As well as Santa paying you a visit there’s a good chance that you’ll also be playing host to friends and family during the festivities. And with only a few weeks until Christmas Day (how did that happen?), now is the time to get your home prepped for overnight guests.
Don’t panic, it doesn’t have to be a hassle and with a bit of advance planning, you can make sure your home is ready to offer a warm welcome to any visitor.
Here are our experts’ top tips and tricks:
Quick fixes for a spare bedroom
Difficulty: Pretty simple
Time: Between half an hour to half a day
De-clutter – Embrace the spirit of the season and donate any unwanted items to your favourite charity.
Space for clothes – No one likes to live out of a suitcase, so make your guests feel at home by creating somewhere for them to hang their clothes. If you don’t have room in a wardrobe, we suggest a clothes rail or even some lovely hooks and gorgeous padded coat hangers will be much appreciated for their (sometimes questionable) choice of Christmas knitwear.
A vase of fresh flowers, a few trimmings of holly and winter berries or a warm spiced candle like this one from John Lewis, (£15) will add a festive touch to their room and only takes minutes to achieve.
Even quicker fixes for a hotel-like feel
Time: A few minutes
Everyone loves that ‘fresh sheet feeling’ so give your guests a treat with clean, crisp bed linen. Opt for a plain snowy white or neutral set to suit everybody and dress the bed with some colourful cushions to add interest. We love this hotel standard duvet cover from Dunelm Mill, (£29.99) Don’t forget to include a soft knitted throw or faux fur to cuddle up to on colder nights.
Include a little box for them full with all of the essentials for their stay (such as toothpaste), you can even include a little welcome note that includes the wifi password and family shower schedules (if you’re that organised)!
Fold fresh white towels at the end of their bed for a welcoming touch.
Larger projects for spare bedrooms
Difficulty: A little challenging
Time: Half a day
Your spare room is a brilliant place for embracing bolder design choices you love yet are nervous about. As this is a room often only used on an occasional basis, it’s a great opportunity to get creative. If you’ve got the time and inclination try a statement wallpaper or a vibrant new colour scheme.
Here are a few bolder ideas to get you inspired:
1. Feature wall – Painting one wall in a contrasting shade gives a room focus and personality. The classic golden tone of Dutch Gold 2 looks great as a feature wall shade behind the bed, you can also carry this warm and cosy tone to window recesses for an extra pop of colour. For more feature wall ideas read 3 Striking Feature Wall Ideas.
2. Floating shelves – installing shelves can be a great solution for small spaces lacking in storage. Freeing up coveted floor space.
3. Paint effect headboard – Even the simplest of beds can be dressed up and given a little ‘wow’ factor. Impress guests with a quirky paint effect headboard such as this example above in White Mist and Sapphire Salute. It’s simpler than it looks, you can just follow our tutorial step-by-step video and get the masking tape out!
Guest bedroom colour schemes
The guest bedroom is often the smallest room in the house, so sometimes adding a little light and airy lift works wonders to its aesthetics.
Blue tones will create a soothing and tranquil surrounding, perfect for unwinding on Christmas eve ahead of the following festivities. A dreamy blue that we really love this season is Celestial Cloud 5.
A lovely light organic feeling neutral that complements Celestial Cloud 5 beautifully would be Dusted Moss 4. This shade has an ever so light undertone of green, resting harmoniously with pale blues.
Using these two colours in sync with one another and bringing metallic accents through in accessories such as this copper ceiling light shade from Made.com (£29) and this copper photo frame from Dunelm Mill, (£4.99) is sure to suit everybody’s taste and still adds enough interest to the room.
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If you don’t have a spare bedroom
Difficulty: Not too difficult
Time: Half an hour
If you’re hosting guests in spaces such as your living room or study, it’s time to get a little creative. The easiest solution is opting for a multi-functional sofa bed. We love this beautiful Halston sofa bed from Made.com, (£699).
Make the room as cosy as possible by having a look around the house for other pieces of furniture you can re-purpose. A hallway console table can easily become a dressing table, or a stool or side table can transform into a bedside table. Add a table lamp for bedtime reading close to their bedside so they don’t have to find their way in the dark from the main light switch to their bed!