Make a Welcoming Guest Room: Entertaining on a Budget

Making guest feel welcome is every host’s goal, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your guest room or suite. Follow these tips — which focue on all five senses — to make your guests feel like they really are on vacation.


Obviously, your guest room or suite should be tidy and clean. Clear away all clutter and make some room in the closet or nightstand for your guests’ belongings. If they are readers, make sure to provide good lighting. For an extra special touch, place a book you think they’ll enjoy on the nightstand (short story or essay collections are nice, short reads). Don’t forget to put out an alarm clock so your guests can wake when they want to.


Make sure linens in your guest room are freshly laundered, soft and comfortable. Bed linens, towels, rugs and other fabrics should be recently washed and set out for your guests to use. (Use a natural laundry detergent for allergic guests.) A few throw pillows on the bed add an extra sense of texture.


Place a bowl of apples or other fresh, in-season fruit on the nightstand, or even a couple of chocolate chip cookies for guests with a sweet tooth. Consider your guests’ dietary needs and preferences, and plan accordingly.


A white noise machine can help to bring the outdoors inside if you live in a less than scenic place. It’s also a great cover-up for street noise or other sounds that may keep your guests awake.


A bouquet of fresh flowers on a table or nightstand add a touch of style to any guest room. Also try placing some scented candles around the room – if your guests don’t have allergies.

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