Most people have a guest room in their homes, if they have the space for it. The trouble with guest rooms is that they don’t always get regular use, and pretty quickly, they can turn into store rooms instead. You know the feeling; you have something that should go up into the attic, but you don’t have the time to do it then and there, so you just park it in the guest room ‘for now’. Pretty soon, there’s a mass of stuff that’s built up in the wardrobe and on the bed, and your guest room is no longer ready for that unexpected visitor, and will require a three-hour tidy up before it is.
The key to avoiding this scenario is to be disciplined. Try to treat the guest room as all the other bedrooms – and keep it ready to receive visitors at any time. You can make this easier to achieve by giving it a makeover.
For starters, decide what furniture you want to have in the guest room. You may like the natural beauty of wooden furniture, or you may prefer the finish of painted wooden furniture. There’s a great selection of great furniture from Furnishing Home, both with a natural finish or in a number of different painted finishes.
If you’re looking for bedroom furniture, you won’t be limited to the traditional honey coloured pine of the 1980s and 1990s. You can find a huge array of styles and finishes, both contemporary and traditional.
As well as the bed, decide what other furniture you’d like in your guest room. You’ll only need a small wardrobe and chest of drawers, so you may have room for more individual items like a dressing table or occasional chair. These pieces will give your guest room a personal flavour, so choose them with care.
Once you’ve chosen the furniture, give the walls a fresh coat of paint and buy new curtains and bed linen and you’ll have a guest room that your visitors will love staying in.