With the festive season upon us and the exciting news that families will be allowed to gather in our “COVID Christmas Bubbles” this December, it’s time to transform your guest room from a home office / dumping ground into a welcoming retreat for your much-awaited visitors. Cue “Be Our Guest” from the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack!
The Guest Room - Christmas EditWe’ve not been given much of a chance to host people this year, so what better excuse to pull out all the stops and give your guests the wow-factor this Christmas! Here are our top tips for making your guest room wonderfully welcoming (hint: it’s all in the details).
1. Next level bed making
As well as clean bedding and fresh towels, go the extra mile with plush quilts, scatter cushions and layered throws. Exude low-key luxury and top-drawer cosiness by building layers and using textural textiles on your guest bed. The hospitality industry will tell you how important high thread-count is but since your guest bedding isn’t going through a hot wash hundreds of times a year, investing in natural fibre bedding like linen or snuggly brushed organic cotton is a great way to ensure a comfy night’s sleep.
2. Welcome goodies
A little chocolate on your pillow at a hotel goes a long way to making you feel looked after, and although a pillow choccy might not be your style at home, there are lots of other little gestures and goodies you can put in place to make your guests feel welcome. Things like a small tray with water glasses and a jug or some gingerbread cookies in a jar are practical treats. You could even put together a fruit bowl or a few toiletries like soaps and toothbrushes.
3. Guestbook memoirNot something you see in all modern-day homes; the humble guestbook presents a nice touch. Ask your guests to sign their name and a small message at the end of their stay with you and you’ll have a neat little memoir of all the times you have hosted friends and family. It’s also nice for guests to flick through and see who you’ve welcomed in the past.
4. Make some spaceIf your guests are travelling with suitcases or a few outfit changes, consider making space for them to store their belongings during their stay. You could think about getting a folding luggage rack which can go at the end of the bed for visitor bags and be stowed away easily when not in use. If there is a wardrobe, leave some space with empty hangers for your guests to put their clothes away. If not, over-door hooks or a hat stand with hangers should provide ample hanging space for short stays.
5. Wi-fi passwordEveryone always wants to have access to Wi-fi, even if it’s just for downloading that Christmas family game app or Googling “how to cook a turkey from frozen”. So, rather than waiting for your guests to ask for the code, write it down along with a nice welcome note and leave on the bedside table.
6. Ambient lightingWhen your guests arrive and take their bags up to the room, have soft lighting at the ready for that first welcoming impression. Bedside lamps not only look great, but they are super practical too. Nobody wants to draw the getting-out-of-bed-to-turn-off-the-light short straw! Since this is the “Christmas edition” on how to make your guest room welcoming, why not trail fairy lights across the bedframe?
7. Room fragrance
There’s nothing like a beautiful fragrance to really draw someone into a room. You don’t want to be too heavy handed when it comes to room scents as not everyone’s tastes are the same and too much synthetic perfume wafting around a room can do more harm than good. Natural aromas like lavender and rose geranium essential oils can help to create a relaxing atmosphere for a good night’s sleep. Alternatively, a few spritzes of a quality winter spice room fragrance with a warming combination of cinnamon, clove, orange and pine will create a festive ambiance for your guests.
Armed with these tips, you’ll be the hostess with the mostess this Christmas! We hope you enjoy supporting small businesses as much as we do. If you still have some Christmas shopping left to do, take a look at our pick of handmade Christmas presents on our blog. Merry Christmas everyone!