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The dos and don’ts of decorating a guest room

If you’re lucky enough to have a guest bedroom in your home, you may find yourself at odds when it comes to actually deciding how to decorate it. If you’re redecorating your guest bedroom and aren’t sure how to get it right, just follow these simple do’s and don’t to create a space visitors will love to stay in, any time of the year.

Don’t: leave it cluttered

No-one wants to feel like they’re going to bed in a store room. Therefore, before your guests arrive, it’s best to clear out the easily moveable items that tend to find themselves in guest rooms, such as vacuum cleaners, ironing board and exercise equipment.

This isn’t to say that you can’t use the room for storage. What is important is not to leave it on constant display, unless you particularly want to force your guests to admire your fancy new Dyson. Fitting cabinets, cupboards and other pieces of storage will let you easily hide all these items away. Just make sure you’ve got separate storage for those you’re entertaining to keep their clothes and other items!

Do: make it multifunctional

Unless, you have an abundance of rooms in your home or if you entertain guests most weeks, making your guest room multifunctional is just good sense. Check here for our guide to creating the perfect home office/guest bedroom.

Guest bedrooms can also make great cinema rooms, or fitness rooms (just remember the point above about putting things away before your guest arrives).

If you’re worried about the room becoming too cramped consider utilising a sofa bed — there’s a wide range of exceedingly comfortable ones available these days, that are far superior to the hard, unforgiving versions of old.

Don’t: use bad bedding

Nobody wants to get stuck with, static, itchy or just generally uncomfortable bed linens. If you want your visitors to ever stay with you again, it’s a good idea to scrap the bad bedding. These days good quality bed sets and pillows can be purchased relatively inexpensively, both online or on the high street.

It’s wise to avoid purchasing feather down pillows and duvets, as allergies to these are commonplace and you don’t want to leave your guests to cough and sneeze all night.

Do: give it some character

We spend so much time and effort decorating our homes in a way that is reflective of our households. Unfortunately though, when it comes to the guest bedroom many of us end up creating a space which feels all together….generic. Opting for bland colours, furniture and hastily purchased artwork.

The end result is the creation of a space that feels all together alien from the rest of the home, But remember your guests are not staying in an airport hotel and they would probably prefer a room that did not resemble one.

Give your guests a real taste of your personality. Fill it with artworks you love, ornaments and items relating to hobbies or interests of your household.

Don’t: use unharmonious colours

There can be a temptation when decorating a room you won’t be sleeping in to go for heavy or powerful colour schemes using colours like reds and purples. However, such palettes have been proven to inhibit sleep, so they’re best avoided for bedrooms, even ones that will only occasionally be inhabited.

Pastels and neutral colours are all good choices. Go for something softer on the eye, but don’t think that has to mean boring. There is a wide range of slumber suitable shades out there to choose from. If you want to wallpaper the room, then don’t pick anything too busy.

Do: give it ample lighting

Good lighting is important for any room. Think about how anyone uses a bedroom, aside from the main overhead light, for which a pendant will suffice, you also want a selection of ambient lighting options, at least one of which should be controllable from the bed.

Splash out a few couple of extra pounds and go for LED bulbs over CFL varieties. They come in a wide range of light hues allowing you to tailor the colouring of the light given off. They also use up to 90% less energy than CFL bulbs and could last for as long as 25 years.

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