The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year—and the time when your house is likely to be overflowing with guests. If you're hosting overnight guests this holiday season, be sure to prepare ahead of time. Check out these helpful tips on how to give your house a makeover before your visitors get here.
- Isolate: Giving your guests their own space, away from the hustle and bustle of your house, will make them more relaxed. Even if you don't have a designated guest bedroom, allow your guests to sleep away from busy areas of your house, such as the kitchen or entertainment room. If you have to transform a room of your house into a guest bedroom, incorporate decorative screens into your home décor to create more isolation.
- Privacy: "Both guests and hosts do the same thing when they have privacy: They make sense of recent events in their lives and turn their running speed down to idle. They rebuild the energy they need to return and socialize another day. If you can provide your guests with a separate room, they'll be more refreshed, and everyone will get along better," writes Houzz.com contributor Sally Augustin. To retain privacy in a guest room, be sure that the windows are covered with curtains or drapes, allowing your guests to let light in at their liking. Additionally, keep noise down to a minimum to retain acoustic privacy.
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