Attic Guest Room The Victorian House

Guest Room Color Scheming

I recently worked on the guest room as part of a styling shoot. It’s super cute as it is, but I’d like to make a few changes and to bring it to the next level. It’s so close to completion that I want to continue working on it to see it through! The furniture is all new, and all from the same source. Obviously, that’s great for a shoot, but for real life it’s missing the soul and patina that antiques and vintage pieces bring. The lamps are good and I like the bed and bedding, but the curtains are not great (especially if I’m keeping that antique portrait above the bed — the rod cuts right across it).

It’s a funny space, all angles and textured plaster. The entire third floor had been painted bright white before we bought the place, but I think this attic bedroom would be perfect as a cozy space rather than trying to force the light and bright thing that doesn’t come naturally because of the architecture.

Guest Room Color Scheming

Guest Room Color Scheming

When our house had been split into apartments, the third floor had a main living room with a large closet, a kitchen with enough room for a small table, tiny bathroom, and two bedrooms sans-closets under the eaves. We’re using the kitchen as a craft room, and the main living area was a playroom for us that I’m now transitioning into my office (still waiting on major pieces to arrive). The bathroom got a makeover with a hand-painted tumbling blocks pattern, and the smaller of the two bedrooms hasn’t really been touched.

Some of it is farther along in my head than in real life, but this is a rough representation of the layout with color and design choices.

Third Floor Color Scheming

A lot of what you see in that board represents actual furniture and finishes, but not everything. Specifically, I’m talking about that black nightstand. It’s one a refinished vintage pair of nightstands, and I’m in love! My kids use the guest room for sleepovers though, and they aren’t always kind to lovely, smooth finishes. I found an inexpensive set on the Facebook marketplace with similar lines and I’m painting them black. They’re currently in the garage awaiting their third and final coat.

Vintage Nighstands to be Painted Black

So now I’m trying to home in on the wall color. I’m thinking a deep, muted teal, but I also love olive green, mustard, and brown. Not gray, and surprisingly, not pink! I saw a blue room with black trim at the Lake Forest Showhouse last month (I’ll recap it soon), and I’ve been wondering if that’s a combination I need in my life.

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  • katwachter80
    June 8, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    From one vaulted ceiling owner to another, if you’re going to paint it dark, paint the ceiling as well as the walls. We have a vaulted ceiling in our master, and a few years ago I painted the walls a dark salmon pink, which was lovely, but looked dumb with the white ceilings. It just accentuated the awkward lines of the room. If you paint the ceiling as well, it seems like it will create a cozy, womb-y room.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Yes! Thanks for bringing that up. On the third floor, I’ve painted the walls and ceilings the same color each time because there are so many angles and undefined edges.

  • Tiffanie
    June 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I wondered where you put the CB2 daybed. Looking forward to seeing that space too.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

      Yep, it was in the guest room before I brought in the larger bed. I thought about selling it, but it could be good in the room directly across!

  • Peggi
    June 9, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Haha. Regardless of where you land, I love the bed strewn with inspiration! Muted teal would make those lamps sing, but olive green is whispering to me… Also wondering about the CB2 daybed…Good stuff.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

      It would be good either way, but as much as I keep looking at other colors, I keep coming back to the teal.

  • Alyssa
    June 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Love the blue and gold! I can definitely imagine teal with that. Have you considered using two similar colours for walls and ceiling? I can attest to the “womb-y” feeling it makes.

  • thecomebackhouse
    June 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I’m a sucker for greens, but personally not bold enough for teal or blue–so I’d love to see what you could do with either of those colors in this space. Black trim though, I’d be all about that!