Planning a functional and inviting guest room can be exciting and somewhat challenging. In my previous post about our guest room reveal, I was so excited and too sure that it’s what I wanted from the espresso/ dark finished furniture pieces to the accent items. But now that my decorating style has evolved, I’m on a mission to put my gloves on to get into work. I can’t wait for next week room reveal!
From a clean slate house, I turned our guest room into what I thought was okay. I knew it wasn’t the best but my lack of patience to thoroughly weigh in all considered decorating elements has pushed me to do it hastily. To my defense, I wanted it done before the end of the year because we were expecting guests then – who by the way, didn’t show up. Diving into furnishing and decorating a room, the greatest lesson I’ve learned is to take things slowly and consider what style truly represents you and your family. A well-planned project saves time and money.
Planning for a functional and inviting guestroom, let’s start with the espresso/ chocolate finished furniture. Since the guest room is small, the furniture pieces dark finish is making the area look even smaller. Also, I painted the walls with Sherwin Williams Morning Fog (SW-6255) which makes the room even darker. So, there are two issues that I’m going to fix.
HOW AM I GOING TO FIX IT?
The first thing I’ll do is repaint the furniture with white. Yes! You heard me right. I’m going to repaint all the furniture pieces with white. Buying new sets are not on our budget at this time. The painting project can take up to two days considering the suggested dry time. I’ll be using Valspar paint. And even though it indicates that primer is not required to complete the job, I’ll still use KILZ oil-based primer before painting to get a quality finish. But since our furniture pieces are made of laminated woods with a dark finish, not using a primer could result in a half done job. Oh, one thing to remember! Do not use a water-based primer if the pieces you’re working on are the same as ours. This type of primer could trigger the materials to expand over time.
Next thing I’ll do is install a peel and stick wallpaper on the center wall. The morning fog paint color is making the room look darker and smaller. I want to create a refreshing and inviting space so, I designed an accent wall using a white/ gray wallpaper. I love its modern and clean style, and its light color. It’s my first time to use this type of wallpaper so, I purchased smoothing tool and knife to install it efficiently. For this one, it can take about a couple of hours to complete it. The installation instructions are pretty straightforward and easy, and the wall I’m installing it on is small.
Finally, it’s time to plan for the guest room must-haves. My goal is to accomplish an uncomplicated style with light colors that are soothing to the eyes. I kept few of the accent pieces in a wood tone to balance the white furniture. Then, I carefully picked the shades of blue for the curtain and bed linens as well for theaccent items.
PLANNING A FUNCTIONAL AND INVITING GUEST BEDROOM
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In a couple of months, we’ll be celebrating our first year anniversary in this house. I can’t wait! But first, I have work to do. Now that I’m updating our guest room, it means I’ll be updating every room in the house. I’m taking this task slowly to avoid waste of time and money. Moving forward, I know that what’s essential for my husband and I (and the boys soon) is a place where we can relax and enjoy each other’s company; making it our most favorite place on earth.
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN PLANNING A FUNCTIONAL AND INVITING GUEST ROOM
*Consider your decorating style before putting yourself to work. Haste makes waste as the old saying goes. I go with minimalist style with a touch of modern contemporary.
*Measure, measure, measure. I can’t emphasize enough how important taking measurement is. Know the area that you’ll be working on. By doing this, choosing furniture pieces and accent items makes it easier from colors to shapes to sizes.
*Know the do’s and don’ts of hanging curtains. Small details can make a big impact on your style. Here are few tips from this post. Don’t go too narrow. Do use enough fabric. Do hang high. Don’t go too short. Do choose appropriate fabric. Do use template.
*Learn to balance between dark and light colors. Dark colors make the space look smaller. Light colors make the space too dull. This time I go with light white, wood tone, and shades of blue.
*Stick to your budget. If updating a space requires furniture makeover and DIY projects, it’s fine. You can do it! There are millions of YouTube tutorials you can learn from as well as Pinterest ideas. There’s no reason to buy every item you need and want. Exercise your creative muscles.
Decorating is a trial and error process. The more you know your style, the better result you get and lesser mistakes. But just because you’re not a professional decorator nor a creative one, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. It’s been said practice makes perfect. Well, I don’t believe in perfection though so, let’s aim for our best.
S O U R C E L I S T
What room/ space in your house are you working on this week? What’s your decorating style? Have you ever made mistakes in your decorating projects? Or perhaps you simply don’t like it anymore. I would love to hear your comments below.
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