7 Ideas to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

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Preparing for holiday visitors doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your home. No matter how small or large your guest room, a few personal touches can take a spare bedroom from makeshift-closet to marvelous. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect guest bedroom without calling the red alert:

  1. Fresh flowers. The simplest way to brighten even the dullest spare bedroom is a vase of fresh flowers. If you don’t feel like springing for a seasonal bouquet, choose lightly-scented perennials like tulips or daisies.
  2. Water, treats. Studies show that a small tray of homemade treats laid out with a small carafe and some glasses are the universal sign for “Welcome Home.” (Note: Not a scientific study.) No time to bake? Substitute with fresh fruit or something special from a good local bakery.
  3. Basket of soft things.Rather than stack towels and toiletries on the bed, wrap them in ribbon and place them in a deep basket. Step it up with a robe, extra throw blanket and pillows and top it off with a small box of chocolates.

    Fresh flowers brighten the whitest of walls

  4. Lights. Task lights, like an adjustable desk lamp or nightlight, give your night owl guests a private place to read or check e-mail without disturbing the rest of the house.
  5. Dress the windows. Add drapes to the windows so guests can choose to rise with the sun or draw the shades for some post-holiday sleeping-in.
  6. Dress the guests. Add a dressing vanity to the room with a small table and desk with a chair for a place to keep clothes. Trying to save space? Keep it simple with a bright chair and a few extra hangers.
  7. Personalize. These guests are staying with you for a reason—for you. Add a personal touch with family photos, favorite books and other memories from your best times together.

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