Once a year, the house fills up with life as family members and guests come together to celebrate Christmas. The low temperatures and short days can be compensated by making the living space all the more cosy. Even purists use Advent wreaths and other decor during the festive season to let winter’s magic into their home. While the main focus is on rooms that are in daily use, your visitors too will appreciate small tokens and Christmas guest room decor. It does not take much to transform a normal room into a cosy retreat and make your guests have an unforgettable stay.
Before decorating your guest room, ask yourself the following, irrespective of the season: How often will guests actually be staying in this room? If you have guests on a regular basis or for extended periods of time, it is worthwhile investing in a high quality and permanent sleeping facility. Sufficient storage space in the closet and bedside table will ensure that special hotel feeling. Details such as books and pictures will lend a personal touch and make your guests feel homely. If you also use the guest room for other purposes, it is a good idea to use multi-functional furniture such as sofa beds, small bedside tables or dressers on wheels. This will allow you to turn your study or hobby room into a guest room in no time.
There are many ways to go about preparing your guest room for the festive season. But before buying all sorts of accessories, take a moment to think about the colour scheme you want to use. Choose one that matches your personal preferences and looks good in the room, then stick to this colour scheme when buying decor items. While pastel colours are generally suitable for Easter, the Christmas season favours bold colours. If you want something traditional, green and red would be the colours of choice. If you prefer something a little more modern, you could also use royal blue, silver, purple, gold or even pink. These can be combined with white, beige or grey, which are always neutral.
Unlike during other festive occasions, Christmas decorations are not limited to either the indoor or the outdoor area. This is the best time of the year to let your creativity run free in both areas. Bring nature into your home and hang box tree wreaths or fir wreaths over the top end of the guest bed. Use them to frame mirrors and windows or place them on dressers – or on the mantelpiece, if you have one. You could also pick a few shrub twigs, tie them together with colourful ribbons and use them to decorate the corners of your rooms.
Especially during Christmas season, a few inspiring words will go a long way to put your guests in a festive mood. You could, for example, place words such as ‘Joy’, ‘Hope’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ out of wooden letters onto the window sill or dresser. Letters like these can be found in art supply stores, where you are also bound to find more decorating ideas and inspiration. You could also hang up knitted socks for your younger guests and fill them with all sorts of goodies that the children will appreciate at Christmas. Another good way to impress your guests: Home accessories such as blankets, pillows and curtains. While children generally enjoy something colourful and ornamental, older guests will normally prefer calm patterns and plain colours.
These are only a few ideas you could use to prep up your guest room for the holidays. Find inspiration and surprise your guests with Christmas guest room decor during the festive season.