Expecting company this Christmas? You might want to give that spare room a little love. From the warmest winter duvets to decoration ideas, it’s all about creating a cosy space for guests to retreat from the flurry of festivities. Just don’t do anything you can’t reverse come January...

Bedroom

Sleeping solutions

The best guest bedroom ideas start with the basics. Fresh sheets are a must, and a high tog winter duvet will keep toes toasty. Beyond the no brainers, consider bed linen in soft, tonal shades – it’s so easy to mix and match and will feel wonderfully restful. The ultimate final check? Take a test run and spend the night in the spare room.


More sleeping ideas

  1. We’ve all got our pillow preferences, so it’s probably best to err on the side of cosy overload and just pile ‘em up. Take note of any allergies too – guests might be sensitive to feather and down options.
  2. Don’t sacrifice floor space with a second tree – decorate the bed instead. A simple garland run along a headboard is so effective, as are a cluster of baubles hung with ribbon from a picture hook above.

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Bed throws

Festive and functional

Forget that fancy stack of neatly folded towels tied with a ribbon - come frosty nights, guests would rather a pile of cosy throws at arm’s reach. There’s plenty to choose from, so have fun with festive prints like tartan and fair isle or opt for Scandi-inspired chunky knits (after all, cuddle-factor is what’s really key).


More practical ideas

  1. If you’ve got a set of miniatures collected from trips abroad (or hotels – we won’t tell), this is their time to shine. Extras like cotton buds, ear plugs and an eye mask will complete your mini vanity kit.
  2. If your guests are staying for multiple nights, consider clearing out some space in that cupboard (bear with us). They’ll appreciate a chance to unpack and keep luggage out of sight - no one likes living out of a suitcase.

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Candles

Meet the mood-setters

Once you’ve ticked off the practical bits, consider the sensory appeal of your set up. Seasonal scents like cinnamon, orange blossom and frankincense can be so evocative come Christmas. Try arranging metallic votives with garlands, baubles and candlesticks for a high-impact festive display – just don’t forget to leave matches. Nothing beats candlelight, but festive fairy lights come a close second and will wow little guests.


More mood-setting ideas

  1. Swap spring-fresh flowers for a vase filled with winter foliage like eucalyptus, fir or mistletoe. Feeling creative? Add some colour with red winter berries, pinecones, feathers - whatever you fancy.
  2. For quieter moments amongst the merriment, a little bedside reading will prove a thoughtful touch. Keep a stack of your most interesting hardbacks handy on a bedside table or shelf.

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