Written by Paisley Tedder

How to create a guest-ready spare bedroom

Getting ready to have guests to stay once again now restrictions have lifted? Make sure your spare room is ready with our advice

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After such a long time without being able to go into others homes, let alone staying over thanks to lockdown restrictions across the UK, we’re all excited to getting back to ‘normal’ and socialising once again.

However, after so long without guests its likely your spare room may have ended up as a dumping ground for other items during lockdown clear outs. Show your guest space some love with these style rules and decorating ideas so your first post-lockdown sleepover is a success.

Create a cohesive scheme

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Pull together a co-ordinated space that feels warm and inviting. Even though it may be unoccupied a lot of the time, it doesn’t mean the spare bedroom shouldn’t be up to scratch. A well thought out scheme can make all the difference for your guests feeling welcome, especially if they’re staying for more than one night.

De-clutter the space

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Make sure any lingering remnants of the rooms time as a dumping ground are long gone before your guests arrive. There is nothing worse than arriving somewhere only to find beds covered in clothes hangers, stacks of books on the floor, or similar. Opt to include houseplants in the room for a comforting, botanical vibe instead and minimalist artwork.

A stripped back minimalist space is better to ensure guests have plenty of space for their luggage, and can make the room feel like their own for the duration of their stay.

Go with guest-friendly finishes

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Keep the floor space clean and clear with easy-care wood or vinyl under foot rather than carpet. Spills and breakages inevitably happen in your home, but making sure there is nothing too precious in the guest room is a good way to avoid any awkward incidents! Also, extra additions like blankets and mirrors or plug sockets are always welcome to ensure your guest have a comfortable stay.

Read more: How to get the boutique hotel look at home

Create a bold look

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Whether using a daring colour combo or bold accessories, the spare bedroom is the perfect place to be a little more adventurous. A more exciting scheme will give guests the ‘wow-factor’, making their stay even more special. We love the pairing of cream with sunshine yellow to add a vibrant punch to the room. Yellow is always welcoming so your guests will feel at home right away.

Add extra storage

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Work-in additional storage so guests have somewhere to hang clothes and keep belongings – think an extra hanging rail, over-door clothes rack or even divan style drawers under the bed!

When are you first welcoming guests to stay? Tweet us @goodhomesmag, or post a comment on our Facebook page!

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