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Turning a guest room into a luxury hotel-like experience

When you finally move into that dream home, the extra space you’ve longed for can be a burden as much as it is a blessing, and many people fail to consider the extra cleaning and organising that is required when compared with a smaller house. Extra empty rooms can gather dust and attract clutter, all without serving a purpose – but with a few clever tips and some tasteful choices in décor, that extra space can be transformed into the spare room of your dreams.

Giving house guests that luxury hotel experience all whilst in the comfort of your own home, all it takes is some stylish décor, some well-chosen furniture and a few tasteful accents. You could even make it into a profitable business by letting it as an Airbnb space – after all, it’s certain to be a space you’ll want to show off.

Unsure how to take your empty space from bland and boring to the luxury bedroom of dreams? These simple tips are all you need to get started.

Create an ensuite bathroom and equip it with the finest amenities and functions

Before your guests arrive, make sure their ensuite bathroom is sparkling and ready to be used

Ensuite bathrooms are common in larger houses, but guest rooms are less likely to have the privilege of a private bathroom. Even so, you can easily have one put in, and doing so can elevate your guest space to an opulent room that promises the utmost in comfort and relaxation.

When it comes to achieving that decadent feel, it’s all about those high-end fixtures and fittings. A free-standing, claw-foot bathtub is the ultimate show-stopper, and will look impressive sitting in the centre of a spacious bathroom. Visit Tap Warehouse for some elegant taps and bathroom cabinets, and you’ll have a space that is perfect for guests to unwind in.

Of course, that luxury hotel experience doesn’t end with the space itself, and thick, high-quality towels and robes, along with some of the finest bottled toiletries, will all help to create the feel you’re looking to achieve. Often, it’s the smallest things that make a big difference, and a sumptuous bathroom is no exception.

Before your guests arrive, make sure the bathroom is sparkling and ready to be used. If the room is usually left untouched, it’s important to occasionally run the taps and shower to get some water into the drains. Leaving them unused for too long will result in the evaporation of water sitting in the drains – potentially leading to a dry p-trap, which allows nasty gases to come back up the drain and fill the guest room with an unpleasant smell.

Adding an ensuite bathroom to your toilet can be quite a challenge, but if you’re willing to speak to a designer or contractor then it can be a rather simple build to manage. It’s a dramatic change, but one that will add no end of value and appeal to guests.

Offer maximum storage and productivity space for your guests

Invest in maximising the amount of storage space in your guest bedrooms by introducing extra wardrobe sections, under-bed storage and even overhead storage in cabinets

Invest in maximising the amount of storage space in your guest bedrooms by introducing extra wardrobe sections, under-bed storage and even overhead storage in cabinets. There’s a good chance that unused guest bedrooms have been filled with old linen and clothes that haven’t been used for a while, so it’s worth clearing out storage units and giving them a good wipe down to remove any traces of dust. Pack your own linen and old clothes into personal storage, then leave the cupboards and wardrobes clear for when your guests plan to visit.

Your visiting guests will have clothes and other belongings of their own to store, so providing them with the means to do so in a neat and convenient fashion will make their lives easier as well as yours. A few high-quality coat hangers in your wardrobes can come in very handy for dresses, jackets and coats, while shoe racks and boxes will make it easier to store footwear out of the way.

Meanwhile, providing some extra pillows and blankets in your cupboards or wardrobes, much like how a hotel does, will ensure that guests have all they need for a warm and comfortable stay. Show that you have thought of the finer points of their stay, and you are bound to be rewarded with grateful comments and good reviews online.

It’s relatively easy and inexpensive to add some extra storage space to your guest room, but the key to getting it just right is ensuring that it fits in seamlessly with the overall decor theme. Too many extra shelves and cupboards can seem out of place and make the room feel cluttered, while a clash in styles of furniture can easily ruin a carefully curated space, so try to consider the room as a whole before impulse buying a piece that might not work with the theme.

Provide self-contained amenities that help your guests relax

Adding a couple of extra power sockets to ensure guests can use all of their electronic devices with ease is also a wise move

Most guest rooms will rely on the rest of the house in some way or another – and heating, air conditioning and hot water can rarely be controlled independently. Make this a priority, however, and guest are bound to feel more relaxed and comfortable during their stay. It’s all about making them feel special, and that includes giving them things their way.

Consider installing a thermostat or heating system that is used exclusively by the guest room itself. This means adding a personal thermostat and air conditioning unit for the guest room so that visitors can manually control the temperature according to their liking.

Adding a couple of extra power sockets to ensure guests can use all of their electronic devices with ease is also a wise move. If possible, add a wireless internet switch to the room, too, as this will ensure that the guest room gets excellent internet connectivity off your main network. Setting this up might require a bit of networking knowledge, so you may want to speak to your internet service provider or a specialist to help you. Doing so will guarantee that the WiFi you provide guests with is up to speed – and not frustratingly slow because the router is in another part of the house.

Inviting visitors into your home isn’t just about the way it looks, but the way it functions, too. Get that bit right, and you can be sure they’ll keep coming back for more.

Planning the perfect decor arrangement for your guest bedroom

Getting your décor just right is the key to creating a positive first impression, and speaks volumes about your own sense of taste

Once you have facilities and functionality down to an art, there’s only one thing left to consider. Getting your décor just right is the key to creating a positive first impression, and speaks volumes about your own sense of taste.

You can either take a similar approach to the rest of your home and opt for similar shades and tones, or go for a complete contrast and give it its own clear identity. The latter is a great tactic for making guests feel special when they visit – it’s like stepping into an entirely different space, and one they can have all to themselves. Opting for a completely separate decor theme can often offer better results for those wanting to create a highly unique and luxurious experience for each guest, too – giving them a stay that is memorable for all the right reasons.

Even so, if the thought of starting entirely from scratch feels like an insurmountable task, then working with what you already have and perfecting it is the next best approach. Try adding some floral decor to an otherwise plain room to make it a little more interesting, update the space with some high-quality furniture, sand and polish ageing floorboards and fix and paint over any cracks or areas of faded colour.

There are many unique decor touches that you can add to your guest room, and it’s important to consider all the options available to you so that nothing looks like an afterthought. However, get it just right and you’ll have visitors queueing up to get their fill of your luxurious home hotel experience – no expense spared.