A LITTLE ROOM INSPO FOR YOUR GUEST BEDROOM
The guest bedroom is the FIRST room that I’m decorating in our renovated home. I hope the photos in this post provide you with some room inspo that you can use to ignite your own interpretation of a welcome little retreat for your own friends and family.
WHY — you might wonder — am I starting with the GUEST BEDROOM? That’s a great question (good for you for asking it! lol). The reason is that it is the least used space in our home, although it does get used especially by my daughters who like their surroundings to be “just-so” if you know what I mean. Given that fact, the pieces that are used in the room don’t have to be as good quality as we would put in our primary spaces. They won’t get the same use and therefore don’t have to be as indestructible (that costs more money). That also means that they can be trendier as I can replace them every so often.
In addition, I think there can be a more playful attitude in the guest bedroom. It can be considered a retreat for your friends and family that let them feel like they’re on a mini-vacation when they’re staying with you. I had a LOT of fun decorating this room in a way that I probably wouldn’t for any of our other rooms, just for this reason. It was FUN!
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INSPIRATION can come from anywhere or anything
In the case of our guest bedroom, it’s a small room. Because of this, I knew I wanted it to have a dramatic element in its foundation. So I had our contractor install crown molding, which we don’t have in the rest of the house, and paint all the trim and inside of doors glossy black. With the white walls, it’s definitely dramatic. The gold accents are like a little mascara. Just enough to make you look.
I also knew that there would be only two main pieces of furniture, as they were coming from my prior home. A matching bedframe and a tall chest of drawers (technically a lingerie chest). The dark glossy wood, simple lines with the exception of the curved headboard have always made me feel like they were in line with the British Colonial style. Perfect as the dark trim works with that style as well.
If you’re curious about the British Colonial style, check out:
British Colonial Style – 7 steps to achieve this look
from Samantha Bacon of MakingYourHomeBeautiful.com
That was all I needed for my launching off point. From there the black and white with lush green accent color palette was almost automatic.
Guest room – before
room inspo – the guest room reveal
LIttle details make the room work
The gold wall sconces, large round mirror, schoolhouse clock, gold wall hooks, gold drawer hardware, and even the note cards with gold bicycle tires are intentionally selected for the room.
You might wonder what the gunmetal vent looking thingy is on the shelf. It’s a nightlight for the guest to plug-in if they’re used to a little light at night.
The throw pillow covers were all made for the room. The green adds a much-needed punch of color. Black and white decor run the risk of looking cold and stark so a hit of color makes a BIG impact.
The square throw pillow covers were pillow shams that came with the comforter. They probably would have been folded away in a drawer if they hadn’t been adapted to fit 20″x20″ pillow inserts.
The small round nightstands with turned legs don’t take up a lot of space and allow for a bit of styling that can be changed out quickly to suit the guests who will be enjoying the space.
the first guests – thumbs up!
Literally the day I finished installing all of the touches I wanted to the room, my first guests arrived. Technically, I don’t consider them guests. It was my middle daughter Shelby (@theguidetohomes and TheGuideInc.com) and my niece, Mary. They’re besties so they loved to have a little retreat to themselves for some quality girl time.
They love their new space that is lush and green as well as quietly sophisticated. It’s totally comfortable for them to cozy up and watch a video on their iPad together or to read for an hour of alone time.
One of their favorite touches was the “Just in case …” bag full of little necessities and niceties to make their visit a little pampered.
A “Just in case …” basket is a great way to let guests know that you want them to enjoy their stay. In addition to slippers and face towels, inside the zipper pouch (made by yours truly) are personal necessities, such as toothbrushes, deodorant, makeup wipes, chapsticks, and disposable razors.
Now it’s time to get the room ready for my next guests! Summer at the lake is the perfect vacation spot especially when there’s a cozy guest room ready!
That’s it for today’s post. I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at the guest room. I’m not sure what room is next but with only 1 down and many more to go, you know there is a next one.
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With much appreciation for your energy and spirit, Namaste!
Here’s a list of the pieces that were used in the post and are available to order online.
AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CHARM – burlap bag, throw pillows, zipper pouch
JOANN FABRICS – green and white throw pillow fabric, bench pillow insert, gold metal palm wall art
TARGET – carpet runner, round mirror, clock, wall hooks
HOMEGOODS – note cards, wall shelf, white blanket, gold frame
COSTCO – towels, woven basket
HOME DEPOT – plants, gold knobs and pull handle for chest, night light
IKEA – curtains and rods
WALMART – night stands, wire baskets
AMAZON – see affiliate links below
The gallery wall is a super low-cost option. I used posters from a book of illustrations by Katie Scott that are from her book Botanicum, which I have and LOVE. I framed them with simple black frames that came in an economical multi-pack. I’m really happy with them too!
There is a problem though … the posters don’t fit the frames as they should have per sizes identified online. I had to trim them and there is still a bit of white on both edges showing. Surprisingly, this isn’t bothering me too much but I want to make sure you know this before ordering. To be clear, I would re-order both yet perhaps NOT to work together (lol).