Many of us travel over the Christmas period. Some of us take a holiday and some of us stay with family and friends. Chances are if it’s not you doing the travelling, then you’re playing host.
Thinking about my own travels this year has given me all sorts of flashbacks to awkward sleepovers. Granted most of them weren’t pre-planned and normally followed a, “Don’t worry about getting a taxi, you can stay” moment. All the same, sleeping on the sofa isn’t fun. Neither is sleeping in your friend’s little sister’s bedroom surrounded by teddy bears and cuddly rabbits.
So if you’re lucky enough to have a spare room floating around (maybe you use it to hide your clutter!) we’ve got some spare room decorating ideas to inspire you as it’s definitely worth giving it a makeover to make your guests feel at home.
Spare room decorating ideas and advice
What colour should you pick?
The most important thing to get right is the colour scheme. If you’ll only ever be entertaining females, then it might be fine to pick a light pink to work with. If you’re likely to have males and females at different points, then you should plump for a gender-neutral colour scheme like a cream and brown mix. Brown isn’t boring when done well.
There are little touches which can make a neutral colour come into its own – like throws and cushions. These will make your room look elegant and carefully thought through and your guest will love you for the extra warmth if it’s chilly!
What do you really need?
As with any room in your home, there are essential and non-essential items. Besides a bedside table, a bedside lamp is one of the must-haves, as your guest may not drop off to sleep straight away. Many people like to read before they sleep and younger children may like a bit of light for comfort. The main light will more often than not be too bright for a good night’s sleep.
Likewise, hangers in wardrobes are always needed, especially over Christmas when we all like to look our best. You won’t be thanked if that beautiful dress or suit needs ironing the morning after a late night.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, it’s worth imagining what you see as home comforts and mentally go through your bedroom routine. If you only have one bathroom, a mirror would be a great investment. Your plans with your guest may be delayed if he/she is waiting to adjust their hair in the bathroom mirror.
If you do decide to purchase a mirror, a full-length one would be the best option. That way your guest can do a full check of their appearance. You know it’s true, even the least vain person likes a quick glance!
What’s the most common mistake?
Believe it or not, the biggest mistake you can make is something that appears harmless. Including photographs of your family and friends in photo frames and wall art can be a big no-no. A friend can feel like an outsider looking at family photos and he/she may not appreciate looking at Sarah’s photo, if they’re not on the greatest terms.
Images of flowers, full nature scenes or modern art are a much better option. The room will still be homely and you won’t have to worry about upsetting anybody.
Anything extra is up to you but follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.
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