I find that when I’m away from home and staying in someone else’s house, it can be nice to have a few additions or special touches to the guest room in which I stay to make it feel a bit more than just a room.
In our last home, we had a guest room in which my mother would stay when she came to visit. I tried to add a few simple items that made the room more comfortable for her as well as a little cozier, yet didn’t having me spending hundreds of dollars to redecorate the entire room.
I’ve found over the years that it doesn’t take a lot to make a guest room feel cozier for family visits. Here are a few budget-friendly things that we have done to add some life to our guest room spaces.
The Bedside Table
A guestroom can seem a little cold and uninviting with just a bed in it. However, adding a nice bedside table can be the start of giving the space a little character.
A bedside table doesn’t even have to be anything expensive or fancy. We’ve used everything from hand-me-down mini-dressers we’ve found at garage sales and then cleaned and re-painted, to nice wicker tables that we found near the garbage at an apartment building at which we once lived. Neither set cost us a dime, but they added some cozy character to our guestroom space. With a nice cloth covering, a small lamp, a vase with flowers, or a few other added touches, the bedside table can add some cheap charm to this area of a home.
Don’t you hate it when you show up to someone’s house to stay the night and they only have like one blanket on the bed? Then you have to come groveling like a beggar, asking for more bedding because they have the air conditioning cranked down to 55 degrees. That, or there’s just one wafer thin pillow that you have to fold in half to form some semblance of a real pillow.
An extra pillow or two and an additional blanket or throw at the end of the bed can help keep your guests a little more comfortable, avoid those uncomfortable requests for extra bedding at an inconvenient hour, and add a nice little extra inexpensive touch to a guestroom.
It might not seem like much, but a nightlight can make for a cheap, yet cute and cozy way to add a little charm to a guestroom. We’ve used seashell created nightlights, sport themed versions, old-fashioned lantern type nightlights, and even small lamps at times to provide a little ambiance.
Not only can this add a little something extra to what might be a relatively dull or un-decorated space, but it can make waking up to an unfamiliar place a little easier for guests as they attempt to avoid stumbling their way to bathroom or fumbling for that extra blanket they’ve kicked onto the floor in the middle of the night.
A Nice Picture or Painting
A nice picture or painting can add that simple touch that makes your guest space more than just an extra room. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a great work of art or an expensive piece purchased at an art gallery. In fact, when I worked in the hotel business, our hotel was going though a renovation and was getting rid of their old décor. This included the tropical themed pictures that hung above the beds. Sure, the frames were a nasty salmon color, but a quick repaint with a glossy white, made for a nice (and free) pick-me-up piece for our guest room.
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