Posted: Thursday, 11 February 2016 @ 11:29
A conservatory is a versatile room and can make a beautiful dining room, reading room or home office to name a few. But it can also make a lovely guest room when designed right, which is why we’ve put together this article on how to style the conservatory as a welcoming guest room.
Make it Comfortable
When people are staying over, it’s important to make them feel as comfortable as possible as your guests. You also want to make it seem warm and welcoming – which can be tricky in the cooler months. Our first styling tip is choosing the right furniture. With a guest room conservatory, the room will have a double use so you’re best off opting for a sofa bed or a futon which doubles up as a bed and a seating area. Before buying, make sure you test out the comfort of the bed so your guests will be able to get a good night’s sleep. Each morning, you’ll want to put the bed upright again so everyone can enjoy the conservatory together.
Let There Be Light (When You Want it)
There are some downsides to choosing a conservatory for your guest room. As there is a lot of glass, it can be difficult to control the light streaming through the windows and the roof. This can cause problems during summer if you don’t have adequate blinds, so it’s good to ensure you have specialist conservatory blinds, perhaps even blackout blinds so your guests are not disturbed. In winter you’ll have different challenges, such as keeping the room warm enough.
Your conservatory may not offer the same level of privacy as an upstairs bedroom, so it’s your job to make the room feel as safe and private as possible. This includes closing all doors downstairs and trying not to enter the rooms adjacent to the conservatory while your guests are sleeping. Blinds could be used on the internal door as well as the external door, but make them light and pretty.
Don’t forget the extra little finishing touches for any guest bedroom – fresh flowers, candles, throws etc. This will show your guests you’ve gone the extra mile to make them feel welcome. You can also add a reading light into the room to help them wind down in the evening, and choose an extra soft bedspread to make their stay even more enjoyable.
Follow these styling tips and your conservatory will rival any guest room at a B&B!