Seeing your friends and family smiling, relaxed and feeling at home usually makes everyone else in the house feel great, too. All it takes is a combination of well-placed items and a bit of thought and preparation to turn a great time for your guests into a truly memorable one.
One sure-fire way to make visitors feel “at home” is to create a welcoming guest bedroom that has some benefits of a hotel room, but is relaxed and familiar.
1. Make a place for clothes
Living out of a wardrobe is much nicer than pulling clothes from a suitcase so, if you can, provide hanging space. If you don’t have an existing wardrobe then a foldaway or open hanger is a cost-effective solution. Drawers are perfect for folded clothes and personal items and provide surface space for phones, makeup and jewellery.
2. Beautify your bedlinen
Let’s face it, Australia has a wide range of temperatures, and even some of the hottest locations can still have cool evenings, so creating your bedding in layers is a good idea. Guests can easily throw them off if they get hot. A lightweight quilt is a good base, while an open-weave throw can be used as a cover if the temperature soars and the quilt ends up on the floor! Adding a throw is also an affordable way to update your room and add a burst of colour and texture.
3. Thread count counts
With sheets, the better the quality of cotton, the better they feel. Just like a great hotel, crisp quality sheets are welcoming and provide that luxe feel.
4. Pillow talk
This is another important consideration. The wrong pillow can cause neck pain – and bad moods! Invest in quality pillows, both firm and soft, and allow two per person. Extra pillows or plump cushions on the bed also make reading or having tea in bed feel indulgent and comfy.
5. Create a blissful bathroom
If you have the luxury of an ensuite or separate guest bathroom, then your guests are in for a treat. Stocking it with nice toiletries is always a welcoming gesture. However, you can still provide that luxe bathroom feel even if you don’t have a spare bathroom.
One of the most important things is to ensure your guests have a comfortable bed! Choosing the right bed will make your guests feel right at home.
Creating a guests’ basket, with a few of those special bath/spa items inside, will put smiles on their faces when they walk into their room.
Of course, one of the most important items for a luxury bathroom experience is a great towel. Egyptian cotton or high-count cotton towels make drying a pleasure.
If you really want to roll out the welcome mat, then scented candles, natural sea sponges and hand creams will make them feel so at home they may never want to leave (hmm, maybe don’t make it too special!)
6. Find a fresh scent
Fragrance will add a finishing touch to the space and and hopefully make your guests feel lifted and relaxed. Scented candles and diffusers dotted around the home, ideally in the bedroom and the bathroom, are a thoughtful touch that won’t go unnoticed. Just make sure they’re not too overpowering or sickly sweet.
7. It’s the little things
When it comes to making your house guests feel welcome, it’s the little things that count.
Have a range of teas or a special packet of biscuits – it’s thoughtful and affordable.
If you have space, an armchair in the guestroom is a nice extra – to place clothes on or for a quiet read.
Fresh flowers add fragrance and colour to the bedroom – and even better if they’re a favourite variety.
Serving guests a bottle of wine, liqueur or cocktail they love will make them feel very at home and special.