Your first concern should not be the aesthetics of the room. While these are important your number one priority should be to ensure that your visitors get a good night’s sleep. If they don’t it won’t matter how pretty their surroundings are!
Check out the mattress. Is it still in good shape? Is it a good quality mattress? Would you be willing to sleep on it?
How good are the bed linens? Keep the sheets simple and layered. Get a good designer look for rock bottom prices by shopping at discount or linen outlet stores. Freshly launder sheets with a light scented or unscented detergent. Add a light weight blanket, and fluffy new pillows. Have extra pillows and blankets available. Limit decorator throw pillows to three. Include a bedside table or desk, an alarm clock or clock radio and a lamp.
Another perk is a comfy chair and ottoman for reading or watching TV. Include a dresser with empty drawers so they can unpack and a closet outfitted with nice hangers. Nice extra touches include a basket with books and magazines and a single cup coffee or tea maker and an attractive cup.
If your guests are sharing a bathroom, provide hand towels, bath towels, a washcloth, a nice bar of soap and individual hair products.
If you are redecorating, new bed linens and drapes make a world of difference. This might be all that is needed. Another quick fix is a fresh coat of paint. Choose something neutral and add color with paintings, throw cushions and/or bedspread. Try mixing and matching by painting three walls and adding a feature wall with striped wallpaper, a mural, or a unique paint technique.
Other amenities that are appreciated by guests include a full-length mirror and a dresser top or bathroom counter top where they can lay out toiletries. A luggage rack or low table on which to put luggage is also a nice addition. Shop for these items at discount stores, second hand stores, or garage sales.
Remember: Your aim is to make your guests feel at home by adding personal touches like a little fridge containing their favorite beverages and a basket of their favorite snacks.