Although we’ll now be allowed to mix households around Christmastime, lots of people are realising that they’d rather stay in a ‘support bubble’ with family rather than risk getting a hotel room over that period. That means that lots of people are now having to either spruce up their spare room or start decorating a guest bedroom from scratch. Considering that stores are still closed, that can get a little tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get there.
Keep Things Simple
As a general rule of thumb, a guest bedroom is not the place to start experimenting with extreme maximalism or circus-inspired décor. Whilst it definitely doesn’t have to be bland, it should be somewhere that any guest will feel relaxed and comfortable enough to sleep, so keep to neutral tones and don’t overcrowd the space.
Start With the Bed
Before you get too carried away worrying about anything else, make sure you’ve at least got the very basics- that means somewhere for your guests to sleep. There are plenty of options for doing this online without breaking the bank, but we’d specifically recommend getting an ottoman bed or something with a storage base, because that means you don’t have to worry about making space for anything you might have already had in the guest room. Plus, once you have the right bed you can start to fill in the rest of the room around it.
This will depend entirely on what you already have to hand- at a bare minimum, you’ll need a bed and a wardrobe. If those are things you’ve already got and you feel the need to add more you might also want to consider bedside tables or a desk to make the place feel cosier. If you can’t get to the shops or don’t have the time to go shopping for the best pieces, there are lots of great online options that will deliver directly to your door- if you can’t see them in person first to make sure they match, it’s a good idea to get them all in the same neutral colour.
Whilst you should definitely take our earlier advice about not doing anything extreme, little details will be what ultimately makes the space feel like a home- even touches as simple and inexpensive as some matching throw pillows or a nice candle will do wonders for the room. Another great way to add warmth is to make sure that the room has layers of texture
If you’re having loved ones over for the holidays, a great way of making a room feel less empty is to put some festive decorations up- a small tree or garland is a great way to make them feel a little more like they’re spending the holidays at their own home.
If you’ve got the room mostly together, all you have to do is check that your guests have everything they’ll need. Some final touches are really important, like making sure your guests have clean towels and hangers, so make sure to double check for those little things.
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