We'd all like a guest room that's nice and cozy for visitors, but it's not always your first priority. Because we have quite a few friends and family come to stay with us, I decided it was time to make our blah guest room into a sweet little spot. Now I didn't do it overnight (I've been working on sporadically for a few months now) but I'm excited to share the final before & after pics (and a few tips!) with you. :)
Step #1: The Inspiration
Spend some time looking at Pinterest, Instagram and magazines, and save the images you're drawn to. I saw this picture on the Studio McGee blog and instantly fell in love. Grey and blush in any white room is perfection in my book.
Step #2: Inventory
Take a close look at what's in the room that can you keep,along with what all you want to revamp. Start thinking about how to fill the empty spaces.
Here is a look at the "Before":
For this room, the wall color is light enough that I could easily work with it. But often times a fresh coat of paint will do wonders to update your room. (Tip: If you're moving or thinking of re-painting a room I highly recommend sticking with light neutrals--it will save you a lot of time and frustration down the road when the room needs a little change).
This room is fairly small so there aren't many options for rearranging or mixing up furniture--but definitely consider changing up the layout of the room, adding a chair or bench, etc. if you have the space. My plan for this room was to focus on updating the bed and dresser, with a few accessories to style it up,
Step #3: Attack
Now that you have your vision, time to get to work! Take out all the items you won't be using and arrange the room how you want it laid out. Now make a detailed list of the various pieces of furniture, decor, accessories you want in the room. With this list, take a look around your house to see if you already have any of the items--you'd be surprised what you can find in your home that would go perfectly with the new room. Here is the list I used:
1. Headboard: This is focal point of the room and worth a little splurge. This headboard is from Joss and Main.
2. Duvet: I had this duvet stashed away and thought it went with the color scheme I was going for. If you decide to buy a new duvet, try a neutral color with a solid or minimal pattern to increase changes of being able to re-purpose it.
3. Throw pillows: You can never have enough throw pillows! I wanted to add a pop of color and found these 2 pink pillows from CB2. The others I already had. Have some fun with different colors, sizes and patterns here!
4 DIY Dresser Refresh: The style and condition of this dresser worked but needed updating. I painted it white and added new hardware--check out more details here.
5. Curtains: These don't need to be fancy, just something to cozy up the space. These curtains are from Homegoods. I'm also a fan of Target and shopping sales at West Elm for curtains.
6. Rug: This helps to bring the room together and feel grounded. Here I used a rug from a different room that was looking for a new home.
7. DIY Artwork + Mirror: Adding decor to the walls is one of the BEST ways to instantly revamp a room. For this room, I framed a picture from Italy and some fun wallpaper, and painted the mirror grey.
8. Style Dresser + Nightstand: Now for the really fun part! Find little accessories to add a personal touch to the space--lamps, vases, books, picture frames, candles, trays, the list goes on and on. These will add personality to your room and make your guests feel all the more at home while visiting.
And the After:
Are you in the process of updating a guest room? Did you find some ways to simplify and keep the project affordable? Let me know how it's going!