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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.