When suitcase-toting friends and relatives arrive on your doorstep during the holidays, or at any other time of year, it’s good to have a welcoming place to put them, somewhat removed from the fray of everyday life.
“Traveling can be a stressful experience, so it’s nice to offer your guests a place to relax and recharge,” said Sean Anderson, an interior designer based in Memphis. “It’s about being mindful of who your guests are and how they live, so they’re calm and at peace when they’re staying in your home.”
That’s where a well-designed guest room — if you’re fortunate enough to have the space — can make a big difference.
Because guest rooms are used less frequently than other rooms, they can end up being a dumping ground for unwanted furniture or storage boxes. But when you’re expecting visitors, it’s time to clear out the clutter and add a few thoughtful touches.
Heidi Caillier, a designer based in Seattle. “I find people are more open to a wallpaper or print, and making them interesting,” she added, “versus a primary bedroom, where they want it more relaxing.”
In a bedroom in one Connecticut house she designed, Ms. Caillier covered the walls in Fruit wallpaper from Morris & Co., which has a lively pattern of leaves, flowers, pomegranates, peaches and citrus fruit.
Mel Bean, a designer in Tulsa, Okla.