Senior design editor Stacey Smithers shares how to create a soothing bedroom oasis for guests.
When decorating our homes, the guestroom is often the last space we tackle — and I’m no exception! So lately I’ve been dreaming up different schemes to turn my own guest space into an inviting sanctuary for visiting friends and family. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
At the top of my wish list: a statement mural that covers the whole wall behind the bed. I love this gorgeous watercolor one, which is a blown-up version of a Ferdinand Hodler landscape.
With such a statement-making mural in place, I’d paint the rest of the room a soothing shade. Right now I’m considering Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue, which reflects natural light beautifully.
Photographer: Virginia MacDonald
Source: House & Home February 2015 issue
Products: Light Blue
Designer: Sloan Mauran
For bedding, I’d love to splurge on a duvet cover sewn from Tonic Living’s Tuscany Linen in Aqua, and some pillowcases in the Plum and Navy colorways. I think these linens would look great against the watery-toned mural… all soft, rumpled and inviting.
Smart bedside storage is another element I’d like to bring in. This nightstand from
West Elm has two practical drawers and lots of space to stack books underneath. Ideally, I’d place one on each side of the guest bed.
Laying down a natural-weave rug is a quick and easy way to update a space, and at just $89, I think this 6’7″ x 9’10” rug from Ikea is a great buy. Don’t worry if you already have broadloom carpet — a rug like this will add just the right amount of warmth layered overtop.
Throwing in some vintage lighting would be the perfect final touch in my guestroom. To mix things up, I’d mount this anodized-aluminum wall lamp by Phillips on one side, and place this Lotte Bostlund lamp on the other.
Products: Lotte lamp
Phillips wall lamp