Tips for a Guest Room and How to Make Them Feel Welcome

Whatever the season, whenever you have people coming over to stay you want to make them feel welcome, cushioned and cosy. Your guest room is not only a place for them to enjoy a good night’s sleep but also space where they can take some time out to relax and enjoy a little peace and quite alone. So, when it comes to tips for a guest room, just imagine what you would look for in a room to feel at home.

You want to make sure that your friends and family will want to come back again. They may even be inspired to offer the same comforts when you come to visit at their home.

Tips to Make Guests Feel Welcome:

  1. The Hallway

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It starts in the hallway… literally, the hallway is the first thing a guest will see so it’s a good opportunity to create a great first impression.

Ensure your hallway is clean, tidy and spacious, it should be comfortable for your guests to walk in and take off their shoes and jackets.

Injecting colour is a great way to express personality and make your hallway more inviting. We recommend running with brighter colours and as they have a happier vibe. There is also nothing better than including framed pictures or your favourite artwork to add an extra personal touch.

  1. The Living Room

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The living room is probably going to be the first room your guests will enter and there’s plenty you can do to make it as welcoming and relaxing as possible.

Colour is again important and sets the mood; it can provide a relaxing or energising feel to the room. There is so much choice here and you can choose how intense or cool you want the colours to be. A soft blue or white will provide a cool and calming mood whilst a vibrant orange will energise the place. Adding a new rug or some cushions can be enough to help set the scene.

Other things for you to consider include furniture and accessories. For your sofas and tables, it’s important these are kept clutter free for that clean, modern look. They should be tidy, so your guests will feel welcome to sit down and relax.

Since the living room is a space where you’re likely to spend most of your time, it’s nice to have accessories that bring out your personality. Consider items like photos, canvas art or items you have obtained on your travels. We love dotting little souvenirs about that bring back good memories from previous holidays. It will give the room some character and it’s a great conversation starter!

  1. Dining Area

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When it’s time to eat ensure your dining area is well prepped and looking as good as it can. Consider using tablecloths to add style and texture whilst protecting your table from heat and stains. Tablecloths come in different styles and materials, choose wisely for ones that match your tableware.

If tablecloths are not your thing, consider some matching placemats and coasters to go with your table.

  1. Lighting

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One of the best ways to make guests feel welcome is to consider the lighting in your home as it helps to set the ambience. You need to consider a few things when it comes to lighting: placement, design and the number of lights you need for each room.

For the living room, you should use a combination of floor lamps and table lamps; you want the glow to shine both up and downwards. For that extra neat touch, light three of the four corners of the room with one of those lights focusing on an object, such as a plant or artwork.

In your dining room, make the table the brightest spot in the room. Place the light above the table at no brighter than 100 watts. Place some smaller lamps around the room for a calmer, more relaxed feel.

The bedroom should feel cosy, so place reading lamps by the bedside. Aim for low wattage lights and angle them away from the bed. If you like, place some nice scented candles on a table by the bed for an extra touch.

  1. Smell

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Regardless of the occasion, you’d want your home always smelling good. There are a number of low-cost ways to keep the air fresh and pleasant.

We love scented candles and think they’re the best way to fragrance a room. Not only do they smell great when lit, the right candles will also keep the room smelling nice when they’re off too. We recommend a lavender scent for the bathroom, something more rich and pungent for the living room and a more citrus scent for the kitchen.

Another option you can try is reed diffusers, a fantastic low maintenance way to get any room smelling lovely. Like candles, there are a variety of scents to try and they last a long time. We recommend using them in the hallway for a gorgeous, welcoming scent.

And finally, fresh air. You can never get enough so open those windows wide to let fresh air in and flush out any stale smell!

10 Tips for the Guest Room:

  1. Get Rid of Your Clutter

Every other day of the year your spare room probably doubles up as an office, a laundry or a dumping ground for your clutter; but when you have guests coming, you should clear the space of all the detritus so that they feel comfortable and welcomed.

While doing this, throw the windows open to air the room and give it a once-over with a duster and vacuum to avoid your guests realising the room hadn’t been entered since the last time they came to visit.

  1. Allow Your Guest Some Hanging Space

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Make room for their things by relocating your clothes and shoes elsewhere. It may mean that you must temporarily put up with some extra stuff in your room but you could look at it as a chance to have a clear out and make a trip to the charity shop with any unwanted items.

Be sure to provide plenty of hangers and some kind of luggage stand if you can. No wardrobe? No problem. Put some hooks on the back of the door, with hangers of course, and clear out some drawers or look into under-bed storage options.

  1. Make a Sumptuous Bed

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An inviting bed is a key to a good night’s sleep and a memorable guest room experience. Always use your best fresh linen and remember to layer up with extra pillows and cushions for maximum comfort.

If your guests are visiting in the winter, it’s a lovely touch to give their bed a quick blast with an electric blanket before bedtime. You should also consider adding a mattress topper to increase the cosy bliss factor as they slip into bed on a cold winter’s night.

And don’t forget the mattress protector if you are hosting a young family – anything can happen when small children are involved, so be prepared.

  1. Provide Bedside Lighting

Good bedside lighting on both sides of the bed is an absolute must in any comfortable guest room. Your visitors do not want to be getting up to go to the light switch on the other side of the room and stubbing their toes on unfamiliar pieces of furniture on their way back to the bed.

  1. Stock Up the Bookshelf

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Be sure to supply some reading matter in your guest room for those who like to have a read at bedtime. Offer a good variety to meet the varied tastes of your visitors, such as good novels, autobiographies, magazines and some old standards that are easy to dip in and out of.

It’s also a good idea to have some children’s story books available for friends with young families.

  1. Dress Your Window for a Good Night’s Sleep

Returning to the issue of lighting, if you want to ensure that your friends and family sleep well in your home, do not skimp on this important aspect of your guest room. Make sure that curtains and blinds provide adequate coverage to keep that bright early morning light at bay.

If your spare room is in the loft conversion, do not neglect to install blinds on the skylights. There is nothing worse, when you are playing away from home, than being ripped from your slumber, the morning after the night before, by the harsh light of day. And anyone with small children in tow will be forever grateful if you have installed a blackout blind in your guest room.

  1. Provide A Good Mirror and Dressing Table

Allow space for dressing and makeup, and provide a good mirror. These are great touches that you can add to this room offering comfort and convenience to your guests. A good mirror with flattering lighting in the bedroom will also keep the bathroom free for the more pressing needs of all the family members. And a full-length mirror, while not essential, will also be greatly appreciated.

  1. Don’t Forget the Extras


Do remember to provide plenty of fresh towels, blankets and extra bedding for your visitors. That way they won’t have to keep on asking where they might find the things that they need, or worse, suffer in silence because they don’t want to bother you with lots of requests.

Other things that you might want to offer are bathrobes and slippers as well as the essential bathroom products plus a few luxury ones if you’re going to make them feel pampered.

At the very least have toothbrush and toothpaste and even a razor handy for those impromptu sleepovers. We all know that the unplanned get-togethers are the best ones.

  1. Water and Other Refreshments

If you want to avoid your guests disturbing the whole household and making midnight raids on your fridge, make sure that they have adequate water and refreshments, such as a fruit bowl, available in their room. If you know that you are going to enjoying a late night together, you could also put some paracetamol, or similar, in the bedside drawer to ward off any hangovers. You could go as far as turning down the beds and placing chocolates on the pillow but do remember that you are not running a hotel.

  1. Final Touches for your Guest Room


And last, but not least, you can add the final touches to the room such as fresh flowers on the windowsill, a small tray for coins and keys, and some artwork on the walls.

Another thoughtful item to include is an alarm clock so that your guests don’t wake up in a strange bed not knowing the time or having to rely on you to wake them up in the morning. Be sure that whatever clock you choose is easy to operate and does not have an annoyingly loud tick or spread too much light into the room, as this would not be conducive to peaceful sleep.

Ensuring your friends, family and visiting guests feel comfortable and cared for, as a host, is paramount. If you get your guest room right you’ll be the talk of the town (okay, maybe not that much but your pals will very much love it).

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