The Inviting Guest Room

By Sklar Furnishings

Design Inspiration, Tips & Trends

May 17, 2016

When we think of the guestrooms, bed and breakfasts, and hotels we’ve stayed in over the years, the ones we love the most all have the same things in common: they are well stocked with amenities, they encourage a restful sleep, and they make you feel refreshed and excited for the day ahead.

Creating a soothing space for your own guests not only feels great, but it’s easy to do. With a few key elements, you can create a truly inviting space.

Paint Color

One of the simplest and most affordable ways to turn your guest room into a relaxing space is with a fresh coat of paint. The right color not only encourages a restful sleep, but is also refreshing to wake up to. Our go-to colors for a guest bedroom are white and blue, they tend to be universally loved and never go out of style.

White is soothing and crisp and a great option if your guest room gets lots of natural light. The best way to tell if your room gets enough natural light for white walls is to turn off all the light sources and keep the blinds open. If you can read just using the natural light, white walls are a great option as there will be enough daylight reflected in the room to make the space feel bright and airy.

If it’s too dark to read without an artificial light source, then it’s a good idea to go with a color like blue or gray, because white can look a little dingy and flat in a room that doesn’t have lots of natural light. Pale blues and dove grays serve as great alternatives to white and offer a great sense of tranquility.

A Comfy Bed

Having a comfortable bed for your guests is a must. A day bed or pull out couch is a great option because this type of piece means the bed can be tucked away when not in use, and the room can be opened up to potentially serve as an office or space for a hobby. Day beds and pull out couches have been modernized and are no longer clunky or uncomfortable. They really do function as sleek couches and beds! American Leather’s Ashton Sleeper makes both a tasteful contemporary couch and a comfortable bed.

Fresh Linens

It’s hard to deny the appeal of crisp bedsheets and a soft comforter when climbing into bed. We adore white cotton sheets, if you’re looking for something with a luxurious feel opt for a set with a thread count above 300. Standard quality sheets (which are good as well) have a thread count of 200 and up.

Well Stocked and Neatly Organized Amenities

Being away from home and not having the amenities you need is always difficult. Keeping a well stocked supply of creature comforts will help make your guests feel at ease. Items people often forget to pack or don’t have the space to fit in their luggage include: toothbrushes and toothpaste, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, razors, shaving creams and lotions.

Fresh Flowers
Placing a small container with a couple of flowers on the bedside table is a nice finishing touch when you have people staying over.

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