When it comes to home decorating the spare room is often the last room to be worked on and can sometimes be neglected in the style stakes. If you’ve blown your budget on the rest of the house and have limited funds left for the guest room, don’t worry, making your guests feel welcome and comfortable isn’t necessarily expensive.
It’s a good idea to keep the feel of your room quite neutral – so steer away from any strongly masculine or feminine prints and fabrics and instead go for something simple and relaxing. This doesn’t mean you have to play it safe with neutral colours, by all means experiment with some block colouring. However, do bear in mind you are likely to have visitors for special occasions and these often involve alcohol, so you may want to avoid any garish shades which are unlikely to hurt your guest’s head when the morning sun starts shining through the windows.
The bed is likely to be the key component of your guest room. It’s nice to go as large as the room will comfortably fit without taking up all the space in the room. It can be tricky to buy a bed which others will use as everyone has their own personal preferences, but try and buy the best you can afford and test it out for comfort yourself and don’t feel limited when it comes to size either. Buying a quality double bed might cost less than you think; especially if you buy from retailers with a large range such as http://www.time4sleep.co.uk/. Select something which complements the theme of the room and consider choosing a model with built in storage to provide somewhere for your guests to unpack.
Keeping furniture to a minimum in a guest room not only saves cash but allows more space for your guests and their things. However you will want to include the basics such as a wardrobe and a bedside table. Place a lamp on the table in case they need to get up during the night. A TV is not expected in the spare room, particularly as you should be entertaining your guests, but you may want to leave a few books or magazines on the bedside table, which may also incorporate a drawer for their personal items. Don’t forget to remove your personal items too so that they don’t feel as if they are intruding, for more details on this, see: http://www.suite101.com/.
Finally, although guests are unlikely to expect five start treatment or finishing touches which you might find in a hotel such as mini shampoos and shower gel, you should at the very least supply a freshly laundered towel for guests. Leave these out on a chair or at the bottom of the bed for arrival.