Accommodating Guest Bedrooms and Bathrooms

If you're expecting guests for the holidays or just want to improve your current guest room, we’ll show you how to make your houseguests feel at home.
By: Michele C Hollow

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Inner Artist

What child could resist? Even an adult would love to dabble and find his inner artist in this fun guest bedroom. Just make sure you leave some chalk and erasers. If you can’t find a board this size, you can get a smaller one. It will keep kids entertained for hours.

Plenty of Pillows

When you stay at a hotel, don’t you usually call up for extra pillows? Extra pillows, a desk where your guests can write or use their laptops, and good lights are all important in a guest room.

Soft Touch

Towels and a clean bathrobe hanging in a beautiful bathroom make one want to get up early to shower! Part of Moen's Arris Bathroom Collection, the lines are clean and offer a nice balance to the plush towels.

Stay Awhile

Done in restful blues and creamy whites, this guest bedroom from HGTV Home Furniture Collection offers guests lots of storage space for their clothes. The travel trunk is a nice accent where you can store extra blankets for those chilly nights.

For the Music Lovers

When this Cambridge, Mass., family decided to turn their carriage house (which had been used as a pottery studio) into a guest suite, they asked Charlie Allen Renovations to include space for storage of musical instruments. The solution was floor-to-ceiling, custom-built shelving, which offers dramatic display space for piano, guitars, drums and more, leaving plenty of room for the comfort of visiting guests.

It's About Time

A clock overhead is a nice touch. This way, your guests will always be on time for their site-seeing appointments. The bedding from Woolrich Home is warm and toasty. You can layer blankets and pillows for warmth and style.

It's the Small Things That Count

Fresh flowers on a bathroom counter are welcoming in any bathroom. Designer Darlene Molnar also likes to have trays for displaying special soaps and lotion dispensers for her guests to enjoy.

Kids Won't Want to Leave

Fun and functional, the contrasting colors, floral rugs and girly bedcovers make this child’s bedroom a delight.

The Comforts of Home

If you have room, a small sofa provides a place where your guests can put their feet up and read. The Silhouette window treatments, from Hunter Douglas, provide just enough light and a lot of privacy. A potted plant brightens the room, and a small night table with drawers gives your guests a place to store personal belongings.

Pull Up a Seat

For guests that may need a little extra help. This fold down teak seat from Moen Home Care along with the grab bars are functional and stylish.

Mirror, Mirror

The mirror in this guest bedroom makes the room appear larger. Also included is an oversized bulletin board so guests can put up their agenda for the day. Plus, empty dresser drawers and a hook on the door provide lots of space for guests to store their belongings.

Tradition and Grace

The Modern Heritage bedroom collection from HGTV Home Furniture combines clean lines with tradition. This classically styled sleigh bed and coordinating dresser are right at home with the soft green walls and minimal touches. The wall sconce over the bed allows guests to read in bed without having to get up. A chair in the room gives your guests a place to kick off their shoes and relax.

A Room With All the Fixings

Charlie Allen Renovations added a custom-built entertainment center with a retractable television to provide division between sitting and sleeping areas in this guest suite. A breakfast bar (upper right) provides space for guests to fix breakfast or snacks.

Warm and Woodsy

The Woodland bedroom from HGTV Home Furniture offers more masculine tones. Shown is the Parquet panel bed next to the nightstand chest with handy nightlight, store charge drawer and pull-out drink tray. At the foot of the bed is a bench for overnight bags, and a dresser with a mirror is on the side. The rustic coat tree in the corner is great for hanging clothes or a robe.

Stylish Simplicity

Sometimes less really is more. The space in this room is small. However, the homeowners make the most of it by making the bed the focal point, adding simple shelves for your guest’s things, and a double table, where you can serve tea, place toiletries, or a good book or magazine.

Candles Add Charm

Who wouldn’t want to soak in this tub? The serene colors, tile floor and delicate candlelight make one want to wash all their woes away and enjoy the host's warm hospitality.

Brights and Neutrals

Your bathroom may be small, but neutral colors make it look a bit bigger, while bright colors add warmth. Keep extra toothbrushes, cotton balls, nice soaps and shampoos within easy reach.

Pretty in Pink

Soft and inviting pastels, lots of pillows and books to read, make this guest bedroom an inviting space. Make sure there is a wastepaper basket nearby, along with some paper to write on.

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