My Home: Evolution of a Guest Room

We don’t have guests visit often since most of our family live on the other side of the country.  But, we’re having guests for Thanksgiving (hooray!) and I thought it was about time I spruced up the boring brown box of a guestroom in our basement.  I worked with what I already had around the house, except for the lamps that I found at a local thrift store and spruced up with a few coats of gold paint.  It’s a little more quirky and patterned than the other areas in my house, but I think the bright colors and patterns help brighten up the dark basement room and all the layers make it feel cozy.

Here’s how the room evolved (sorry for the grainy photos…you can see there is only a small little window, and we had no sun when I was taking the pics)…

STEP ONE: Starting with a basic brown box.guest room beforeSTEP TWO: Pick a Color Paletteguest room color paletteSTEP THREE: Add throw pillows using the color palette inspiration fabricguest room level 1STEP FOUR: Add some extra softness…a layered rug, another pillow, a comforter…all in the color palette.guest room level 2STEP FIVE: Add some functional pieces, like lighting and a luggage rack.guest room functionSTEP SIX: Layer on artwork and accessories…and don’t forget plants!guest room level 5guest room level 4What are your favorite ways to spruce up your guest room before guests come?500-daisy-upholstery-nails-brass-furniture-studs-tacks-[2]-436-p copy

3 thoughts on “My Home: Evolution of a Guest Room

  1. Pingback: Design is in the Details: A Headboard Change-up | The Anatomy of Design

  2. This is really nice, Emily! It is always so informative and encouraging to see the progression of a space over time. I also really like your headboard. I have a very similar one in my bedroom, and I am very happy with it. Best!

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