Guestroom Glam: Creating a Stylish Guest Room on a Budget

Like many of you, I put myself through college, and can easily recall having $150 to stretch for an entire semester for my entertainment budget.  The budgeting skills I developed during my lean years honed solid bargain-hunting habits.  I still love a bargain, and I especially enjoy using my skills to benefit my clients, helping them stretch their hard-earned dollars when decorating their homes.

Recently I worked with a young client who hired me to decorate her guest bedroom.  She had allocated $1,000, which is a tight budget when starting from scratch and without furnishings.  My client wanted all new furnishings, linens and accessories, further challenging her budget.  With careful planning and thoughtful shopping, I brought this project in under budget at $964.  Here’s how I did it.

My first consideration was helping my client define her style.  The guest bedroom was painted a dark plum color, which my client loved and wanted to keep.  With this “glam” color choice in mind, I created on-trend balance with cool tones of light grey and sliver in the furnishings and accessories.  To further neutralize and complement the bold paint choice, reflective accessories featuring metal, beading and mirrored surfaces were selected.

My client’s guestroom offered a very large walk-in closet and private bathroom, providing plenty of clothing and accessory storage space, so we didn’t need to have a large bureau or dresser in the room.  A queen bed, nightstand, reading chair and bench were selected.  To emphasize comfort, the bed, reading chair and bench were all upholstered.  Nailhead trim on the bed panels and bench enhanced a luxurious, glamorous style.

We saved money by utilizing existing window hardware, and simply removing the old brown curtains and replacing them with airy white shears and patterned grey panels.  I also purchased a bedding set that included pillow shams and throw pillows, providing savings on bedding accessories.  Additionally, my client already had a queen mattress set that was in great shape, further stretching her budget.  The statement piece in this room was the queen panel bed, purchased new for just $250 from Hayneedle.com, with free shipping.

The final result is a very comfortable and elegant guest room that didn’t break the bank.  With a little careful planning and strategic shopping, you too can offer your guests a stylish retreat that only looks expensive.