Get guest ready: 7 steps to transform your spare bedroom

With the holidays fast approaching, we'll be opening our doors to visiting family and friends. Get your guest bedroom ready for the festive season and beyond, by giving it a fresh hotel-style makeover, for a space you'll enjoy as much as your guests will. Guest bedrooms often tend to be unloved spaces, compiled of a mix and match of unwanted furniture from other rooms. But with just a few thoughtful style tips, you can recreate that relaxing ambiance that instantly welcomes you in a boutique hotel.

Choose a soothing colourway

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Whether you'll be playing host to your parents or welcoming nieces and nephews for a sleepover, you want to choose a colour scheme that is versatile and neutral, that will encourage a relaxing nights' sleep for every guest. This doesn't mean you have to stick to a palette of beige. You can choose muted shades of duck egg, blue or soft teal for a cool and calming space, or create a soft retreat with paint in dusky rose or a blush-toned taupe, which will add interest to walls.

Seek symmetry

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To elevate your space from a dull guest bedroom to a hotel-style suite, use symmetry to get that designer look. Bookend beds with matching side tables and task wall lights and match cushions and throws on either side of the bed. If your space is symmetrical it will create an air of calm, perfect for winding down in the evenings, as well as looking clean, organised and harmonious.

Pick your bed

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The main staple of any beautiful boutique hotel room is a chic, statement bed. Whether you choose a glamorous upholstered frame with wingback headboard that will shroud your sleeping space from daylight, a statement wooden sleigh bedstead that would look apt in a luxury country retreat or a comfortable sofa bed or daybed that will work for rooms that need to double up as home offices.

Add an ottoman

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Adding an ottoman to the foot of the bed will give your room that put-together hotel look. Choose either a storage ottoman, to provide guests with extra throws for chilly evenings, an elegant chaise for somewhere to put shoes on or a simple upholstered bench that will add interest in the form of colour or print, pulling together and anchoring your scheme.

Sort out storage

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Slimline storage works great in guest bedrooms, which you can use too to store your summer wardrobe during the winter months. There's no need to waste space on cumbersome drawers or cupboards, just a simple metallic rail or pop-up canvas wardrobe is ideal. To really give it that hotel feel, finish with a few fabric or metal hangers in a on-trend shade of copper.

Create a place to relax

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Never underestimate the importance of creature comforts in a guest bedroom. Creating usable areas in your space will transform it from a sleep-only area to somewhere guests can sit down and relax. A comfortable armchair, plush beanbag or built-in window seat will make the perfect corner for reading, which you can accompany with an elegant floor lamp for added ambiance.

Allocate a dressing area

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To give your guests the best stay possible and to stop manic bathroom wars, introduce a dressing area to your guest room. This doesn't have to be elaborate, a dressing table or desk is ideal, or if your limited on space lean a large floor-length mirror against a wall with a soft pouffe in front they can sit on while getting ready.

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Minè Miralay

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