We take great pride in our homes, so it is important that when we have visitors, we make a good and lasting impression. Our resident interior designer, Andy Briggs, offers his advice on how to make the perfect guest bedroom in any house.
"We have all experienced that ‘the house is a mess’ panic that hits just before a visit from our friends or family. Many of us are guilty of neglecting our guest room, we leave it weeks before we give it a proper clean, merely because we never use it! But there are steps to take to ensure the guest bedroom is up to scratch. After all, it can be the social make or break of any home. It will be the space that visitors relax and sleep in, which means it’s the room they will remember you and your house for.
“Try viewing the room through a critical pair of eyes, as if you were the guest yourself. Has it turned into a junk room over the past year? Is it the room where your old chest of drawers lives because it didn’t look great anywhere else? Is the wardrobe still home to all the old clothes you haven’t yet thrown out? If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then it’s time to use some of my guest bedroom ideas and redecorate…Quickly!
“When making a guest bedroom comfortable for company, there are a number of considerations to bear in mind. Firstly, it must be a suitable place to rest in the evening, but it also needs to be a space that belongs to them for the time that they are staying with you. If they sense that they could be intruding on you in some way, then the likelihood is that they will feel instantly uncomfortable.
“You may not have the largest spare room, so creating space, or the illusion of, is a vital element before taking on any of the niceties such as dressing it. The first step is to bite the bullet and clear the room of anything you no longer need. This will create space for the remaining furniture items which can successfully be placed in the room. There are plenty of fitted wardrobe ideas to choose from and if you are lucky enough to have the space, I would recommend a full wall of sliding doors. Whilst this may remove a small proportion of floor area initially, you make up for it in space you save in-front of the wardrobe, as there is no ‘swing space’ required. What’s more, you can easily divide the wardrobe into two, using one side for your excess clothes and the other half kept empty for your guests.
“As with all rooms I would advise against having excess pieces of furniture on display. Creating clutter only takes away valuable floor space, which can make the room less welcoming. Keep items together and tidied away, as so to create calm and tranquillity. Focus on collating and complimenting items, as this is key to a well-designed room!
My top tip and favourite guest bedroom idea:
A decent bed (or sofa bed for those smaller rooms) is obviously the most essential item in the room. It should offer maximum comfort with plenty of pillows, and should be spotless and fresh. Also, get yourself a good duvet. You can pick them up for a relatively cheap cost, and it can create a wealth of warmth and happiness for your guest. A guaranteed tick in the box!
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