Getting our guest room ready for Christmas: Part 1

October 20, 2016

It’s almost a year since we first made an offer on our home, and after a six month wait to move in we started decorating straight away. We had clear plans in place for the lounge and our bedroom, but a few of the other rooms we’re a little more difficult.

We’ll be refitting the kitchen and bathroom in the next few years, so we’ve mainly just updated with a fresh coat of paint and a few co-ordinating accessories. Our guest room was another matter though…

I’m really not sure what we were thinking, but we painted the walls a very bright yellow. Hoping for light buttermilk once dry, what we have ended up with is closer to a fluorescent highlighter. Not quite the look we were going for.

So having been in our cottage less that twelve months we are re-decorating already, and on a deadline!

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re keen to have our guest room ready for the friends and family coming to stay with us, there is so much to do this time round though….
Last time we just painted and added a few accessories, but this time we’ve decided to do a proper job. We’ll be ripping out the dated fitted wardrobes, giving us an extra few feet of space. We’ve bought a large chest of drawers to account for the lost storage, which will be subject to a complete upcycle (Watch this space!)

We’ll be painting and wallpapering, having visited Valspar to colour match for the perfect combination. We’ve taken the picked out the lightest grey in the B&Q design below, using the paint to soften the room while retaining a modern look.

spare room makeover
Three Felt Chevron Storage Bags | Two Industrial Wood & Metal Shelves | Soft Lemon Geometric Wallpaper

We’ve very kindly been sent a few pieces from Cox & Cox to accessorise our new and improved guest room, and I can’t wait to see them in place. The storage baskets are beautifully made and even more stunning in reality. The soft grey triangle design will complement our wallpaper perfectly.

The industrial wood and metal shelves provide the perfect opportunity to add personality to the room, and I’m planning to style them differently as the seasons change. A few pieces of wall art and some candles will be the perfect finishing touch, making our guest room all the more welcoming.

Of course it wouldn’t be a guest room without beautiful bedding, and we’ll be heading straight to Homesense to make sure we are spoilt for choice. I spotted plenty of gorgeous sets at the #LoveFromFirstFind event earlier this year, so we’ll be heading back to make sure our guests get a comfy night’s sleep.

Having a clear vision for a room before you start to decorate makes sure it comes together as you’ve hoped. When we first decorated our guest room we just wanted to get rid of the dodgy wallpaper the previous tenant had left, putting our stamp on the property as quickly as possible. Definitely not conducive to a welcoming guest room, or a well thought out colour scheme…

This time round we’ve thought it through, making the most of the space we have as well as overhauling the look.