Since I have some overnight guests visiting this week, I thought I’d share some “progress” photos of one of my guest bedrooms. I want to emphasize that this is still very much a work in progress, though!
The room still feels a little spartan, but I plan to add several things to help cozy it up and personalize it down the line. But please believe me when I tell you that this room has come a long way! It has morphed from a dull yellow (the original color at move-in) to a gray (when I got caught up in the whole “greige” trend; more on that here), to its current “Creamy White” (Benjamin Moore OC-7). With this latest coat of paint on the walls, the room feels light, bright, but still warm. I am really pleased with how it turned out. My choice of paint for this room was inspired by Bill Ingram’s home featured in House Beautiful. You can read more about how to choose the perfect warm white paint for your room here.
I’m still missing a proper bed frame (that will have to be a purchase for the future), and I need to get some art up on the walls (more on this later), but I have the big pieces in place: the bed, for one. It’s very comfortable. I’ve tried to make the bed inviting by dressing it in crisp white linens (my favoriteâ€”I think they’re the best for sleeping) and adding a serviceable bedside table and lamp for reading.
I’m Â going for a simple, clean look. The bed linens are from Pottery Barn: I chose their Grand Embroidered duvet and sham setÂ as this set suggested nice hotel linens to me, and also reminded me of Pratesi linens, which I absolutely loveâ€”but without the $$$ Pratesi price tag.
The other upgrade I’ve made is to the window treatments: I’ve added new hardware (also from Pottery Barn), curtains from Overstock, and bamboo shades (also from the O). The window hardware has been hung a good bit higher than the actual window frame to create the illusion of greater height/larger windows (and also to accommodate 96″ curtain panels). Curtains really go a long way in softening a room. I really love how the bamboo roman shades filter the light in the room as well.
To add much-needed color and interest to the room, I’ve hung one of my mom’s paintings, an oil portrait with lots of lovely blues in it, on the wall near the entrance to the room.
My brother gave me this lovely piece by artist Sean Huntington as a Christmas giftâ€”I just need to get it matted and framed so I can get it up on the walls. I love these trees! I really appreciate the modern feel of this work and the colorâ€”as you may have noticed, there is definitely a “blue” theme in this guest room, and this piece will fit nicely with that theme. The trees will help bring in a natural element to the room too.
In addition to hanging more artwork, I’d like to eventually add the aforementioned bed frame (I’m thinking something with an upholstered headboard for greater comfort), a natural fiber rug, and maybe a small armchair so that I can provide my overnight guests with a comfy place to sit. I’m considering the Ektorp Jennylund chair from IKEA pictured belowâ€”I like its cozy look, and its proportions and smaller scale would fit nicely in this smallish room, without things looking too overcrowded.
[Image via IKEA]
As finishing touches, another bedside table and lamp would be welcome additions too.
While it’s still a long way from being complete, I think I’m on the right track and am slowly getting there. I will be sure to keep you posted on my progress, but in the meantime: What are your ideas for making a guest room comfortable and inviting?