Get Guest Room Ready: Preparing for Holiday Company

Ashley Dennis | 06 Dec 2022 | Seasonal Trends

The holidays are approaching and with them come shorter days, longer online shopping lists, and guests with extended stays. We're sharing 5 tips on how to take your guest room from "lived in" to "lovely."

Dust Fixtures & Wipe Down Surfaces

It's easy to get overwhelmed when preparing to host guests. Start by thinking about where they will spend most of their time (living room, dining room, guest room).

Make a quick run-through of the areas with a damp cloth. Wipe down hard surfaces, vacuum high-traffic areas, and dust fixtures like blinds or ceiling fans to make a room feel fresh and clean.

Orange microfiber blinds duster.

Wash Bedding and Create Storage

A freshly made bed that smells of fresh linen (or whatever your favorite laundry scent is) along with extra pillows and cozy blankets can make your guest room feel like an extended stay at a boutique hotel. Shop your home to find decorative pieces to furnish the guest room.

Adding a small folding table and lamp next to the bed works as a makeshift nightstand. If you're using your guest room for storage, be sure to clean out a few drawers, have a bench for suitcases, or install a few wall hooks so guests have a place for their luggage.

Modern farmhouse bedroom with blue plaid bedding, wood furniture and woven wood shades in the windows.

Pictured: Woven Wood Shade in Rustic White

Prioritize Adequate Lighting

It can be difficult to sleep in a new environment, and a street light shining through the window can make dozing off nearly impossible. Try sleeping in the guest room for a night to see how it feels.

For guest rooms that have night-time light exposure or get a lot of early sun, blackout shades can help ensure guests get a good night's sleep. Roman shades, like the Premium Roman Shade with a blackout liner, block light while adding softness to a room.

Contemporary bedroom with grey walls, white bedding and blackout roman shades in the windows.

Pictured: Premium Roman Shades in Verona Dove

Also, consider maximizing your window's natural light in gathering spaces. A light-filtering shade like the Woven Wood Shade will help maximize the amount of natural light coming into your living room, kitchen, or dining room.

Light and neutral colors on the windows make the space feel more open. Installing your blinds or shades higher, above your windows, prevents them from stacking or blocking the window when fully opened.

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Modern bedroom with white bedding and beige SouthSeas Woven Wood Shades.

Pictured: SouthSeas Woven Wood Shades in San Lucas Lichen. Photo via: @greybirchdesigns.

Contemporary, trendy kitchen with white counters, white tiles walls, light wood cabinets and light woven wood shades in the windows.

Pictured: Deluxe Woven Wood Shades in Capri Natural.

Stock Up on Niceties and Necessities

Be sure your guest bedroom and bath have the essentials: towels, toilet paper, and the wifi password. Travel-size extras like toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner are a nice touch.

But you can go the extra mile and impress your guests with a phone charger, an extra toothbrush, and fresh flowers. The little touches can sometimes feel like the most thoughtful.

A modern bathroom with green blackout roller shades on the windows. There is a stand alone tub in the bathroom.

Pictured: Economy Vinyl Blackout Roller Shade.

Don't Stress!

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  • About Author

    Ashley is a Social Media Specialist. A weekend-warrior, she and her husband spend their time fixing up their townhome together. She is an artist and DIY craft fanatic who has converted her dining room into a tiny studio where she hangs out with her two assistant-cats. Sci-fi books, video games and hula hooping are also her jam. Follow her on Instagram or Youtube.