Spring is almost here! That often means the arrival of visiting friends and family, yet creating an inviting bedroom for them needn’t involve lots of time or money.
For those of us who love to entertain, going the extra mile to welcome guests is something that comes naturally. We stock the fridge, we make sure the sheets are fresh and we supply neatly folded towels. Maybe we pick up our visitors at the station or airport and we know there’s certainly going to be a better breakfast than the usual in the morning!
Here are our top tips on creating a perfect guest bedroom.
Treat it like your own bedroom
Keep things neutral
Light has a major impact on both the feel and functionality of a space, so make sure the bedroom incorporates task lighting for reading and dressing, as well as softer ambient lighting. Dimmable light sources will create a calming and nurturing atmosphere, an overhead pendant light and a few adjustable lamps are a great combination. If you don’t have enough space for nightstands with lamps, try fixing wall lights above the bed or look for clip-on reading lights. Remember natural lighting also plays an important part so make sure the window coverings offer options for those who like to wake up to light or dark.
Invest in high quality linens
It goes without saying here at Gilly Nicolson Bed linen HQ. Quality bed linen can make the difference between a great night’s sleep or an awful one. Gilly advises: “Whether you have a permanent bed, a daybed or a sofa bed, choose the best-quality bedding you can afford. My personal favourite is high-thread-count Egyptian cotton.”
Layering the bed with a top sheet, a duvet and an extra blanket or throw is also a good idea as it means guests can adapt it to their ideal sleeping temperature. Think about providing a choice of pillows, some prefer feather pillows and others like synthetic ones.
Keep extra linens handy
Fresh fluffy towels are a must, but rather than simply stacking them on the bed, try rolling them up in a cute woven basket. They’ll stay neatly tucked away until they’re needed, and they’ll look great.
Furniture and room layout
Make your guests feel pampered
It’s the little things that make a guest feel at home, so stock up on a few essentials and treats. Why not create a lovely welcome kit which could include: perhaps a few interesting books or magazines; a comfortable robe and slippers; supplies for a relaxing bath; items such as a toothbrush, cotton balls and other easily-forgotten essentials; a beautiful scented room spray is a great alternative to a scented candle. Toiletries; you could add some lovely hotel miniatures, or if you want to go that extra mile why not splash out on some small indulgences such as a few lovely items from, the little luxuries collection at Jo Malone.
Finally no guest bedroom is complete without some fresh flowers, you don’t need to go extravagant here, I think a small selection of flowers hand picked form the garden is lovely and a very personal touch. Just before your guest’s arrival, open the window and fill a glass carafe with fresh water. Simple gestures, but we guarantee they won’t go unnoticed.
So are you guest ready?
Now, just make sure the fridge is stocked with plenty chilled wine and wait for their arrival. (But) Be warned, your guests may never want to leave!!!