It’s often the last room we decorate and sadly, many of us end up using it as a temporary storage room. As our guest bedrooms are usually small, they quickly end up feeling cramped, and we end up having to de-clutter the room each time there’s a visitor on their way.
Clever storage solutions is therefore a good place to start when decorating this room. Unless you often have visitors for extended periods of time, there’s no need for chests of drawers or bulky wardrobes. Clearing as much floor space as you can goes a long way to making your room feel larger. Your guests will still need somewhere to put their clothes though and adding one or two foldable luggage racks to your room is a great and stylish solution to this problem. A few hooks on the wall is also a good way to give your guests a place to hang their clothes yet keeping furniture to a minimum.
If you need part of your guest bedroom for your own storage needs, consider utilising the space underneath the bed by getting boxes with wheels or buying a bed that comes complete with under-bed storage.
Natural light will make your room appear larger so make the most of your windows. Choose sheer curtains or those that let through lots of light. Add a roll-down blind for your guests’ comfort. Mirrors will let light travel through the room and make it feel more spacious.
Choose fresh and light colours to make the room appear larger but don’t shy away from wallpaper. As this is a room where you won’t spend lots of time, it’s a good place to be a bit bold. An interesting wallpaper or mural can serve as a headboard but keep it to one wall only or the effect is lost.
Painting the skirting boards the same colour as your wall is another great trick to make your room appear larger.
For your lighting needs, choose lamps with bright-coloured fittings. This will make a great focal point and distract from the size of the room but don’t be tempted choosing an over-sized lamp as this will have the opposite effect on the room. The bed will obviously be the biggest space-consumer in the room so if possible, choose a smaller bed bearing in mind most of your guests will probably only sleep in it for a few nights in a row. Finally, some luxurious bed sheets will make all the difference for a good night’s sleep.