Weekend guests, holiday visitors, family and friends – no matter who’s visiting, welcome them with a cozy, comfortable guest bedroom that will make them feel at home. To help you create the right balance between style and comfort, the pros at Cormack Construction share nine tips for transforming your space into a relaxing retreat. 

1. Choose soft paint tones.

There are no strict rules on what color to paint your guest room, but what you select will have an instant impact on the ambience. Strong, bright, or even dark colors can be overpowering. Lighter shades provide calming and restorative properties for our minds and overall well-being.

2. Layer lighting. 

A smart lighting strategy is essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere. Layer different types of bedroom lighting to ensure there is light for every task and mood, from general overhead lighting, to ambient wall lighting and bedside table lighting. 

3. Decorate with neutrals. 

Muted and gentle decor is easy on the eyes and creates a versatile and relaxing space. You don’t need to limit yourself to only creams and beige colors—just keep to softer and muted shades rather than strong saturated colors.

Design Tip: Incorporate design pieces that are complementary to your home’s style. Wall art, decorative pillows, unique lighting, side tables, and other pieces that blend in with your existing decor will give your whole home a cohesive look and feel. 

4. Dress up your windows.

Window coverings can be a versatile design element in your guest room. Not only do they give your guests privacy, but they’re a great place to add color or a pattern into your decor, while also helping to control the amount of light and heat that enters the room.

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5. Create a place for everything. 

Clear a space in the closet for your visitors to hang their clothes on arrival. Don't forget to include a supply of pant and shirt hangers. A simple hook on the wall or behind a closet door can hold a robe, coat, or a purse. Additionally, set aside a couple of empty dresser drawers for use. Your guests will appreciate being able to unpack smaller items.

Pro Tip: Spare rooms can become a personal dumping ground when not in use. Corral your odds and ends by having ample storage available. Custom built-in cabinets and shelves, under-bed drawers, and decorative baskets, are all great ways to contain clutter and give your surfaces a clean look.

6. Help guests stay connected.

Even on vacation, we really can't live without our digital devices. Write down your wi-fi password and leave it on the nightstand or other prominent spot in the room for your house guests. Provide a universal charger for cell phones and accessible outlets for charging devices.

7. Add a small armchair and table. 

Fill an unused corner with a small upholstered armchair and a table with a lamp to create a cozy spot for curling up with a good book.

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8. Provide luxe linens.

Pamper your guests with plenty of pillows, good-quality sheets, a fluffy duvet or comforter, extra warm blankets, and a comfortable mattress. Provide fresh thick towels and washcloths in an easy-to-access spot in the room.

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9. Focus on the small details. 

Offer an assortment of magazines, novels, or the local paper to provide quiet-time activities. Leave a carafe of water with glasses on the bedside or add a vase of fresh flowers. These touches will make guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive.

Home Remodeling and Construction in NH's White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine

If you need help remodeling an existing space, or adding on to your home, contact the pros at Cormack Construction. We have over 40 years of home remodeling and construction experience in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region, and Western Maine.

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