High Point House: Guestroom and Bathroom

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We’re winding down the High Point House Renovation project, and we only have one guestroom and the guest bathroom remodel to talk about! This bedroom is a little different from the others, featuring a daybed and trundle. It’s also a unique style blend of casual-industrial-meets-Mid Century-modern. This room puts emphasis on the often over-looked fact that style and functionality can co-exist in harmony, all it takes is a little creativity and the right pieces!

As for the bathroom re-model, we took what was probably the original bathroom and completely gutted it in favor of a sleek and modern look that complements the rest of the home.

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The room, like most of the others, was pretty much a nice blank space. The paint color wasn’t that bad either, but it needed a refresher. Choosing a wall color can be a tricky thing. Those little paint swatches look lovely in their neat little squares, especially when they’re beautifully presented with complementary or gradient colors. It’s an entirely new story when the color goes up on the walls, and what you thought was the perfect hue soon turns into a color you can’t stand.

Well, here’s the crazy secret: wall color isn’t as important to an overall design as you might think! In keeping with contemporary tastes, light and bright is always in, and the design world can’t get enough of neutrals, especially grays. Unless you have a specific look or plan in mind, going with a vivid or dark color could easily overwhelm a space. Even the warm gray-taupe color originally on these walls was a little dark. When if doubt of a paint color, go with a low-contrast, clean gray. It’ll allow the furniture and accessories you choose to really shine, but will still give the room a finished look.

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This particular daybed is extremely contemporary and unassuming,  lending itself to a multitude of styles. It also looks more like a sofa than your traditional daybed, which is a plus when your designing a room for guests. This space could easily double as a quiet den when someone is not using it as a bedroom. The convenient trundle is well-hidden, offering addition sleeping space without compromising the design.

Dark, espresso finished occasional tables help anchor the space with a little contrast and add a Mid Century vibe. Eclectic elements like the industrial gear table lamps, a few burnt orange accents, and multi-patterned throw pillows create a unique style statement.

The gray-blue wall art references some of the throw pillows’ cooler tones and brings in a rich royal blue–the perfect complementary color to that lovely orange.

To complete the retro/eclectic style, a sleek Mid Century accent chair in white vinyl was chosen for the corner. It’s eye-catching silhouette is balanced by the light upholstery and doesn’t draw an unnecessary amount of attention away from the rest of the room.

Now, for the  bathroom…

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It was every bit 50’s style, right down to the powder-pink sink. For a those who are into preserving a home’s original and authentic look, the sink would have been a nice save. However, giving the bathroom a totally face-lift was necessary for consistency with the rest of the house.

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This strange beige/rose tile probably wasn’t original, and really dated the space, and not in a good way. The cream colored tub speaks for itself.

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The final result is stunning! The cabinets reflect the style of the kitchen will being much more storage friendly than the original cabinet. They also float a good six or so inches above the floor—giving the space a weightless look (plus it’s great for cleaning). A graceful walk-in shower replaces the bulky and dated tub/shower, and those beige tiles are no where to be found! We reconfigured the toilet and made the space into an open storage nook for linens and towels.

Inspired to create a versatile den + guestroom in your home? Or are you interested in a contemporary take on a Mid-Century bathroom update?

High Point House: Two Guestroom Styles

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The next two guest bedrooms in the High Point House are a simple study in interior design; the before photos show that the rooms were in pretty good shape, if not bland. The perfect blank slate! The fun aspect of Mid Century design is that you have room to do the unexpected, and because contemporary trends have evolved directly from the clean and simple lines of the 50’s and 60’s, blending old and new is a breeze. Here are a few quick tips!

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There’s not much to say about the space, other than pointing out the few major things we changed: wall color and flooring. A warm grey updated the room without making it too sterile. That buttery-yellow paint certainly wasn’t the worst shade we’ve come across, but it didn’t do anything to bring the space into the 21st century. The tired carpets were pulled up for a cool beige/grey carpet that had a luxurious geometric texture. The second guest room looked much the same, save for the wood paneled walls that we gave a fresh coat of paint.

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For a guestroom, a welcoming bed is the top priority. It should have a little “wow” factor, and coincide with the rest of the home’s décor. We went a bit more contemporary in this room, opting for a sleek, faux leather upholstered queen bed in a dark brown color. This substantial piece really makes a statement and sets the stage for some lovely contrast.

With a light, neutral bedspread, we went bright and punchy with the throw pillows! That touch of red livens up the space and off-sets the high-contrast theme, adding just enough warmth. That one black and white diamond patterned throw completes the entire bedding ensemble and slyly references that abstract/geometric, creating a sort of visual cadence that moves your eye around the space.

As for the nightstand, we went old school, choosing a beautiful chestnut wood finish and clean lines that are straight out of the Mid Century era. Their rich, ruddy tone plays off those bright red pillows and boldly mixes old and new styles.

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In this light and bright space, we started with neutrals once again. (Really, they’re so beautiful) You just can’t beat soft beige and creams. And yes, they most definitely can go with a light gray wall color! Even though beige and gray are on opposite ends of the cool/warm spectrum, they are still neutrals, so they’ll play nice together. To add a little dimension, we chose a deep midnight blue accent color. It’s not quite navy, which may have been too dark, but it does the trick!

Make your guests feel super welcome and pile those throw pillows high. You really can’t have too many, so give the bed that luxurious and relaxing feel. Between the inviting, elegant neutrals and a natural oak finish bedroom set, this guestroom is understated and refreshing!

The soft and swirling artwork above the bed’s headboard ties in all the subtle colors and textures of the space seamlessly, creating a polished look. Wall art can be a difficult element to get right! Take your time when choosing the right pieces. Instead of building your room around a painting (unless you are absolutely in love) try adding the art last. You’ll have a much better chance of choosing exactly what your room design needs.

Between the inviting, elegant neutrals and a natural oak finish bedroom set, this guestroom is understated and refreshing!

Which guestroom make over is your favorite?