Written by Hugh Metcalf

How to create a guest-ready spare bedroom

Expecting a lot of visitors over the festive season? Ensure a warm welcome with these easy style tips to spruce up your guest bedroom.

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The biggest reason that Christmas truly is one of the most wonderful times of the year? We get to spend a lot of time with our family and loved ones. However, if yours are scattered all over the country (or even further afield), then a good guest bedroom is key to a happy and harmonious festive period.

Your spare room may not get much attention most of the year, as you use it less than the other spaces in your home, but in the run-up to Christmas, why not take a little time out to show your guest space some love? Here are our style rules and favourite decorating ideas for creating a fabulous home from home for your visitors.

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 will help guests feel welcome and make them more comfortable spending time in your home – something that’s really important when entertaining for long periods over the festive season. Why not check out the latest AW19 trends and add a few cohesive accessories?

De-clutter the space

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Don’t let your spare room become a dumping ground. Ensure there’s plenty of cupboard space so seasonal or bulky items can be stowed away. Take storage wall to wall. Fitted wardrives in a smart matt grey with flush-handle doors look sleek and streamlined.

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!

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.

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 bedside ottoman. For a hotel-luxe touch, we love these ideas from Garden Trading too – a ladder for hanging towels in the room, a tray-top bedside table for making cups of tea in bed easy and even a luggage rack.


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