Alison Cork’s top guest bedroom tips


While we’re all coming to terms with our summer farewells, it’s the perfect time to look forward to our favourite thing about winter: layering. From your wardrobe to your home decor, the chilly season brings out your cosiest knitwear, favourite coats, and snug bedding. Head to our Winter Bedding HQ to see thick and puffy pillows and duvets, padded mattress toppers, plus luxurious throws and cushions.

This time of year also brings the high season of hosting, with the festive period gathering friends and family from all corners of the globe. To really welcome them, it’s worth taking time to make sure your guest bedroom has the same level of comfort and luxury as any other bedroom in your home.

Here’s interior designer Alison Cork with three simple tips for you to follow:

1) Small touches make a big difference

A guest room is all about the little cosseting details. For me, it’s worth choosing good pillows for sleeping and sitting up in bed, and then adding a little pair of towelling slippers to get to and from the bathroom, plus a dressing gown, a good hairdryer, shampoo and conditioner, and smaller things like hair clips. Perhaps also a small vase of fresh flowers and a working bedside light!


2) A room for reflecting

I would definitely recommend providing a mirror both on the wall and on a table (if possible with a magnifying side to it for make-up application etc). When I’m travelling I still want to feel like ‘me’, and a big part of that is feeling that I have been able to manage my hair and make-up as I would at home.


3) Keep it neutral

The first and most important job of a bedroom is to provide a relaxing place in which to rest, so it’s best to stick to muted tones. Think soft blues, greens, minks and tea rose – these are all positive, yet calming colours.

I would probably update my guest room with some seasonal accessories, such as on-trend cushions or throws, but leave the base colour scheme fairly neutral.

A number of my designs lend themselves to these subtle and soft colour schemes. My Toile de Jouy bedlinen set (pictured above and below) offers an interesting print, without being too overwhelming or loud. Then you can experiment with texture and colour by adding my lavish velvet pintuck bedcover (above), velvet cushion (below), and soft mohair throw for a final, warm touch.

Visit our Winter Bedding shop online to see duvets, bedding set and more.

Shop the full Alison Cork range.


  1. Josephine Jennings September 30, 2017 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    What an inspirational blog.

  2. Catherine Lincoln October 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    I love Alison Cork she is so clever – I have no flair at all and I am not just saying that, but I have had an a new sofa and decided to buy some of Alison’s products – I bought the table lights with 18 tee lights and the foliage that has glitter on but does not come off. I have had so many compliments about my lounge. very happy. Thank you Alison

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