I have FINALLY finished our guest room! It was a slow process over several months, but I am so pleased with the outcome and wanted to share some photos with you. I’ve also included below sources and details about how I put the room together.
So remember this is where things started – a totally blank canvas. I collected some inspirational images for the room and decided on a black, white and pink palette for the space.
It’s a very small room with only one window, so I embraced the darker feel and painted the walls a matte black. I also added two wall lamps on either side of the window over the bed. There’s not really space for nightstands so this is a good alternative.
The daybed, which pulls out to make a double bed for guests, fits perfectly in the space and almost feels built-in. As it is the most prominent piece in the room, I made it a focal point by filling it with a bunch of pillows I made from black, white and pink fabrics in different patterns. I also embellished the plain white curtains (repurposed Ikea ones) that hang behind with a black and white greek key trim.
At one end of the bed I hung an extra TV we had in the basement. This was a bit of a tricky job I actually had to do twice to get it in the right position. I used this Ikea wall mount which allows for the TV to swing out. It makes for great solo movie watching!
For artwork in the room, I mostly used old black and white family photos (framed by these guys). They have really special sentimental meaning for me and look great against the black walls.
For something modern (and pink!) I added this photograph of flamingos. My family has a long running inside joke about flamingos so they will get this one. 🙂 Art really should be personal and have meaning. Do you have to look at it everyday after all!
The room has a tiny en suite shower and sink which was already tiled in charcoal grey. There’s no door (and we rent so I can’t add one), so the black walls help make it a bit less noticeable.
There’s still one last thing left to do – install a new overhead light fixture. This current situation just won’t do.
I have this funky chrome sputnik one (found in a thrift store of course) waiting to go up so hopefully I can get an electrician to come by soon.
For some final touches, I bought this simple sisal rug from Ikea and a hammered metal stool from Zara Home. The rug adds another texture and helps keep the room from getting too dark. And the stool is great as a little bedside table.
My mom is coming for a long visit in May so I’m so happy to have this ready to welcome her. I hope she will like spending time here as much as I do!