The guest bedroom is really coming together after 5 weeks of the One Room Challenge. All the major elements like furniture, lighting, and window treatments are there. Now what’s left is all the accessorizing and giving the space personality! I always say not to underestimate the finishing touches. These are the smaller items like pillows, vases, frames, art, and so on that really make a space feel complete. It’s like taking your jeans and t-shirt outfit from blah to wow by adding great jewelry, shoes, and bag!
For my guest room I wanted to keep the feeling light, fresh, modern and cheerful. So I’m adding some bright and cute accent colors like aqua, yellow, and gold to a mainly white room. I also needed some great wall decor starting with something for over the bed.
I really liked this canvas print of a beach scene* from World Market. Side note: If you haven’t shopped their art* before it’s one of my go-tos for large scale affordable art. I even wrote a post about it. And occasionally they have sales. I actually got this piece for another room, but turns out it fits the style of the guest room really well. I was originally going to hang this over the bed, but when I held it up there it felt too large (it’s 30″x40″) and demanded too much attention, turning the room into a very beach oriented theme. Instead, I hung it next to the window over the desk that I’m passing off as a console.
Another way I like getting cheap art is buying inexpensive frames from places like Ikea, Target*, and Michael’s and then framing wallpaper, wrapping paper, or pretty papers from Papersource*. This is what I did here. Frame is from Ikea. Paper is from Papersource*.
Over the bed, I ended up hanging a cute, gold mirror I found at West Elm over a year ago. It was deeply discounted because it was a floor sample! I loved it, bought it and it sat in a closet. I never had a place for it until now! I debated the small size of the mirror and if it would look out of proportion over the bed. Usually I like going with bigger pieces over the bed, but I actually liked the way the smaller mirror looked.
Retail store floor samples sales are actually a great unexpected source for discounted items that are still current. Sometimes they are from the past season, sometimes the stores are just changing out their displays. I also got this ottoman as a floor sample from West Elm. Of course it’s hit or miss and you’ll want to just check them out for any major damage that can’t be fixed.
For more decor and accessories I’ve been loving for this room check out my guest bedroom Pinterest Board!
Next week, more accessories and the reveal!!
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