As wonderful as open concept is, it can be challenging to figure out how to place the furniture. In large, open rooms, it frequently makes sense to establish zones for different activities: TV watching, eating, work area, reading nook, cozy fireplace seating, are some examples. It also ensures that every part of the space is fully utilized.
It goes without saying that a guest room has a good bed with fresh linens. But what other things make your guest really feel at home? Here are some extra touches you may consider:
- Bed side table with reading lamp, clock, water carafe & glass, box of tissues.
- A place to set a suitcase -folding luggage rack or bench
- Chair to sit and have a place for resting clothes at night
- Empty closet with matching hangers, extra pillows, extra blanket, ironing board and iron, and hamper
- Full length mirror
- Empty dresser
- Waste basket
- Door hook for purse & jacket
Last, it should be clutter free- this should not be a space for your excess stuff. Should be a relaxing retreat for your guest.
Here are a few ideas for updates that won’t break the bank and can make a big difference.
1. New cabinet hardware- updates tired cabinets
2. New faucet- instant style
3.Add free standing stainless steel island-adds functionality, too!
4. New lighting- gorgeous pendant styles out there now
5. Replace backsplash-glass or subway is a great way to go
6. Add herbs in pots of a cheerful color -adds an organic softness
7. Add a fun colored rug
Last three kitchens I helped to remodel, the homeowners wanted subway tile backsplashes. It’s an awesome choice! It is so flexible…goes with a variety of cabinet styles, always classic (yet on trend!), and makes a great backdrop for wood or other color accents. Especially when paired with gray grout, it’s amazing. My no-fail go-to!
Mirrors are a great way to capture light and reflect beautiful things. Here are a few suggestions:
1.Use them in narrow hallways, staircases and small rooms to widen the spaces visually.
2.Lean large upright mirrors rather than installing them on the wall. Place on floor and allow to rest against wall. Adds instant texture and interest to a spot.
3. Place mirrors across from a future you love, a window, a piece of art, chandelier, etc. It needs to reflect something that is worth looking at!
It’s common to spend your decorating energy and budget on the main rooms of a house. But don’t overlook the master bedroom! It’s important to have a space that is all your own, with things you really love. A calm, peaceful refuge. Here’s a few tips:
- Lighting. Avoid overhead lights, opt for floor an table lamps on dimmers.
- Bedding. Invest in quality, a beautiful, inviting bed with super soft linens.
- Carpet. Add a fluffy, soft carpet underfoot.
- Color. Keep it neutral- more soothing.
When you need inspiration, think about expensive hotel rooms. They know.