Don’t spare the style this season

Eva sofabed, from �945, from
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Tired, a little personally neglected and overwhelmed? No, that’s not us after the festivities – it’s a description of the average spare room.

Around 54 per cent of us have an ‘unloved’ room in our houses, according to recent research by B&Q, and most often that’s the spare.

It’s commonly a dumping ground and at the bottom of the list for decor 
attention, with the result that it ends up groaning with clutter and, style-wise, is way past its sell-by date.

But there’s still time for a revamp which can transform it into a welcoming space.

Be inspired by hotel room luxury, suggests Jenny Blanc, designer and owner of Jenny Blanc Interiors.As well as choosing classic bedding, decorate the bed with beautiful, plump cushions and soft cashmere or faux fur throws.

‘In the wardrobe, I always make sure there are soft towelling robes, slippers, thick, fluffy towels and bath essences smelling of winter spices, such as pine, orange, bergamot and ginger.’

Follow the step-by-step guide to spare room style. 
Pick up the paintbrush, splurge a few accessories and hey presto – you’ll conjure a room that’s stylish and fresh.

‘To recreate the individuality of a boutique hotel, don’t be afraid to push boundaries by mixing the bold and the bright,’ says Blanc.

‘For ultimate comfort, invest in good quality bed linen – crisp white linen never dates and always feel luxurious – and choose accessories with character for depth of interest.’

Even one coat of paint can refresh a space. If you can’t face decorating the whole room, turn one wall into a feature with a shade which complements the rest of your scheme.

B&Q’s Colours One Coat Emulsion, £18.98 for 2.5 litres dries to a matt finish and has a low light reflective effect, ideal for creating the illusion of a larger space.

Alternatively, achieve a new look with wallpaper, such as Next’s fun Postcard Wallpaper, £18 a roll, evocative of visitors and holidays.
Once your guests have departed you can assess the performance of your room – few compliments on its comfort and style means a makeover is overdue!

‘Natural materials, neutral tones and delicate finishes capture the light and create a sophisticated palette of textures and tones that’s subtle, versatile and perfect for a guest room,’ says Emma Sims Hilditch, creative director at Neptune Home.

‘For a warm finish, choose grey-based neutrals with a brown, rather than blue base, to optimise that cocooning effect. Start with a base colour for the walls and layer up with plenty 
of textures in hand-painted furniture, fabrics, and 
Take advantage of post-Christmas sales to bag bargains, especially in beds and bedding.

If you want the room to double as an office or hobby space, a sofa bed is an ideal solution. has the Eva sofa bed, from £945, or a conventional double bed, the St Germain, from £595.

Ikea’s always hard to beat on price and its Hemnes day bed, with three drawers, is only £260.

For a final touch, display photos (including those of regular visitors ideally!).