, shampoos and supplies when traveling. How about offering a stash of decadent shower supplies just for visitors? At most cosmetic specialty stores, you can find loads of small, sample sized shower goodies. Lotions and potions are something that will make your guests feel extra spoiled. Put them in a lovely basket with your softest towel and washcloth set, and voila! You’ve arrived at the first benchmark of reaching resort status.

Remember, all the comforts of home (those that are feasible) should be additions to your guests’ room. Don’t forget a pen & paper, clock, trashcan, lamp, an empty drawer for their belongings, and access to an iron. Put a relaxing scented candle on the dresser for your guests’ enjoyment. In tune with your boarder’s reading taste? Get a few enjoyable books for the nightstand to induce relaxation at bedtime.

To maintain a relaxing theme in the room, select a soothing piece of custom canvas art. 5,000 Nautical Miles by Melissa Matsuki Lillie has a calmness that is sure to ease your weary traveler. Then, paint the walls a sleep-coaxing color to carry on an inviting feeling to your guest. Choose a neutral, soft shade, such as Behr Himalayan Mist 500C-1. Once canvas wall art and wall paint have been chosen, select room-darkening drapes to ensure the morning sun doesn’t wake anyone up to early.

Once surroundings are serene, make the bed their refuge with crisp bedding they’ll enjoy wrapping themselves in. The Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet in Sea Spray from West Elm is a perfect compliment to this selection of modern home décor.  When preparing for your guests’ arrival, keep a bottle of Lavender Linen Spray on hand to spritz on the sheets just before pulling up the duvet for that final touch.

A soothing room is something we all crave. Offer one to your guests, and you’ll remain lifelong friends. A peaceful sleep will do wonders toward tranquility in life!

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