Stocking up on mince pies and breaking out the guest towels may be top of the list when it comes to hosting friends and family this Christmas, but how about creating an inviting space for them to retire to when the festivities are over? As these beautiful bedrooms show, it needn’t be a top-to-bottom makeover – a few quick updates are all you need to show them you care (and show off your eye for colour while you’re at it).
1. Paint a Faux Headboard
Wall: Preference Red No.297 and Paean Black No.294 in Modern Emulsion
Creating a room that makes your guests feel special can be as simple as adding one thoughtful touch, which shows you’ve put just as much effort into where they’ll be spending the holidays as you have the rest of your home. Here, it’s a striking faux headboard, painted floor to ceiling in a darker tone than the wall colour. We love the enveloping berry tones of Preference Red and Paean Black, but any contrasting combination could work.
2. Don't Forget the Door
Walls: Hague Blue No.30 in Estate Emulsion; Woodwork: Hague Blue No.30 in Estate Eggshell; Ceiling: All White No.2005 in Estate Emulsion | Image from Recipes for Decorating
Painting walls, doors and trim in the same colour is a very simple shortcut to a restful-feeling bedroom, perfect for Christmas Eve guests who are too excited to sleep a wink. This guest room feels as luxurious as any master bedroom thanks to a combination of rich, inky Hague Blue and tactile touches of wood and leather.
3. Create a Feature Wall
Wall: Imperial Purple No.W40 in Modern Eggshell
Painting a single feature wall is a quick but incredibly effective way to update any scheme, so don’t be afraid to go bold in an otherwise neutral space – we recommend pairing our inky Imperial Purple with Snow White for a fresh look. Here it's been painted over bamboo strips to add some texture as well.
4. Add Some Pattern
Walls and Ceiling: Dimpse No.277 in Modern Emulsion; Feature Wall: Gable BP 5405
Our tactile handcrafted wallpapers are a great shortcut to creating a home from home for your Christmas guests, adding near-instant colour, pattern and texture to even the most pared-back of spaces. Gable, with its nostalgic print of fields, farmyards and villages, creates a particularly welcoming feel – besides, we hear counting sheep is a great method for getting little guests off to the land of nod before Santa comes.
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