There’s a reason why children leaving home is said to cause ‘empty nest syndrome’, as your home will quite literally feel as if it has empty, redundant rooms. This will only make it worse when you miss your (now grown-up) child. Giving the room(s) a new feel will help combat those ‘empty nest’ feelings and help keep you busy. After all, keeping a room as a shrine to your departed offspring will only make you miss them more in the long run (and might be creepy).
What you do with the room will depend on the size of your home and your own personal requirements. However, turning the room into a gym, dark room or a personal cinema is only an option if you already have other guest rooms for a place to offer your kids when they return to visit.
If you need the room to be kept ‘spare’ for guests, it’s a good idea to think about redecorating it. If your child’s room is still full of teenage paraphernalia like posters and graffiti, it’s time to strip down the walls and start again.
Think about selling any equipment that still has life in it (though of course consult the owner first) as this will afford you extra money and space. Bunk beds or single beds, which are not ideal for guest rooms, should definitely be sold to make room for a newer, double bed. There are some fabulous choices of bedroom furniture at Littlewoods available when you’re ready to refurnish.
Set about making the room more ‘grown-up’, especially if its current decor screams ‘moody adolescent’. However, going overboard with chintz and floral bed linen is not a great idea either. Keep the decor fairly gender-neutral, as this will allow any potential guests feeling comfortable rather than overwhelmed or, worse yet, nauseous.
It is also important to remember that you do not have to eliminate your child’s presence from a room entirely in order to make it into a habitable space for other people. A nice touch might be to display your favorite photographs of your children in this room, framed on the walls.