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7 Ideas to Make Your Spare Bedroom & Guest Room Beautiful

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The spare bedroom needn’t be the sideshow. With tips and tricks from Antique expert and creative polymath Benedict Foley, we’ll get your spare bedroom looking beautiful once more. 

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The Lacquer Company Light Blue Tray in a guest bedroom

Image courtesy of The Lacquer Company

Benedict Foley’s Ideas for Spare Bedrooms

‘Crank up your guest rooms. I know in reality they may be the place where boxes go to live before being recycled or more usually decorated with drying laundry, but no one needs to know that! You want your guests to have a good time, so amuse and entertain them with quirky finds from the auction. It makes a much better conversation starter than who’s doing the washing up! I love things like portrait miniatures – a good looking or amusing face never goes amiss. A couple of small tables by the bed, a chair or two for people to lay their clothes out, a couple of prints in antique frames on the walls – you can buy inexpensive and charming things, but if you’ve considered the basics your guests will feel much more considered by turn!’

Benedict Fowley, a-prin.com, @a.prin.art

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The Fabritizia Cocktail Chair by Campbell Rey, Sold by The Invisible Collection

Accent Chairs For the Win

If you’re needing to cocoon a spare room: look no further than adding an accent chair. Lifting up the drabbest of dark corners, the accent chair adds a warm mood, and an opportunity for your guest to sit and read (why not also add a side table or magazine rack for good measure?).

The Best Accent Chairs to Buy 

Campbell-Rey, The Fabrizia Cocktail Chair, The Invisible Collection, theinvisiblecollection.com

Side Table Ostrich Tables Original Pair of 1970s Meret Oppenheim Traccia Tables, Gavina, Italy

Side Tables Are No Sideshow

Side tables are the difference between a nice guest room, and a gorgeous guest room. Not to be underestimated: the side table is the perfect place to support an accent chair, tray and space for books, magazines, and you can flank the bed either side, for a nice bit of symmetry styling.

Original Pair of 1970s Meret Oppenheim Traccia Tables, Gavina, Italy, 1st Dibs, 1stdibs.com

Two single beds in a bedroom Alice Palmer Co

Two Single Spare Beds? Think Symmetrical

There’s nothing more satisfying than a bit of mirroring in a spare bedroom. And since it’s rarely used day in day out, you can afford to be more playful with it all. A matching set of patterned covers, from Alice Palmer, is never a bad idea.

Image: Instagram/ @alicepalmerco

a green tray stands on a blue coffee table in a spare bedroom

Display with a Tray

Trays make both the perfect accent to a side table and beautifully frame a Roberts Radio. They also happen to be helpful if your guest would rather like breakfast in bed, mind you.

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Medium Belles Rives Tray, The Lacquer Company. Image courtesy of The Lacquer Company

Boxwood Interiors, Houston, Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper and ‘garden folly’ art pieces, marymaguireart.com Image: Mary Maguire, Instagram: @marymaguire

Hang Prints in Pairs, or Threes

A few prints hanging side by side always shows a bit of care, and will elevate any wall to please the eye. Check out the best places to buy affordable art, and our online antiques round up for the best places to buy.

Boxwood Interiors, Houston, Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper and ‘garden folly’ art pieces, marymaguireart.com

Image: Mary Maguire, Instagram: @marymaguire

books stand on a chest of draws in a spare room by Sean Antony Pritchard

Get Bookish

Leaving a few books strewn about the spare room is always nice for guests to pick up.

Image: Instagram/@sean_antony_pritchard

Salt & Pepper Cushion by Glassette

Always Amuse

Moments that pique curiosity, that stir a bit of humour, never go amiss. We’re taking our cue from this S&P cushion for starters.

Salt & Pepper Cushion, Harriet Says Hi, £195, Glassette, glassette.com

Morris & Co Blackthorn wallpaper with an antique wooden chair in front

Get Experimental with Wallpaper

The guest room is your canvas for creativity, because you’ll never spend day in, day out there, and you’re guests will never realistically be there for more than a couple of nights, so why not take the opportunity to be bold with some maximalist Morris & Co Blackthorn Wallpaper?

Blackthorn Wallpaper, £119, Morris & Co, morrisandcosandersondesigngroup.com

 

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