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How to Create a Soothing Guest Bedroom with a Soft Color Palette

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Are you ready to create an oasis for your guests? Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! I’m excited to share how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.

This post is sponsored by HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Guest Bedroom Makeover

Our home renovation has been ongoing the last two years. I’ve remodeled or done small makeovers on 90% of our home, but the guest bedroom hasn’t made the cut! Until now.

In this post, I’ll be sharing how I updated our guest bedroom to create a soothing and welcoming space for guests. The key component that lays the foundation for the rest of the room is a soft color palette from the HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams Simply Blissful Color Collection.

I love how these colors work together seamlessly to offer the easiest choice for beautifully coordinated paint colors.

Guest Bedroom Before

Let’s start this makeover with some before photos. When we moved in, the guest bedroom offered this lovely 30 year old stained pink carpet.

Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! See how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.

We replaced the carpet when we updated the entire basement with a beautiful soft grey luxury vinyl floor.

Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! See how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.

After that, I painted the trim without regard for the walls, knowing I would be updating the paint colors eventually. And this is how it has sat for almost a year!

Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! See how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.

The Design Plan: Soft Color Palette

It is finally time to create a space that is welcoming, cozy and serene for my guests! I am excited about using a soft color palette to set the tone for this space. Here is the design plan!

  • Update the walls with soothing Gristmill Greige (HGSW2485)
  • Customize the closet doors and paint with classic Fundamental White (HGSW4001) 
  • Add accents to call attention to artwork with Romance (HGSW2067) 
  • Create a focal point with a faux fireplace mantel
  • Update the room with decor and finishing touches

Step 1: Paint the Walls

If you followed along with this process on Instagram, then you know how impressed I was with this paint! Not only was I covering a dark color with a light color, but I didn’t even prime first. And, it still only took one coat. I am sold!

Gristmill Greige Wall Color

It never ceases to amaze me how paint transforms a space. Updated colors, soothing tones like this soft greige (Gristmill Greige from the HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams Simply Blissful Color Collection), and a room all painted the same color can unify a room so quickly.

Guest bedroom wall color.
Soft color palette in a bedroom.

Step 2: Update the Closet

The next step in softening the color palette in our guest bedroom was to update the closet doors.

Updated guest bedroom closet doors.

You can see the full tutorial for how I added the DIY trim to these flat panel doors {here}.

Updated closet doors.

It was such an easy update that took builder-grade bi-fold doors to a new level. They now feel custom built and a tad more classy.

I finished out the project by painting them Fundamental White. This is a very true white and provides a beautiful bright finish. I love how this classic white brightens the room and breaks up the wall color.

Step 3: Call Out Artwork with Paint

I think my favorite update to this guest bedroom was adding to the soft color palette with this beautiful blush pink called Romance. I didn’t need to question whether or not these two colors would blend perfectly since they are both a part of the Simply Blissful Color Collection. They’ve been intentionally crafted to work together no matter the color combination.

Guest bedroom soft color palette design.

This large wall needed a little umph, even after I tried out this gorgeous artwork above the bed.

Typically, our first instinct would be to add more decor to a space that feels unfinished. But, part of creative haven making is thinking outside the box.

In this case, that literally meant painting a box!

Calling attention to artwork with paint.

I plan to do a full tutorial on how I created this simple addition to my artwork soon.

I love how it draws attention to the artwork, makes it feel larger, and adds a pop of soft color to an otherwise neutral room.

Soft color palette in a guest bedroom.

Step 4: Shop the House + Add Decor

The final step in updating our guest bedroom with a soft color palette was keeping the decor soft and inviting as well.

Guest bedroom decor ideas.

I wanted this guest bedroom to feel like our guest could walk in and claim this space as their own. I didn’t want it to feel like “Sarah’s bedroom,” but rather a comfortable environment that puts them at ease.

So, I chose to keep the decor minimal, the layers cozy, and the amenities thoughtful.

Guest bedroom amenities.

Some light reading materials are always appreciate as guests settle in for the night. And a tray with flowers and drinking glasses are helpful as they wake and start the day.

Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! See how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.
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Next Steps

I absolutely love how this soft color palette from the HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams Simply Blissful Color Collection completely transformed this space!

My next step is to build out our old mantel to create a faux fireplace on the wall opposite the bed. My goal is to add to the ambiance and coziness of this serene space.

Live Tour

Check out my live tour from IGTV! The entire video series will be live on IGTV with all tutorials as well so make sure to follow along!

Stay Connected

Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! I am so excited for my guest bedroom update in partnership with HGTV HOME® by Sherwin-Williams. And I’m looking forward to the next DIY project in this space coming to the blog soon!

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Use a soft color palette to lay the foundation for a soothing guest bedroom! See how to combine colors to create an inviting and relaxing space for guests.

7 Comments

  1. Sarah this room is stunning. It turned out amazing. I followed along in stories and not only did you give me two great ideas/tricks, you gave me some much needed motivation to finish painting my master bedroom. The trick for crisp paint lines was one I had heard before, but using glaze, which makes it too shiny if you prefer a more matte finish, so using the same color over the tape first was a genius ? moment. Also, I cannot believe what a difference painting that box behind the art made… I have a piece of art above my king bed and it never seemed quite done… I think this will do the trick nicely. Thank you for sharing your home and faith always. ❤️

    1. Thank you so much Miranda! Your sweet comment made my day! I’m so happy you like how it turned out. I hope that you love adding some finishing touches in your room too! Make sure to tag me so I can see it if you share on Instagram!

  2. This is so pretty Sarah. Love the simpilcity and the comfort. I think i put to much stuff in mu guest room. I’m going to try for less! Thanks Sarah.Love the color too……..and the bi-fold doors which i have in all three bedrooms. great idea.

  3. Wow! I love how the guest room turned out! You have motivated me to redo some rooms in my house. Your book also gives great tips. I can’t wait to start! Thank you for sharing all your great ideas with us!

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