Expecting overnight guests? When visitors set up camp for the weekend, the race is well and truly on to earn the coveted title of “hostess with the mostess”, but achieving this accolade is no easy feat. It all starts with the guest bedroom - if you can get that right, then you're on to a real winner. We've compiled 10 useful decorating tips to turn your spare bedroom into a cosy retreat. 

1. Home comforts

It’s essential that you lay the foundations right first off. A comfy mattress, a sumptuous bed dressed in white linen, and a blanket straight from the dryer will give your guest bedroom hotel-appeal. If you’re really looking to push the boat out, throw in some decorative cushions for a luxurious touch. 

2. Add a night stand

As the main station for visitors' items, a bedside table is a must-have in guest bedrooms. But don’t leave the table top bare, keep a pile of magazines or some books on hand so your visitors can enjoy a morning read, should they rise early.  

3. Block out the light

Providing your guests with a comfortable night’s sleep, is of course, at the top of the priority list. To put your mind at ease, dress your window with a blackout blind to block out the light for a good night's kip. 

4. Add a rug

A rug can act as a real multi-tasker in guest bedrooms. As well as warming up the floor and keeping your guest’s toes toasty, a plush floor covering stops visitors from worrying about creaking floor boards and disturbing you during the night.

5. Paint the walls neutral

Staying neutral is a safe bet in terms of pleasing people's varying decor tastes. Keep your room clean and serene with a light coloured backdrop. Using calming hues rather than distracting shades will also help visitors to nod off quicker.

6. Invest in a storage chest

A storage chest is a useful piece of furniture to have in guest bedrooms. As well as doubling up as a handy foot stool, it's the perfect place to house spare bedding and even provides guests with a flat surface to place their belongings.

7. Install a mirror

A mirror is a guest bedroom's best friend - it's one of those necessary items we take for granted until we're away from home. It's also great for creating the illusion of more space. 

8. Fix the lighting

Dim lighting will help to create a calming ambience - this can be easily achieved by replacing the light bulbs. A table lamp will also come in handy for late night reading and those middle-of-the-night toilet trips.

9. Keep it clutter-free

A clean bedroom is essential in leaving a good impression on your guests - make sure you clean every last speck of dust before they arrive. Keep clutter to a minimum to free up space and make cleaning easier for yourself. 

10. Don't forget the little things

Last but not least, don't forget the little things - they can go a long way in making a lasting impact. Placing a bottle of water on the side, laying fresh fluffy towels out on the bed, leaving the wi-fi password on a piece of card - all of these small gestures will earn you some extra brownie points in the hosting stakes. 

For more bedroom decorating tips, check out our article: The essential guide to bedroom wall colours.