Guest rooms are often the neglected room in the house. After all, your guest room is probably a room you hardly ever go into. But creating a comfy guest room will make your visitors feel more relaxed and will make your home feel bigger – you can use the room when you don’t have guests as an extra living space or study and by adding a bit of style create a room that you actually want to spend time in. Here are a few ideas for ways to transform your guest bedroom…

Paint it white

You can’t go wrong with white. White walls, ceilings and floors make a room look elegant and put-together and you’re guaranteed that whatever furniture and soft furnishings you choose, they won’t clash.

Add low maintenance plants

Nothing makes a guest room look more neglected than dead plants. But it’s easy to forget about them. Go for very low maintenance plants like succulents or cacti. You can forget to water these hardy little guys for weeks and they’ll stay green.

Upcycle an old suitcase

What better upcycling inspiration for a guest room than a suitcase? Upcycle an old suitcase (you can pick these up at car boots sales or antiques markets for a few pounds) or just stack three on top of each another to make a low side table or handy storage at the foot of the bed.

Theme your decor

Continue the travel theme with some decorations all about journeys and travelling. This will give your guest room a chic hotel-like feel and mark it out as a dedicated room for visitors.

Install a hanging rail

Quick and easy clothing storage like an exposed or hanging rail are ideal for a guest room. If your guests are only coming for a flying visit, they probably won’t want to unpack into a cupboard or chest of drawers, but giving them a handy place to hang their coat and hat (and pajamas!) is a nice touch.

Don’t forget the mirror

Mirrors are a great way to make a room lighter and brighter. Adding one to your guest room will also double up as a practical choice – no more queue for the bathroom as your guests can now do their hair and makeup back in their own room!

Get smart with storage

Cute hanging baskets like this are perfect for guest rooms. You can use them to store towels or even miniature toiletries for an elegant, thoughtful touch.

Add hidden space savers

Is your guest room also a messy storage room? Liberate your guests from your clutter by hiding it in secret storage spaces like these cleverly designed under-bed drawers.

Show them you care

Flowers are a great way to make your guests feel welcomed. You don’t need to go all out with a huge bouquet; a single stem in a small vase adds less-is-more glamour. And if that seems like too much hassle, you can get extremely lifelike silk flowers online.

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