Before & After – An Inviting Modern Guest Room Office

AN INVITING MODERN GUEST ROOM OFFICE KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Source: Design Milk

All homeowners has to deal with an empty room in their home at some point. Some find it daunting to start from a blank slate, like where do you start? Some empty rooms (usually a spare room) stay unfurnished for long period of time because you’re simply not sure what to do with it. Here’s some ideas to help you begin the journey that is full of self discovery, satisfaction and a result that gets you lots of envy…

If you are THE lucky folks that has a spare room, consider making it multi-functional. In this case, this is room is designed to be a guest room/home office. When designing a guest room, it’s important to lean towards the neutral side (no crazy hot pink wall colors, unless you will only have guests over who love hot pink). Try and think about how your guest will feel staying/sleeping in this room (you can even try it out by spending a night in the room yourself). And keep reading until the end of post for my usual “Get The Look” with items listed if you wish to recreate this look for yourself!

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I love how this bedroom has a TV but it doesn’t scream “I watch TV all day here, and that’s all I only ever do“. A big black rectangular can easily dominates a room when you have nothing else going on. When you look at this room, you don’t just see the TV because oh, hello beautiful mid century modern desk and Fritz Hansen Drop chair!

This setup reminds me of a hotel, like the time when you were in a happy and relaxing vacation. A room works best when it conveys a lifestyle. A lifestyle that is inspiring, admirable and motivational. It makes you go, “I wish my room look like this.

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For a double-duty room like this one, you can’t make your “office area” ultra techy like displaying all your electronic gadgets (CPU, printer). You wouldn’t want your guest to feel like he/she is invading your space or sleeping in your office.

Read about ideas for work spaces including shopping lists

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They definitely upped the ante by having wallpaper in this room. Remember about staying neutral for the space? You probably like your space to look a certain way but a guest room should also be appealing to your guest.

You might be hesitating to put up wallpapers in your house, perhaps because you worry that you might get sick of the colors/patterns. This wallpaper has pink brushstrokes but has enough white to feel more like a piece of art. I love how they contrast the pink with a nail sculpture (one is soft and feminine, the latter is tough and masculine), albeit it looks dangerous. And the copper vase by the bedside is speaking to the wallpaper. A neutral space requires some surprise elements (like the nail sculpture) to help generate personality and fun, I personally love to do “surprises” like these, it makes your room stands out from the rest, in a good way!

See 10 Design Trends For Feature Wall such as Wallpaper, DIY Wallpaper.

Some of the furniture in this makeover were bought from West Elm (like that beautiful desk), we don’t have West Elm in Singapore although they do ship here. Go on and see 12 items you can get locally to recreate this look in your style!AN INVITING MODERN GUEST ROOM OFFICE KATE DWELL IN STYLE GET THE LOOK

1. Paint Strokes Mural Wallpaper // 2. Joran Queen Size Bed // 3. EM House Bird // 4. AJ Wall Lamp Replica // 5. Square Nail Metal Wall Art // 6. Fritz Hansen Drop Chair // 7. Fernando Accent Table // 8. Kendall Walnut Desk // 9. Artisan Linen Charcoal Pouf // 10. Lucite Curtain Rod // 11. Ludde Sheepskin White // 12. Dundee Floor Planter (Short)

There are decisions made for this room that is clearly not for everyone, the wallpaper that has pink (not everyone’s favorite color), the nail sculpture right above the bed, even the Lucite curtain rod! If they were to choose to go beige on beige or just whitewash the room, it wouldn’t be as full of character as it is now. But it’s classy enough to stay within the “functional as a home office yet inviting as the guest bedroom” zone.

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The way I look at soft furnishing is; if you spend a bit more money for better stuff (by better I mean pretty and functional items). Like you can totally see yourself using that pouf, that birdie or that planter in other rooms (such as living room, kid’s room, master bedroom, etc). Even if you don’t need it anymore, you won’t feel embarrass giving it to a friend or neighbor. On the other hand, if you buy cheap things to decorate your room, you’ll find yourself hating it just weeks later. You’ll probably throw it away and then you swear to yourself “do not try this decorating thing again”, it’s pretty demoralizing frankly.

Click here to see the Bohemian bedroom mood board that I did earlier as well as stay tuned for the upcoming 3D reveal of said bedroom (yes, with shopping lists!). I’m aware that some of these amazing pieces are designer piece and doesn’t come with a budget friendly price tag, which makes me wanna do some styling using low priced items (IKEA?). I haven’t started, currently just an idea in my head but we’ll see. ;)

See the mood board for this room on Pinterest.

See previous Before & After – Light And Airy Modern Kitchen

All words by me, images from credited links. This is a non-sponsored post. Items are subjected to availability by respective sellers. Actual price(s) might vary.

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