Spare parts often become tote bags: they can house your WFH setup, yoga mat and weights, boxes of Halloween decorations that won’t fit anywhere else, and, crammed in the middle, a bed for guests . While there is no shame in making the most of your square footage, there is so much to be said for providing a thoughtful, well-appointed room for overnight visitors (or more).
All you need is a few pieces of furniture, some great bedding, and charming accents, and you can have fun with it. Even think of it as an opportunity to deploy an aesthetic that differs from the rest of the house, to make it feel like a special destination.
With on-trend decor and furnishings in a range of styles, The Home Depot makes renovating this budget room easy. For a warmer feel, channel a stately bed and breakfast with vintage-inspired pieces – here’s how.
- 1 Look for furniture that is reminiscent of the past – you can’t go wrong with rich wood tones.
- 2 Layer neutral pillows and blankets over crisp white linens (the jumpsuit never fails)
- 3 Add a lounge chair to wake up and relax.
- 4 Frame the art in a mix of sizes for a collectable feel.
- 5 Equip the space with vintage (or vintage-inspired!) Accessories.
Look for furniture that is reminiscent of the past – you can’t go wrong with rich wood tones.
Glossy white walls and understated furnishings have recently spent some time in the spotlight, with minimalist decor replacing more moody and intimate environments. But the wind is turning to a richer palette, with layers of the past and present blending together.
To cultivate a look that reads vintage but not old, lean towards darker tones that add extra character and warmth to a space. Try wooden furniture with a heritage vibe: a bed with carved headboard in a deep ebony finish, a dresser with antique bronze hardware and a sturdy side table that could pass to be built by a grandparent. Think of a fancy bungalow or a chic chalet, without any of the frills.
Layer neutral pillows and blankets over crisp white linens (the jumpsuit never fails)
The easiest way to make your bed look like it’s from a five-star hotel is to outfit it with white percale sheets and a matching blanket. Instead of a duvet, opt for a quilt to add texture and weight. Layer on a cashmere blanket for a subtle color contrast, and choose a variety of cushions from the same palette.
In order to create a pillow landscape that doesn’t overwhelm the bed, limit yourself to four colors or patterns and don’t go overboard with the numbers. For example, on top of the standard pillows of a queen-size bed, layer two large square European-style pillows in a striped print that reflects the texture of the quilt, then insert two decorative pillows in a dusty pink. Finish the look, if you want to add more, with two unique elements: one extra long and soft gray lumbar with a leather strap detail and a gray and white band.
Add a lounge chair to wake up and relax.
A place to sit – it’s not the bed! – is a must in a guest room. It offers an element of separation between sleep and everyday life, and provides a place to relax (plus a separate seat keeps “outerwear” out of bed).
For a classic Americana look, choose a leather piece that complements the wood furniture and adds warmth to the room. Avoid large pieces club chairs; although comfortable, they can take up too much space and clutter the room.
Instead, look for a chair with a slimmer silhouette, like this option with a blackened metal frame and burnt orange cushions. Not only does the plump seat make the perfect reading nook, it’s a great place to drape a jacket or put down your purse.
Frame the art in a mix of sizes for a collectable feel.
Hanging art is the fastest way to make a space feel cozied and alive. For maximum impact, opt for a gallery wall. While the idea of finding and organizing enough rooms for an entire wall can seem daunting, fear not: the best part about a gallery wall is that it doesn’t have to be perfect. With multiple pieces of varying sizes, you don’t have to worry about centering each frame perfectly. Pick a starting point, whether it’s the center of the wall or a side, and build from there.
To maintain the old but new aesthetic, look for a variety of portraits and botanical prints that masquerade as an old library or real estate sale. Use color cues from elsewhere in the room – the bedding, perhaps – to inspire a cohesive artistic palette, and keep things simple with frames without rugs.
Equip the space with vintage (or vintage-inspired!) Accessories.
In a hotel, it’s the little details that make a room feel special – the personalized soap dispenser, the hand-painted pendant light, the sleek cabinet handles – so don’t skimp on the finishing touches. . Now is the time to head to flea markets or dig in your grandma’s attic for fun and quirky additions, like a carved teak tray reused as a tote for jewelry and coins, a ceramic vase filled with freshly picked wild flowers or a savings bank to store vinyl records.
If you’re not the savings type or prefer new over old, The Home Depot has a surprisingly rich collection of vintage-inspired decor, like this one. cute mint green table clock, a bluetooth speaker disguised as turntable, or an industrial angled desk lamp.
Accessories style by Olga Grigorenko.