When building your dream home, remodeling or simply redecorating, one of the most satisfying projects and most appreciated spaces you can create is an ultimate guest suite. Through the years, you will surely come to appreciate this well-planned space as your family grows and your needs change. As we see more and more multi-generational homes, mother-in-law suites also become exceptionally important. Here are twelve tips to help you achieve a wonderfully welcoming guest suite.
1. Design for Simplicity
Though it may sound counter-intuitive to suggest simplicity is key when creating the ultimate guest suite or mother-in-law suite, the most successful of these projects are indeed designed for simplicity in room layout, furnishings, and decor. Separate the space into well-defined areas for sleeping, lounging, entertaining, meal prep, and a private bath, of course. Allowing for lots of room to move about freely will make any space seem more spacious and comfortable. Think of that incredible hotel suite you’ve stayed in and how you seemed to have all the amenities of home.
2. Use Calming Color
With so many gorgeous neutral hues to choose from, calming color palettes are anything but boring. Soft grays, taupes, blues, and beiges in both solid colors and a mix of patterns can be interesting and soothing at the same time. Blue is a serene color while adding a bit of flair to an otherwise neutral room. Accent with vivid pops of color with fresh flowers, toss pillows, and artwork for a bit of freshness.
3. Add a Kitchenette
Creating a luxury kitchen on a small scale doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. You will find many of your favorite high-end appliance brands offer slimline refrigerators, wall ovens and ranges, plus dishwasher drawers and lots of other space-saving options—the same high-end features you expect, just smaller in size. If space does not allow for a kitchenette, consider adding a microwave, minifridge, and small freestanding cabinet.
4. Furnish a Well-Stocked Bar Cart with Coffee, Water & Libation
One of the most thoughtful additions to your ultimate guest suite is a beautifully appointed and well-stocked cart offering water, juice and the ability to make hot beverages. Guests often hesitate to ask for refreshments because they don’t want to be a bother. Thirst can strike at inconvenient times like the middle of the night, so having easy access to cold and hot drinks will be appreciated. A carafe filled with water and a glass by the bedside are also nice touches.
5. Soothe with Scents
Natural, barely-there scents can help create that relaxing atmosphere you’re going for in your new guest space. Choose light, not overpowering, scents, and be sure to ask those who will be staying in the suite if they have any allergies so you can avoid those ingredients in your choice of scents.
6. Comfort with Luxurious Bedding
Nothing pampers like luxury bedding, so add high thread count sheets and the most beautiful and comfortable bedding you can find. Remember to keep the look simple but sumptuous. Be sure to fit the mattress with a feather or thick cotton fill mattress pad for ultimate in plush sleeping. Lots of plump pillows with crisp cases are a must.
7. Create a Beautiful Bath
When it comes to creating the bath for your mother-in-law suite, consider both form and function. Choose beautiful fixtures and finishes, at the same time remembering the needs of those who will be using the room. For instance, it might be wise to add a large walk-in shower in addition to that gorgeous tub you’re dreaming of. Add plenty of gorgeous thick, soft towels and bathmats.
8. Let There Be Light
Lighting is an essential element in any space. In your guest suite, lighting can make the difference between having a beautiful room and an extraordinary one. Beautiful light fixtures such as an appropriately sized chandelier or hanging pendant in the center of the room provide a warm glow, while bedside lamps or wall lights work well for reading in bed. Of course, table lamps should be added to the sitting area and perhaps on the chest of drawers or dresser.
9. Plan for Easy Connectivity
Guests of all ages require a spot to charge phones, tablets, or laptops. Access to the internet is also a must-have for most folks these today, so consider how you will make your wireless network available or even add a separate wireless router for your guest suite. Digital devices are not just a convenience anymore; they’re often considered a necessity, so a charging station and wireless access will be appreciated and will perhaps eliminate undue stress for your guests.
10. Provide Luxurious Touches
We’ve already talked about luxury bedding, but you’ll want to provide other luxe touches like cozy throws, beautiful wall art and a thoughtfully arranged basket of personal items like hand creams and lotions for the bedside and soaps or body washes for the shower and travel-size versions of other personal care items. Think of all those special touches you would receive in an upscale boutique hotel and how they make your stay feel a bit decadent.
11. Lavish with Lounge Furniture
Create an ultra-comfortable and inviting sitting area with a loveseat, lounge chairs and stylish, but functional coffee and accent tables. If space is an issue, consider placing a small loveseat at the foot of the bed with a small table set atop a decorative rug in front to offer the illusion of a separate sitting area.
12. Access to the Outdoors
Creating a lush plant-filled patio, deck, or balcony outside your guest suite will add extra space and a place for relaxation. Guests can enjoy the view from inside or with easy access, go outside to read or enjoy a cup of coffee or a tall refreshing drink.