It’s one month till Christmas, my friends. I repeat, one month till Christmas. Polly doesn’t understand it’s the season to be jolly of course but if she did she’d be chasing her tail in excitement, right now.
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom (I still pinch myself knowing we have one) it might be time for a seasonal-spruce up for your Christmas guests. Worried about pennies? Never fear! Here’s 10 ideas to turn your spare room into a cosy retreat (for next to nothing) for your merry chums.
1| Change the bedding. Use a set from a different room or simple change the pillow covers for a mis-matched look (this works well with white bedding). To finish, add some extra throw cushions and a cosy throw in case your guests get cold at night.
2| Rearrange the space by moving bedroom furniture or swapping it from another room. I can’t remember how many times I used to do this when I lived at home with my parents; it always gave my bedroom a new lease of life, making me enjoy it more.
3| Personalise the space with photographs and art. I always find guest rooms a little lacking in personality, ours included. I think it’s more important to make your guests feel more at home, rather than making it look like a hotel. I love looking at friends and families photos and art, your guests will too.
4| Add fresh flowers. So simple but oh so effective! Using jam jars or stem vases are a great way to get your money’s worth from a bouquet of flowers or if you’re looking for longevity, buy a plant (or a seasonal Poinsettia).
5 | Keep the bedside table(s) empty. It’s great to personalise the space with your bits and pieces but do keep a small area just for your guests to use and store their valuables. It’s also a good idea to write down the wi-fi password and keep it in a place where your mates can find it.
6| Sort the junk. If your spare room, like ours, has turned into a dumping ground, make sure you give it the once over before your guest arrive (or pass on your unwanted wares to obliging guests!). Charity shops are always in need of goods at this time of year.
7| Open the windows every morning to keep the room smelling fresh and invest in a decent room diffuser to scent the room. Drop some of the oil onto the radiators before your guests arrive to quickly fragrance the room.
8| Create a statement gallery wall. Gather your favourite photographs and art and create a statement wall for an instant makeover that you’ll love too.
9| Embrace the twinkles! Turn off the main lights and instead use the bedside lamp or invest in some Cable and Cotton lights (I love these) to create a cosy and inviting space to go to sleep in.
10| Now you have a room you’re happy with consider what you could do to make the space more useable when guests aren’t around. Add a desk for a craft work space? A wardrobe rail (hello dream-walk in wardrobe)? Or an armchair for a cosy reading retreat?
Are you hosting this festive season? Furniture Village are running a Pinterest competition to win a dining set so you can makeover your dining space too!
Disclosure: Collaborative Post