Guest Room Mood Board

Now that I’ve finished my master bedroom, it’s time to move on to one of the guest rooms (I have 2). I thought I would try something different and make up a mood board so I can show you the plan for this room. Things may change along the way, but I will share everything that I change/do.

This room is one of my favorites because it has a big, lovely bookcase built-in and crown molding around the whole room. The room is small, just like all the bedrooms, but I can fit all the furniture that is necessary to make my guests (mostly my 2 girls that come home to visit) comfortable. I am starting with a room that has the same swine colored walls as all the other rooms in the house, but there are nice hardwood floors and really good natural light.Guest Room Mood Board |

I am going to use some bold colors in this room…teal (walls), lime green (lamp and accessories), and crisp white (bed linens, bookcase). I don’t want to spend a lot of money, so I will be searching Craigslist for things like a dresser, nightstand, and headboard. *Just a note that I am not affiliated with any of the products shown. They are items I found online that I like for my room.

  1. I will continue using Benjamin Moore White Dove for the trim (that I’ve used in all the other rooms so far), and I will also paint the bookcase with it. The walls will be painted something bold, like Benjamin Moore Slate Teal 2058-20. I’ve never painted a room this bold before, so it should be interesting. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  2. I am going to go with simple bedding, white sheets and a grey coverlet with some pattern on it.
  3. This lamp looks like the lamp that I already have, which is the inspiration for this room, that I bought at Home Goods last year. The color makes me happy when I look at it and I wanted to do something fun with it.
  4. I bought a mirror just like these when I visited Denver in November. I’m hoping to use it on the wall. I also want to get some other artwork but haven’t found any inspiration for it yet. Any ideas?
  5. The bed…I have admired this bed for quite a while and, though I know I won’t be buying this exact bed for the room, I would like to find something similar. Maybe painted white?
  6. I already have a nightstand that is a few years old, and really, there’s nothing wrong with it. I would like to find something else…something simple like this lovely nightstand.
  7. I had grasscloth wallpaper in one of my rooms in my house in Florida, and loved it. I want to try to use it somewhere in this house and I thought maybe I could use it on the back of the bookcase shelves. It might be too much with the bold colors so I’m not sure it will be used this time around.
  8. I want to put some accents of green in the bookcase. I’m looking forward to decorating the bookcase.
  9. Since the bedding will be white and gray, I will bring some of the room’s fun colors into pillows on the bed…like this and this.
  10. I have a dresser in the room now but it’s really too big for the space, and we don’t need anything that big, so I am going to look for something smaller with simple lines…like this.

Ok, that’s the plan. It will be fun to see how well I stick to it. I’ve been thinking about this room since we moved in last July, so I’m pretty sure I won’t stray too far. You never know when you physically start a room what will happen, do you? I’ve got lots to do, starting with pulling out the cracking caulk around the ceiling. Fun times I tell ya (especially when you have to stand on a stool with a boot on your broken foot)! I will check in often with updates.

Have you ever used a mood board when you are redoing a room?

Happy weekend and hope you stay warm.



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  1. Friday,January 24, 2014 / 4:15 pm

    This looks like a wonderful palette that will be cheerful. I look forward to seeing how you create your new room!

    • Kristi
      Friday,January 24, 2014 / 5:11 pm

      Thanks Jennie. I’m a little nervous about the color, but it’s only paint right? I’m so glad you came by to visit.

  2. Monday,January 27, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    I love the “m o o d” board!
    Although I haven’t used one, I do clip photos from catalogs and magazines and safety pin paint chips and fabric samples together. Drop them into my purse and when I’m out shopping, I have them at the ready!!!
    I’m lovin’ the moody teal blue and the gray bedding!!!
    Had you given a thought to some green, leafy ferns or botanicals for art work.
    There are a lot of varitions on the market at the ready!!!
    Also, try the internet for framable poster art!!!
    Sorry to hear about your foot!
    Keep up the renovation and I’ll be back soon to check on your progress!!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 27, 2014 / 8:24 pm

      Hi Pat. That is a great idea you have…taking your clippings, chips and samples with you! I love the idea of using some leafy green ferns or botanicals for artwork! I will definitely check online for poster art…online is my favorite way to shop! I’m busy pulling out the old cracked caulk that is between the ceiling and the crown molding. Ugh…not a fun job. Thanks for visiting with me!

  3. Sunday,February 9, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting from The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday. I don’t know how to create a mood board. I only recently started at Pinterest, shows you how far behind the times I am. I really like the idea of throwing all your inspirations and ideas together in one place where one can look at them and see what shakes out in the end. I am going to add your blog to my list of favorites so I can check back and see your progress. The entire process and the thoughts that go into it, the reasons why people use the things they do, make the selections they do and do the things that ultimately brings their room together, I find it all utterly fascinating. If you haven’t looked at side tables or nightstands at Ikea, you might find something you like that is similar in aesthetics to the West Elm table, but less expensive. Good luck with your project!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 9, 2014 / 11:21 pm

      Hello and welcome from The Shabby Nest. I haven’t been on Pinterest all that long either, but it is very addictive. So much great inspiration out there…I’m sure you will enjoy it. I enjoyed making the mood board and I will probably make one for my next room too, it does help put all your ideas in one place. Thanks for the tip on Ikea. I will definitely check them out when I look for a nightstand. I appreciate your comment and your visit!!

  4. Shirlee
    Saturday,March 1, 2014 / 11:48 am

    The first room I worked on after moving in was the second bedroom which is my husband’s office/guest room. He picked out a bold blue for the walls and I painted the trim white. We added white floating shelves on one wall and and an inexpensive bamboo blind on the window. I still have work to do (as budget dictates) but I can tell you that a bright green/lime looks fantastic with the blue and white. So does red. The DH has a few little collectible cars on his shelves in those colours and they look great against the blue.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,March 1, 2014 / 2:57 pm

      Sounds like your room came out really nice Shirlee. I appreciate your comment because I have been doubting my decision to go bold. Since my house is so small, I want rooms to flow into each other and I’m not sure what will happen if I go bold in one room. After reading your comment about how good your room looks, make me feel better about going bold. Thanks for that! Hope your having a good weekend.

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