Home & Garden

Create a welcoming guest room

Simple elegance and thoughtful touches are the key to a charming guest room. With a bit of extra effort, you can make your visitors feel as relaxed and pampered as they would in any boutique hotel.

Think relaxation

Your design should focus on comfort and relaxation. Creating a guest room that feels like a luxurious retreat is the goal. For a soothing look, consider a soft, monochromatic color palette – such as ivory, beige or powdery blue – for walls, curtains and linens.

When a single color dominates, it creates a visually calming vibe. Add texture in cozy throws and throw pillows.


Whether you opt for twin beds or a single bed, consider other furniture and accessories that will make your guest room comfortable and accommodating. A night table and lamp on either side of a single bed works well, while for twin beds, a single table between the beds and a shared lamp will do.

Because guest rooms are often the repository for our old mattresses, make sure yours are up to snuff. Add a memory foam mattress topper for extra comfort. A quality mattress pad cover or feather bed on top will add comfort for cold nights.


Thoughtful choices in the guest room also include furniture that fits your guests’ needs. If possible, add a vanity and stool. Your female guests may appreciate having a place to put on makeup. An ottoman or bench at the foot of the bed can become a convenient place for guests to place their luggage.

If you don’t have space for a bench, provide a folding luggage rack so guests don’t have to put their suitcases on the floor. A small side chair gives guests a place to put on their shoes.


Buy a quality set of sheets to be used only for the guest room. Pick up a set of towels, too. Layer the bed with sheets, a cotton blanket, and a duvet or comforter. Add a blanket or down comforter at the foot of the bed in case a visitor is still chilly.

A quilt rack can be added for extra blankets. Also, stock a few extra bed pillows in the closet. Be sure to put a hook on the back of the bathroom door with a soft terry robe for guests.

Thoughtful touches

Small touches can make a big difference to help guests feel welcome rather than an imposition. Consider adding a basket of small toiletries and a blow dryer in case guests forget to bring their own.

Leave magazines or a book or two on a dresser or a nightstand, and include a notepad and pen. A small bottle of hand lotion and a box of tissues are nice extras.