In today’s Style Guide I’m showing you how to tackle a guest room makeover to create maximum impact in minimal time.
Look at what is already in the room
A makeover is about working with what you already own so as a starting point look at the furniture and bedding that exists and unless it is really super grim, try and keep it as the basic foundation of your room. In my guest room this is what I already had to work with:
a queen sized bed
2 x Ikea bedside tables
a TV cabinet
Decide on your style direction and do your research
Before you head off to the shops, decide on your style direction and have an idea of the colours you think will work. What kind of mood would you like to create? And how will this fit in the overall style scheme of your home? Seek inspiration from magazines and Pinterest and then hop online and check some of your favourite stores to see what they have in stock as well. Here is what I decided:
I wanted the guest room to feel relaxed – with a nod to a Boho beach style using predominately white with neutrals and accents of greys and blues.
Shop Your Home
Lastly, before you shop take a look around your home to see if there is anything you can rearrange and lend to your guest room to minimise what you need to buy. This is what I moved into the room:
an Ikea armchair (borrowed from my daughters room)
a bamboo floor lamp
a Jai Vasicek tile and cross
accessories – glasses, water jug, coasters, woven baskets, a grey linen throw
Shop the Shops
So you’ve done your research, you’ve moved stuff around in your home to add to your guest room, now it’s time to hit the shops. For my guest room makeover, this is what I bought to complete the room:
Every room needs a rug so I bought the ‘Lohals’ jute rug from Ikea – a perfect neutral for the bedroom. Next I visited Affordable Style Files and purchased some Fond Industries cushions, a couple of raffia placemats and two little Uashmama bags. Next stop was Maissone. From here I purchased two vases, a jug and a timber board. Lastly I dropped into Shiva Designs Bespoke and added to my Jai Vasicek collection with a new porthole. Done.
Style Your Space
Now comes the fun part. Start by making the bed with your basic linen and pillows. I like to have two European pillows at the back and two sleeping pillows in front. I also dress our beds with a flat sheet and a summer duvet quilt with a feather duvet folded on top for decoration. Then add your throw to the end of the bed and place a decorative pillow in front. Simple.
Then think about your bedside tables. I like uneven styling so chose to only use one lamp. A couple of little plants or some fresh flowers add some greenery and life to the decor and some water glasses and a jug are always a good idea.
I didn’t want to hang any proper artwork in the room as I didn’t have any in the house that I was prepared to lend to the room and I didn’t have any time (or budget) to buy anything new. So instead I hung two raffia placemats and the Jai Vasicek tiles and cross. With the exception of the large porthole which is quite heavy, all the other wall decoration is hung using disposable wall hooks – my absolute must have item.
Lastly, if you have the space it’s nice to include an armchair in a bedroom for getting ready, relaxing or simply to fling clothes on! and I like to include some softer lighting as well. The woven floor lamp is perfect for this as it provides a soft glow.
And if you have an ensuite, add some nice hand soap and moisturiser, a little vase of flowers and some fresh towels and you are good to go!
If your guest room is in need of a style makeover – or you are simply lusting after some new homewares, then jump on to my Instagram account where the lovely girls from Affordable Style Files, Shiva Designs Bespoke and Maissone have got together to offer you a fabulous giveaway. I’m telling you…every week should start like this!
Have a lovely week ahead. Happy styling.