How to give your spare room a five-star makeover

How to give your spare room a five-star makeover

Whether your eldest has flown the nest and you want to convert their bedroom, or your spare room has simply been neglected, here’s how to reclaim that space.

That spare room that’s been gathering dust since the kids moved out? It’s time to do something about it. Not only will it make your house a nicer place to live, it could increase the value of your home.

Lacking inspiration? Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your newly reclaimed room...

1. Beautiful guest room

A stylish guest room is often high on a dream renovation list. Not only will the kids have somewhere nice to stay when they come home for a visit, but it will make friends and family feel welcome, too.

Create a serene space by using tonal greys and warm neutrals on the walls, doors, and maybe even on some of the furniture. Make sure it has that hotel feel with plenty of sumptuous pillows, soft throws and a thick feather duvet.

Add nice touches like a reading light, plenty of storage, a vintage luggage rack and an Ambi-Pur Plug-in in a soothing scent to add to the calming, comfortable vibe.

2. Cosy reading room

If you want a calm space where you can sink into a good book, why not turn your spare room into a mini library?

Build in a daybed nook surrounded by shelves and lined with piles of lovely books. Group the books on the shelves by colour to create a striking design detail.

By day this can be a great lounging sofa for reading, at night it can convert into a cabin bed for guests.

3. Chic home office

If you currently have a desk tucked away in the corner of your dining or living room, it may be time for your own dedicated home office.

It needs to be a practical space with plenty of storage where you can shut out the world and focus on work, life admin or planning your next travel adventure.

Use a colourful patterned wallpaper in front of the desk and hang floating shelves with plenty of boxes for storage. Make it feel more luxe by adding a grand leather chair.

4. Dream walk-in-wardrobe

Tired of feuding with your other half over wardrobe space? That empty room can provide the solution.

Opt for wall-mounted rails and free-standing shelving (which is the cheaper option), or floor-mounted cabinets that will blend more effectively into the walls. Either way, choose rails offering different heights, hooks for jewellery and ties, and high shelves for handbag storage.

Be sure to think about mirrors and lighting as well – especially if it’s going to double as a dressing room.

5. Modern exercise room

You can create a stylish and practical gym that will allow you to exercise whenever it suits you. Obviously, the range of equipment you can have is dependent on available space and your budget, but free weights, medicine balls, pull-up bars and yoga mats don't take up a lot of room.

Cover one wall in large mirrors to check your form and install a small drinks fridge for cold water. Have a supply of small towels, a good stereo system and thicker mats for when you cool down.

6. Useful craft room

If you have a hobby, you could turn this newly acquired space into the perfect crafty corner. Use a vintage sewing machine table as your desk for a quirky look, then hang small wire baskets on the wall above the desk so that everything you need is within easy reach.

Attach a big mood board to the wall made from cork pads painted in your favourite colour, then pin inspirational ideas, pictures and fabric swatches to it.

7. Calming meditation room

Why not dedicate this newfound free space to your emotional wellbeing? A place that will help soothe the mind and be the antidote to your stressful life.

To be a good meditation room, it needs to be quiet, calming and a happy place. Think minimal with little distraction. Paint in neutral tones and limit the furnishings to a small table, cushions and a yoga mat or two.

Nature is soothing, so incorporate plants and organic elements into your design and dot the room with a few Febreze candles in spiced sandalwood for soft lighting and a subtle, exotic scent.

Have you converted your spare room? Let us know what you did in the comments section below.

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