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Be prepared for overnight guests

Having a lovely guest bedroom prepared says a lot about you and your home. It speaks to your willingness and readiness to welcome and pamper overnight guests. Whether it’s for a far-off relative for a long-overdue visit or a grandchild for the weekend, a beautiful guest room is a wonderful idea that will compliment you and your home.

You don’t have to break the budget in order to offer the comforts of your home. The room doesn’t have to be large to be comfortable; a small room can be cosy and inviting.

The room in the photo has a casual feel to it which will make a guest feel that they can truly relax. The lovely two-toned blue paint colour provides visual interest and highlights the architectural features of the room. Blue is a great choice for any bedroom because it’s calming, cooling and restful. Pale-yellow accents complete the colour scheme nicely. The band of darker blue at the top of the walls, separated by decorative trim, gives the room visual height.

Other colours that work well in a bedroom are muted greens, pale yellow and earth tones like taupe. Keep the palette understated and elegant to achieve a calm, retreat-like feeling.

The bed, with its crisp co-ordinating linens, extra pillows and accent throw looks comfy and attractive. Having additional pillows and blankets available will ensure your guest has all they need for a good night’s sleep.

The wicker chair in the photo adds texture and adds to the casual atmosphere, and the overstuffed seat cushion invites one to sit and stay awhile.

For a guest room that is used less often than other rooms in the home, the choice for a simplified décor is a wise one. Keeping things simple helps with the upkeep and maintenance of a room that is not used regularly. Window blinds provide privacy yet allow natural light to filter into the room when desired. Although flowing draperies could easily work, the blinds keep the room feeling crisp and uncluttered. As well, the lack of pattern on the bed linens and minimal use of wall art helps maintain a clean style. A single dresser is sufficient for a brief stay and a few well-chosen accessories on the dresser top will help accentuate the décor.

Adding fresh flowers from your garden upon a summer guest’s arrival will bring a sense of the outdoors in. Put fresh linens on the bed right before your guest arrives. Add a basket of current reading material like magazines, newspapers and popular novels. Ensure that there is a good reading lamp by the bedside.

Provide a writing surface complete with stationery, stamps, envelopes and postcards with local themes in case your out-of-town guest wants to write home. If you don’t have a desk to use for this purpose, a lap desk on the bed will suffice.

A basket of toiletries is always a good idea in case your guest has forgotten their toothbrush etc. Purchase a traveller’s set of mini-toiletries for use during their stay. Place these items in a nice basket on the nightstand or dresser. If possible, include an alarm clock on the bedside table. This can be especially helpful for guests who may have travelled a long distance and need to adjust to a new time zone.

A guest room can also be put to good use when one-half of a couple can’t sleep or is ill and doesn’t want to disturb their sleeping partner.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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