How to Spruce Up your Guest Bedroom Before the Holiday Season
Can you believe that the holiday season is already on the near horizon! This time of year tends to sneak up on all of us, which is why I’ve partnered with the The Carpet & Rug Institute to help get your home ready to welcome family and friends before the holiday season. When we entertain we always end up hosting family for a few nights, especially when they’re in from out of town. Our aim with this post is to share tips to help you get your spare room in tip top shape ready to welcome overnight guest.
A little Greenery Goes a Long Way
As can be said for the rest of the home, adding live flowers or plants can really contribute to the feeling of a space. We’ve had luck with many of our indoor palms, air plants, and fiddle fig leaves, and place them throughout the home to give a fresh feeling to the different spaces. Remember that lighting is still crucial, and many plants have differing needs when it comes to how much sunlight they need to thrive. If you’re guest room is darker or doesn’t get direct light, you may opt for fresh cut flowers or greenery. This is still a great option and shows that you’ve thought about your guest prior to their arrival.
Comfort is Key
Most of us have varying ways of decorating for the holidays, so within this post, I’ll focus on the elements that are key, rather than extra holiday decorations (which can be styled afterward!) First things first, your guest room should be a place that is comfortable and relaxed! Your guest shouldn’t feel as though they can’t put their feet up and rest. I always find that a room with plush carpet brings about a warmth that further creates a cozy space. Should your room have hardwood or tile consider investing in a rug. This will anchor the room and help give off that added warmth, which is crucial during the fall and winter months!
The chillier weather is the perfect opportunity to add additional throws or pillows to your bedding. These additions are relatively inexpensive and provide additional comfort. I prefer to roll these blankets/throws and place them in a basket, so guests can help themselves! Another great hack is replacing existing pillow covers with softer fabrics such as flannel or jersey. Buffalo check, plaid, and herringbone are all great seasonal prints that are an easy way to create change.
Declutter and Clean
It goes without saying that any space that guests will be in should be cleaned and have excess clutter removed. Even if your guests are close family, no one likes to feel like they’re stepping over your laundry or avoiding excess clutter. I always suggest removing extra knick-knacks that may have accumulated in the space. Do a once over and see if your eye spots anything that could prevent the space from feeling uncomfortable. If you have a dresser, free up a few drawers so that your guests can unpack or free up some hanging space in the closet. If you’re like us and have your guest closet as extra storage, consider investing in a rolling rack. These are relatively inexpensive and provide additional storage.
Create a Welcome Basket
This is one of those personal touches that will go a long way! Most likely your guest will be tired or jet-lagged by the time they arrive. Take the guesswork out of providing everyday essentials and put together a basket of toiletries*, freshly laundered towels, candle, and maybe a snack or two! Another good idea is to print out your wifi password and network and place this in a spot that handy or easily accessible. I personally like to place this in a frame on the desk or side table. If you’re guest will be staying for an extended visit you can also provide a spare key.
* Consider things your guests may have forgotten at home. This could be a razor, extra hair ties, toothpaste, or even ear plugs.
Will you be rearranging your guest bedroom for the holiday season? Share your method for creating a cozier space in the comments below!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Carpet & Rug Institute.