Your guest room should always flow with the rest of the rooms in your house but it should be toned down slightly for a nice stay for visitors too. Decorating your guest room should be all about striking the perfect balance between your space and your visitor’s space. Decorating your guest room should come at a fraction of the cost of the other rooms in your house. This is a room that needs to be relaxing and special for visitors, but let’s face it, this is probably the room in your house that your own family uses least and can even often become a bit of a junk room, tidied up only in the days before your guests arrive. With a little care, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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It’s all about the bedding

The one aspect of your guest room that you might want to spend a little more on is the bedding. When guests are over, this room won’t get used too often except for sleeping and relaxing in so bedding should be the focus of the space. Invest in good quality bedding and your guests will be thanking you! If you have guests frequently or even somewhat infrequently, this bedding is likely to get washed more often than the other bedding in the house as it will need to be washed after every stay. By investing in high quality linens now, you’ll save yourself some serious money in the long run.

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Keep it organised

For many of us with guest rooms, when visitors aren’t staying over, the guest room can sometimes become more like a junk room. The room that gets so messy, but unused that we simply shut the door and forget about it until the next guest is due to arrive. In a frenzy we whip up the room a day or 2 before the next visitor. Instead, keep it neatly organised to stop the junk room from appearing. Most guest rooms are used for other purposes as well, like a hobby room for yoga, sewing, etc. or as a makeshift study. Install organised shelving in your cupboards if you haven’t already to tidy away your bits and pieces when guests are staying over. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be tidy. Have a dedicated (all year long free of clutter) shelf, draws or cupboard space for guests to hang up their clothes and put away their valuables.

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Last touches

Now that you have an organised, clutter free guest room it’s time to decorate. Don’t go overboard with the family pictures and personal items in the guest room. This should be a sanctuary for your guests. Instead, decorate sparsely and simply with luxe linens, pastel or neutral coloured throws, pillows and curtains. Give your room that final touch by adding a few interesting décor items and pops of colour. Keep it cheap by buying décor used instead of new. Remember, it’s all about the bedding for your guests, having a dedicated area for them and then decorating with mostly neutral, relaxing tones, while adding a few pops of colour with your décor to add a little whimsy.

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