When designing a guest room or a spare bedroom, the key is to create a space that is relaxing, inviting but that also feels neutral. You will want this space to feel welcome no matter who is staying there, and flexible in design enough that it can fit each guest. That’s why, when I was designing my guest room I decided to use different shades of blues to transport my friends and family to a calming seaside escape…even if I live in the city.

Choosing a Paint Colour for a Guest Room

According to Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, she recommends soft watery blues and greens in your home to help with focus and to add a bit of calm. The top-selling blues range from the deep Azure Tide to the calming Lakeside and the pale Silent Ripple, which all offer a bit of repose to the room that they’re in. Maybe it was because we had just finished binge-watching Bridgerton, but we ended up choosing a blue that felt a little more regal. Sherwin-Williams Niebla Azul (SW 9137) reminded us of a cool blue that you’d see on the teacups in a palace or the drawing-room in a palatial home.  This colour also brought out the water in the art in the room and popped nicely with the contrast of the white trim in the room.

 

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How to Design an Art Wall

I know that you’ve probably heard this one thousand times, but the most important step in designing your art wall is to measure. This will ensure that your art is properly spaced on your wall and will help you to avoid any unnecessary holes. Before I hung any art, I arranged pictures on the floor so that you can see the configuration and move things around until the placement is perfect. If you can, I love adding a range of decor items to my art wall to mix it up. Here’s, the seaside prints were arranged with a clock that we found on eBay and a shelf from CB2 that helped balance out the wall, but also provided a practical spot to add decorative elements like this oil diffuser.

 

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