November 12, 2012 by Decorum DIYer
Today’s moodboard was spawned from some blog loving. Christina, of Floridays Mom, and I met via our blogs. One thing lead to another and before we knew it, I was proposing a moodboard for her striped guest room.
Here is Christina’s guest room as it is today:
The room is very nice, but quite plain. Christina gave me the following loose criteria to help me piece together a look from Craigslist for her guest room.
…if you truly want to take a
go at it… check out my site you can see I just did those stripes in
my guest room and the room is otherwise pretty bare. I want to keep it
pretty neutral with a soft shabby chic look. Thinking of maybe
putting an ottoman on the opposite wall, maybe some mirrors above the
end tables, some plates above the bed?? I have “ideas” but nothing
set in stone. If you are TRULY looking for a little blog
inspiration..be my guest. I’d LOVE to see what you come up with. 🙂
So, did you catch that?
- Neutral, soft, shabby-chic look
- Ottoman at opposite wall
- Mirrors above the end tables
- Maybe plates above the bed?
Okay, so here are some more pieces of inspiration I gleamed from Christina’s own Guest Room pins:
- She likes patterned rugs
- An ottoman or some other seating/surface at the end of bed
- Gallery wall
- Although she said neutral/shabby chic, she pins pops of color like coral and aqua (exactly what I was thinking before even viewing her board)
- Drapes and shades combination or fabric shade
I also took a peek at her Living Room Pins, to get a feel for her entire house vision. I wouldn’t want her guest bedroom to clash would I? This image caught my attention, as the same scheme was in my mind’s eye and I think it sums up her intended color palette and style.
So, without further ado, here is Christina’s ‘Guest Room In Paradise’ Moodboard:
Okay, let’s break it down!
Firstly, I used Christina’s local Orlando Craigslist, not my local Baltimore Craigslist.
Makes sense, right?
Secondly, Christina has great lamps and side tables, so I didn’t see the point in replacing or changing them. Also, her bedding looks lovely, so again, no need to remove/change.
I focused on adding storage, seating, and accessories. Through these additions, I also added the accent colors of aqua and coral. As I go through the space, I am going to make suggestions for full on color, but Christina can certainly dial-down the notch to her comfort level. My thought with guest bedrooms is to make them comforting as an extension of your home, but also somewhat fun.
I have two options for rugs. One is aqua and one is coral. The aqua is also more modern and graphic, while the coral is more asian and traditional.
Next, I added in seating:
A little table for the additional seating:
Or, if Christina really wanted to turn up the color, she could go full on with these turquoise curtains:
Regardless of Christina’s choice, I’d pair the curtains with a bamboo, roman shade:
Moving to the bed and leaving the current bedding in place,
I’d add these pieces to punch up the color and pattern:
As per Christina’s request, mirrors for behind each night stand/end table:
Although Christina requested plates for above the bed,
the Craigslist gods were not cooperating.
I did manage to find these interesting pieces:
Artwork: All of the below artwork is along the spectrum of nice to tacky/out-dated, but together they would create a kitch-y gallery wall. Again, this gallery wall could be placed almost anywhere in the room. It really depends where Christina wants the impact of a gallery wall to be seen. My vote would be the entrance wall hung in a vertical arrangement from floor to ceiling.
All of the above artwork could be left as-is, or a combination of the frames, and/or mats could be painted in the accent colors of coral and/or aqua. Painting frames, or even mats, would give the outdated artwork a new life and provide a fresh take to the standard home decor. I would suggest the below colors in small, sample pots:
The exception would be the below faux bamboo frames which should most definitely be painted in either accent color. I wouldn’t use these as artwork as much as decorative coasters for the night stands. After all, your guest just may want a drink of water before bedtime. The frames could be filled with most anything. A sign that says welcome. A list of common television channels to assist your guest in feeling at home. A song verse that is appropriate, etc….
At this point, I usually provide the moodboard breakdown, but today, I will just provide the total as there are too many variable prices and ‘either or’ selections that would make a budget breakdown complicated. That said, if all of the above were to be obtained via Craigslist, the estimated total is: $1,172. Of course, the real total, after selections have been pared-down would be closer to half, or $600.
I hope you have enjoyed this guest room in paradise. And mostly, Christina, I hope that I have done your vision justice and quite possibly given you a few items to stalk on Craigslist.
Until next time…, happy Craigslisting!