With the holiday season kicking off in just over a week, everyone is starting to feel the pressure! If you are expecting a full house with out of town guests, you might especially be feeling the stress of getting the house in order and providing your guests with a comfortable place to stay. For many people, the guest room is often overlooked until its time to host. But I have 5 easy and affordable tips for you to take your guest room from drab to fab, before the holidays!
Step 1: Declutter
All too often, guest rooms are used as a dumping ground for unwanted things. From exercise equipment you don’t use to piles of clothes you are too lazy to put away. I get it! I am definitely guilty of stashing things I don’t know what to do with in our guest room. But here’s the thing, if you are stashing it in a room you don’t use so you don’t have to think about it, you probably don’t need it. Find it a home, sell it or donate it. Decluttering can honestly have the biggest impact on a room. The best part is, this step is free and if you sell some stuff you may have extra cash to spruce it up!
Step 2: Thrifty furniture
Because guest rooms are often overlooked, they tend to get all the hand me down furniture. I get it. Furnishing a home can be expensive, but you can work with what you have and still make it look like a million bucks! When we bought our house we had to buy a fair amount of furniture so I was very thrifty. I found the dresser and night stands for our guest room on Craig’s List for $100 and refinished them with a coat of paint and new hardware. If you can’t afford to buy new furniture, make over what you have or make over some thrifted pieces to keep the cost down. If you aren’t into DIY, my friend Ikea has tons of affordable furniture!
Step 3: The headboard
I have said this before, but headboards can really give a room an extra boost of style with a relatively small price tag. I found ours on Wayfair a few years ago, but I have made several before, as well as our upholstered bed. Don’t be afraid to pick something different from the rest of your furniture. The days of walking into a furniture store and buying every piece in the set are long gone. I personally love a headboard with some upholstery. It helps soften the hard lines of the rest of the furniture, especially wood.
Step 4: Curate the items you have
As I mentioned in step 2, many of us often have to work with hand me down items when it comes to designing a guest room. But if you carefully select the items and mix and match, you can create a new room. For example, in our guest room I reused bedding I had from years past. Rather than using an entire set (comforter,duvet, shams, bed skirt), I pulled pieces from several bedding sets I had on hand to create a more curated look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match complimentary pieces. In fact, I highly recommend steering clear of entire sets. Please, no bed in a bag!
Step 5: Decor with big impact
Don’t underestimate the power of well selected decor! If I was designing a room from scratch and could only select a few items I would choose lamps, curtains, pillows and a rug. The reason is all of these items can have major impact on the style of a room by adding texture and pattern. To show you what I mean, lets take everything out of our guest room. This is what it would look like. Pretty drab.
By simply adding back the curtains, lamps, and pillows the room feels completely different, doesn’t it?!
While we do not have a rug in this room yet, it is definitely on the wish list for when we continue our wood flooring throughout our upstairs like we did in our master.
In case you are still not convinced how affordable it can be to take your guest room from drab to fab, let me give you a breakdown of this room.
That’s right, I designed this room for less than $700 and that included buying furniture! That’s better than the original Trading Spaces!
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