Guest Bedroom Series, Pt 1: The Big Reveal

Updated: Nov 8

Welcome to our Guest Bedroom Series! What better way to start than a big reveal?


There are some spaces that I LOVE designing. Master bedrooms, living rooms, offices...whimsical children's rooms. One space that wasn't high on my list? The guest bedroom. But after finishing ours, I just might like the design of our guest room slightly more than our master bedroom. Who would have guessed?

Guest bedroom with dark blue headboard wall, gold drapes, upholstered headboard and accent pillows. There is a painting of blue-green flowers above the bed, gray, cream and metallic bedding.
The guest room is officially complete! Just in time for our best friends to come stay with us!

Telling you about it is great...but seeing it for yourself is a whole different level.

When it comes to designing a home in its entirety, one of the main rules of thumb I try to follow is keeping the spaces consistent with one another. Hang on, I'm not saying you can only use the same two or three colors, but there is something to be said for a home where the rooms flow together and appear to be designed by the same person.


When it came to designing our guest room, I knew I wanted it to have a similar feel to the master bedroom. I had painted the room (along with literally every other wall) the first few weeks after we bought the house, knowing I wanted to design around a dark blue headboard wall. Some quick sketching gave me a solid starting point but I didn't touch the room for months.

Hand-rendered sketch showing gold drapes and upholstered headboard wall, nightstands and gray drapery.
This concept sketch was the launching point for this guest bedroom!

I focused all my attention the wine bar, my office, and once the weather warmed up, the back deck, firepit and front porch. But as Fall rolled around again and the leaves started falling, I realized that I couldn't procrastinate anymore - our best friends are coming in from Hawaii and staying with us - the guest bedroom was suddenly top of my priority list.

Looking at the corner of a guest bedroom with dark blue headboard wall, gold drapes, upholstered headboard and accent pillows. There is a painting of blue-green flowers above the bed, gray, cream and metallic bedding.
The contrast between the deep dark blue wall and cheerful liquid sunshine drapes keeps the space feeling fun but still relaxing.

The dark blue wall (it's Behr's Nocturne Blue in satin finish to be exact) is quite the chameleon, appearing dark and moody in dim light but bright and powerful when brightly lit. This wall provides the perfect foundation for the custom upholstered headboard accent wall (which I'll be sharing a tutorial for next week!). The integrated picture ledge provides a landing area for the "I Love You in French" artwork, custom painted to incorporate all the colors and a little tropical inspiration in the form of Protea flowers. I'll be sharing a behind-the-scenes post to show you exactly how it went from a blank canvas to a finished painting soon.

Custom painting of blue-green flowers with gold and bronze accents is placed above the bed with gray, cream and metallic bedding.
What you put on your walls is just as important as the color you paint them. We'll be sharing a timelapse of how this custom painting came together soon!

Creamy linens are contrasted with a gray duvet while metallic and gold accent pillows tie the entire room together.

Guest bedroom with dark blue headboard wall, gold drapes, upholstered headboard and accent pillows. There is a painting of blue-green flowers above the bed, gray, cream and metallic bedding.
Dark blue and bright gold are the two main colors in this guest room while metallics accent pillows and the custom painting provide layers of design.

Using the same fabric as the headboard creates a tangible link in the space while the delicate patterned fabric creates another layer in the room.

Guest bedroom with dark blue headboard wall, gold drapes, upholstered headboard and accent pillows. There is a painting of blue-green flowers above the bed, gray, cream and metallic bedding. There is a black overhead light fixture with Edison style bulbs and the nightstands hold table lamps with the same style bulbs.
Lighting should be eye-catching but still functional. This semi-flush ceiling mount fixture baths the room in warm light while the table lamps provide task lighting.

The existing ceiling fan was replaced with a low profile flush mount light fixture with exposed Edison style bulbs to create a sense of warmth. The open bedside tables allow the headboard feature to peek through while holding table lamps so guests can read in bed without having to turn on the overhead light. While some people might appreciate an early morning wakeup in the form of an all-too-bright sunrise, the rich velvet drapes are blackout, ensuring an appreciative nod to the beautiful but still functional design.


I cannot wait for the guests to arrive to enjoy this freshly completed room. I hope they love it as much as I do! #reddesignedinteriors


If you love the headboard, be sure to read the tutorial so you can create your own...and don't miss the time lapse of that gorgeous painting!


Wall Paint, Accent: Behr, Nocturne Blue, Satin

Wall Paint: Behr, White Veil, Satin

Drapery: Ikea, Sanela, Golden Brown

Painting: Custom

Headboard: Custom

Overhead Light: YLCHYTDZSW, Sputnik 6-Light Mid Modern Century Ceiling Light


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