Style the Perfect Guest Room

Turn your home into a five-star guest retreat with our decorating and hosting tips.

True Style
Prep a great guestroom with Ryan Homes

Maximize Space
Here are our favorite ideas to make the most of that extra room:

Stay the Night

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  • Use a simple and neutral color palette to create a restful environment that won't overwhelm the space.
  • Hang a collection of mirrors on one wall to reflect light and give the illusion of space.
  • If your office does double-duty as a guest room, invest in a daybed instead of a traditional bed.

Say Welcome

  • We try to keep several drawers and a closet empty so our guests can unpack and hang up their clothes.
  • Invest in an inexpensive, fold-up luggage rack (so your guests have a place to put their bags).
  • Place a bouquet of flowers—or just a single bud in a glass—next to the bed.

Creature Comforts

  • Install window treatments that can block morning light.
  • Provide extra towels, sheets, and pillows so your guests don't have to ask.
  • Install a reading lamp next to the bed, with a selection of local magazines or books—so they can explore on their own.

Spa Touches

  • Win host of the year and offer your guests a clean terry robe (no one likes to come out of the bathroom in just a towel).
  • Keep a small water carafe and glass in the room.
  • Offer a basket of toiletries, with items such as toothpaste, a new toothbrush, a fresh bar of soap, makeup remover, and Q-tips.

Ryan Homes Tip:
If you're really gung-ho about your guests, slip a piece of chocolate on their pillow before bedtime. But be careful, they may never want to leave.