House Tour: The Guest Room

I swear, I’m going to finish this house tour. Soon. There are only three rooms left!

At the top of the stairs, our master bedroom is on the left, and a short hallway is on the right. In a strange twist, the whole upstairs, other than the bathrooms and our bedroom, has nice, glossy hardwoods. Why couldn’t those be downstairs?!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hallway

At the end of the hallway, there are two smaller bedrooms and a guest bathroom. Both rooms are basically square, and they were just boring when we moved in. The room on the back of the house was set up as an office, but since it had the smaller closet, we decided to use it as a guest room.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - The office

It was very YELLOW.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Move-in pictures - Office closet

I knew I wanted our guest room to be moody, cozy and calm, and I had my heart set on dark gray walls with a neutral color palette. These were my two favorite inspiration photos:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Erika Brechtel's dark gray guest room via Small Shop Studio

Erika Brechtel’s dark gray master bedroom from Small Shop Studio

I tested three dark grays by Benjamin Moore.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Benjamin Moore dark gray paint samples

From left to right: Ashland Slate, Englewood Cliffs and Gray Shower (all Benjamin Moore)

My favorite was Ashland Slate, but with only one (albeit large) window, I was a little worried that the dark gray would swallow the room. Obsessing, I sent pictures to my coworkers for opinions. One of them suggested some bright white crown molding and a picture rail to break up all the dark color. When I came across this inspiration photo, the heavens parted:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Dark gray bedroom with white trim via Houzz

Scot Meacham Wood Design via Houzz

It was such a good idea! And lucky me – I have a handy husband who just happens to have a handy father. The two of them cut and installed the trim in just one weekend, and a week later, our painters added the charcoal gray and some glossy white trim paint. So, here’s what the room looks like now:

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and neutral color palette

The white curtains (which need to be hemmed), sheepskin rugs and accent pillow are all from Ikea, of course.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls

I don’t really like much else in the room. I don’t mind the quilt, which I got on clearance from Target years ago, but I ultimately want to replace it with a white pintuck duvet cover. I’m vowing not to replace any of the other bedding until I get our queen-sized bed out of our room and into the guest room, though.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls and white picture rail

The wood nightstands and dresser were Brad’s from his college bedroom, and while they’ve had a good run, I’m ready to say goodbye to them. It might be worth painting them, but they’re not solid wood, so I haven’t really decided yet. I’m not in any huge hurry.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Guest bedroom with dark gray walls, and white picture rail and crown molding

I really, really love the wall color and the trim, though. It actually may be the sunniest room in the house, so the charcoal shade is never gloomy or overwhelming.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bright guest bedroom with dark gray walls and sheepskin rugs

It’s the room I spend the least time in, but I think some day it might end up being one of my favorites!

So, have I gotten close to my inspiration photos yet? Should I ditch the furniture, or paint it?

     

  • http://www.allieseverydayadventures.blogspot.in/ Allie

    I actually really like the bedspread and purple against the gray! Looks great so far!

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Thanks, Allie!

  • Lauren

    I really like how the paint color turned out, it looks great with the crown molding and picture rail.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Thank you!!

  • Lauren

    I love the paint color! Honestly, the walls and bed are so beautiful right now, it’s easy to overlook the furniture! lol.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I hope so! :) Thank you!

  • http://www.bricolageblog.com/ Bri

    Loving your house tour! With the new paint color, your guest bedroom is every bit as inspirational as your inspiration photos!

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Aww, thanks, Bri! 

  • http://alexinhighdef.blogspot.com/ Alex Hubbard

    Oh thank god you finished my room. I was getting really concerned I’d have to sleep on the floor.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      We would never put you on the floor!

  • http://profiles.google.com/shortofsomething Sara R

    I love the trim and the paint color. I think the furniture definitely has potential, maybe along with painting it you could get new hardware for it.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I hope so! That’d be easier than replacing it for sure. :)

  • http://www.mollyeverafter.com/ mollyml05

    Looks awesome! I love the white trim against the charcoal.

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Thank you!

  • Jessica

    So helpful!! We were also trying to decide about Ashland Slate for our bedroom. I appreciate you allaying our fears. (This is Ashland Slate, right?)

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      Yup, that’s Ashland Slate in eggshell. We also used it in an oil-based satin on our kitchen cabinets: http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com/2012/12/10/baby-steps-updating-the-kitchen/

  • Angel

    Where did you get that gorgeous bed frame?

    • http://www.glitterandgoatcheese.com Steph F.

      I bought the headboard on Overstock many, many years ago. The frame is just a regular metal one. I’m not using either of them anymore, if you’re interested in buying them! ;-)