If the in-laws are headed to town, and stashing them in a hotel just seems tacky, consider putting them up in your newly remodeled guest room. Traditionally an expensive and tedious undertaking, creating a fresh and comfy guest retreat can be an easy weekend DIY project. Take a look at our tips for furnishing a guest room in your house for next to nothing—in 5 easy steps!
Color: The color scheme of your room can really set the tone for the stay. While it may be tempting to pick your favorite palette for the room, it’s best to keep a room gender neutral, suggests Michelle Jennings of MJD Designs. "If you want to include something from nature, go with a botanical print wall art as opposed to floral wall paper. Keep away from pastels when choosing a paint color."
Layer Your Look: In addition to having a balance in color, texture and lighting can keep the mood right in any guest room. Michelle agrees that it’s important to make sure there is proper lighting at different levels. "Good lighting makes anyone look and feel good." You can take that thinking one step further by adding "layers of texture in the forms of window treatments and fabrics on bedding and pillows."
The Basic Bed: Tasha Moody, President of Simply Staged, has a fabulous tip for keeping a bed purchase from getting expensive. "Rather than buy the full headboard, footboard, side rails, simply purchase a $25 bed frame and dress the bed with an inexpensive bed-in-a-bag from Marshalls, Ross or TJ Maxx," she advises. "Be sure to prop the pillows up against the wall with the shams in front, giving the bed a sort of headboard look!"
Proper Furnishings with a Modest Price Tag: Tasha shares another shortcut for giving your houseguests the convenience of nightstands, without the expense: "Use end tables instead - Target often has attractive walnut-toned tables for as little as $15. Pop a simple lamp on each and consider their accessorizing complete!" Who can argue with that?
The Details: Small touches really make the room complete, and Interior Designer Diana Hathaway Timmons (www.dhtimmons.com) has just the right advice: "Once you have your guest room decorated, it's time to add those little touches that make a stay memorable. I always include books, magazines, fresh flowers, fluffy towels, chocolates, and local postcards with stamps and a pen for addressing, local attraction brochures, and perhaps even an electric teapot with a selection of teas."
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