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How To Add Bed and Breakfast Pillows That Impress

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Bed and breakfast pillows can enhance your inn’s decor and impress your guests.  It is possible to completely change the look and feel of a room just by adding or changing its pillows. What was once drab and ho-hum can now become colorful and inviting.

 

 

Of course, there are no official rules for displaying pillows.  If decorating is challenging, find a friend who is great at adding style and have him or her take a tour of the rooms your inn. Then ask for personalized advice and talk pillows! For more inspiration, look in the following places.

 

Look at Home Decorating Magazines:

  • Architectural Digest
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Country Home
  • Country Living
  • Elle Decor
  • House Beautiful
  • Metropolitan Home
  • Real Simple
  • Romantic Homes
  • This Old House
  • Traditional Home
  • Veranda

Watch Home Decorating TV Channels:

  • Fine Living Network
  • Style Network
  • The Learning Channel

 

Visit Bed and Breakfast Websites Listing Award Winners:

  • Bedandbreakfast.com Awards
  • BnBFinder.com Guest Favorite Awards
  • TripAdvisor.com Traveler’s Choice Awards Top 25 B&Bs and Inns

 

Pillows have all different looks, such as:

  • abstract
  • casual
  • classic
  • delicate
  • earthy
  • eye-catching
  • fashionable
  • hand-woven
  • luxurious
  • original
  • playful
  • soft
  • textural
  • traditional
  • ultra-modern
  • whimsical

 

Pillows can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • chenille
  • corduroy
  • cotton
  • faux fur
  • linen
  • outdoor fabric
  • silk
  • suede
  • tapestry
  • velvet
  • wool

 

Details can be added to pillows, like:

  • applique pillows
  • beads
  • embroidered pillows
  • fabric on fabric pillows
  • flocked pillows
  • hand-painted pillows
  • flange pillows
  • fringe trim pillows
  • piping and cording
  • ruffles

 

Pillow Pointers:

  • Use an odd number of pillows on beds, couches, and other furniture
  • Decorate with a variety of shapes and colors of pillows to add more interest
  • Make pillows for your bed out of the same material as a chair in the room
  • Contrast differed textured pillows such as silk and linen
  • Relate pillows (in the same room) to each other by the same palette or style
  • Feel free to add seasonal or holiday pillows depending upon the time of the year

 

One additional place is to look for decorative bed and breakfast pillows is on Pinterest.  I will give you the link to my Bed and Breakfast Blogging Pinterest board called B&B Pillows. Some of the Pinterest pins even show how to DIY pillows.  Happy bed and breakfast pillow decorating!

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Helpful Furniture Buying Tips

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Whether you are just starting your bed and breakfast and need to buy a whole houseful of furniture, or if you just want to add a few pieces of furniture, check out these helpful furniture buying tips!

  • Bring swatches or color samples of furniture, drapes, fabrics, paint or wallpaper that you will need to color match. If swatches aren’t available, take good color pictures & bring them with you.
  • If you are buying furniture for a whole room or your entire bed and breakfast, bring a floor plan of each room (include window, door & ceiling measurements) to help you select furniture with the correct dimensions. Measure other pieces of furniture in the room to ensure that your new furniture will be compatible in scale.
  • If necessary, take hall measurements, door measurements and ceiling measurements. If you are buying furniture that will go upstairs in a two or three story bed and breakfast, bring measurements of the hall and stairway so that you can make sure any furniture that you buy can be carried up your stairway.
  • Decide on the furniture style that you like. You can bring pictures of furniture that you like from your favorite home furnishings magazines.
  • With today’s eclectic styles of decorating, many people use different types and finishes of wood in the same room. Select interesting pieces of furniture that complement each other and reflect your taste.
  • If you have oriental and/or decorative rugs that you will be using, make certain that the fabric that you choose for upholstery will complement the colors and design of your rug.
  • To make small rooms look bigger, select furniture and accessories with colors that closely match the walls and floors. Also, reduce the number of pieces of furniture in the room and add reflective surfaces such as mirrors and glass-top table tops.
  • To make a large room look smaller and more intimate, position furniture away from the wall and use taller pieces such as an entertainment center, armoire or screen. Use rugs, patterned upholstery fabrics and printed wallpaper to give the area a warm and more comfortable feeling.
  • When shopping for upholstered furniture, try to get the facts about the basic construction: springs, frames, padding, cushions and fabric.
  • Always test furniture that will be used for seating by doing just that: sit on it! Consider how well the chair fits your particular body build. The height of the arms, the pitch of the back and the support under your knees should feel right for your body.

Remember these furniture buying tips and have fun shopping. Keep track of your receipts so you can write off the expenses for your bed and breakfast. 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

 

Creative and Fun Decorating Ideas

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You want your bed and breakfast to stand out to your guests and make a great impression.  The following is a list of creative decorating ideas:

 

 

 

  • Keep in mind the geographical location of your bed and breakfast when you choose your color theme.  So if it is near water, you can use a them based on light brown sand, pink seashells and corals, ocean blues, and sunny yellows.  If you are in the mountains or a forested area, you can use colors found in the woods, such as deep greens and cranberry reds.
  • There are many different approaches to decorating your inns’ bedrooms.  For a traditional bed-and-breakfast look, use Victorian-style furniture.  For a cottage-style B&B, put handmade quilts on the bed with matching shams.
  • In order for your decor to flow, keep a consistent period or style decor throughout, varying in color themes only from room to room.
  •  Put natural-finish or painted wicker chairs near the bedroom windows.  Put floral fabric cushions in the chairs and add a matching ottoman.  If your B&B has wicker furniture, it is best to use the same style of wicker seating in the main living area as on the front porch.
  •  Decorate the main living area according to its size.  For an extra large living room, arrange several small groups of chairs.  For a smaller room, place a large couch in front of a fireplace, with a chair on each side.  For a relaxed cottage-style look, put loose-fitting canvas slipcovers on the furniture.
  • Accessorize with wall art that reflects nature in the area or local artists and artisans. Fill a large empty vase with rocks or shells that you or your guests have collected from the beach, woods or a neighboring lake.  Place skis on the wall like shown in the above picture for artistic flair.

You can get even more creative decorating ideas for home decorating from Better Homes and Gardens and at Pinterest.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography