After a day spent hanging out with their hosts, guests often wind down by returning to their bedrooms. Ideally, those rooms make holiday visitors feel welcome.The right holiday touches can do just that. But it can be easy to overdo it, too. Add too many decorations and guests may feel like they’re living at the North Pole!
A few carefully placed items can extend seasonal cheer into guest rooms. Luckily, no matter how spacious or humble your home, you don’t have to spend a bundle to add holiday themed items that help guests feel pampered and welcomed. Try some of these suggestions and your visitors may even like they’re staying at a luxury hotel for the holidays:
Add seasonal decor to guest rooms? Fine – but don’t overdo it. Less is definitely more when it comes to holiday guest room decorations (especially in small bedrooms). Not only will you save major bucks by erring on the side of simplicity but your guests will appreciate your restraint. If you put decorations in every corner, visitors can easily feel overwhelmed. Tasteful – but not too much holiday decor – might include a red, green or gold colored water glass or a sprig of holly or pine set casually on a night table. Don’t forget that every room needs a bit of breathing space, even areas focused on holiday themes. Avoid filling every corner with seasonal decorations.
Focus on appealing to your guests’ senses. Tasteful decor, holiday music, seasonal smells, and luxurious sheets are a sampling of ideas for creating bedrooms which are likely to delight visitors. When they open the door, how about a small bowl of scented pine cones, greeting them with the rich aroma of cinnamon and spices?
Don’t have money to spend on high thread count sheets? Toss a few inexpensive, extra soft throw pillows on the bed or a nearby chair or purchase satin pillowcases. A small CD player with musical selections allow guests to relax as they hum along to their favorite tunes. If you need some ideas about finding holiday music, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts stores and Walmart have plenty of Christmas CDs at prices that won’t break your holiday budget (many are even discounted).
Battery-powered candles provide the illusion of flames and a sense of warmth – but no fire hazard. Surround a small candle with a miniature wreath for instant charm. Battery- powered candles in a variety of styles can be found for under five dollars. Best of all, you can use the candles all year long. Simply pick a color that matches or blends with the rest of your home’s decor. Red and green are popular choices but gold and silver candles can be used in your home once the holidays are over. Silver looks particularly nice in kitchens with stainless steel appliances.
Have access to a small, dorm sized refrigerator? Borrow it for the guest room. A mini fridge can be stocked with bottled water, sodas or wine and guests can also add their own favorite snacks or other food. While it is a nice addition over the holidays, a mini fridge isn’t necessary. Another option includes a bowl full of fresh fruit with some holiday candy mixed in for seasonal color.
Enhance the luxurious guest room feeling by filling a basket full of travel sized lotions and toiletries. Many come in limited edition Christmas fragrances as well as decorative bottles or containers. If they’ve forgotten their toothbrushes, hand lotions, body soap or shampoo, the basket could save the day and guests can take any leftover items home with them.
You’ll get extra points if you make sure the guest room has a comfortable chair and a small magazine rack or basket with reading material. Select books and magazines that relate to your guests’ interests. It is also easy to find volumes of Christmas stories, from classic Charles Dickens works to books by more contemporary writers such as Debbie Macomber.