Get Guest Room Ready: Preparing for Holiday Company

Ashley Dennis | 06 Oct 2019 | Seasonal Trends

Brace Yourselves: The Guests are coming. The Holidays are right around the corner and with them come shorter days, longer shopping lists and guests with extended stays. So we're here with some suggestions to take your home from "lived in" to "lovely".

Dust Fixtures & Wipe Down Surfaces

It's very easy to get overwhelmed if you're on a timeline. Start by thinking about where guests will spend most of their time (living room, dining room, guest room). Make a quick run through with a damp cloth. Wipe down hard surfaces, vacuum in high traffic areas and dust fixtures like blinds or ceiling fans to make a room feel fresh.

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 blankets can make your guest room feel hotel-level cozy.

Shop your home to find pieces to furnish the guest room. A small folding table and lamp placed next to the bed works as a makeshift nightstand.

If you use 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 stuff.

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

Pictured: Woven Wood Shade in Rustic White

Adequate Lighting

It can be difficult for anyone to adjust to sleeping in a new place, but a street light shining right in the window can make drifting 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 sleep. Roman shades, like the Premium Roman Shade with a blackout liner, block light but add softness to a room. It's like a comforter for you windows!

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 with 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 a 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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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, and extra tooth brush and fresh flowers. The little touches can sometimes feel like the most thoughtful.

Don't Stress!

Feeling the home preparation stress? Let us help! Window treatment measure & install is easy with our professional installer network. Check your area's availability or speak with a Design Consultant at 844-551-3769 to get started!

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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.