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Guest Bedroom Makeover with Custom Patterns

Bedroom makeover
Sabrina Scrivo / Pink Little Notebook
Sabrina Scrivo, Pink Little Notebook designer stories
A Relaxing Pastel Retreat: Guest Bedroom Makeover
Before and after bedroom repainting
DIY arrow designs on bedroom wall
A Soothing Pastel Retreat

Soft pastels and simple accents have a way of making everyone feel comfortable and pampered. Transform your guest bedroom from blah to beautiful with this interesting feature wall.

TIME
BUDGET
COMPLEXITY
BEHR colour palette
Silver Drop

Silver Drop
790C-2
Colour Details

Whipped Mint

Whipped Mint
MQ3-20
Colour Details

Sweet Pastel

Sweet Pastel
MQ3-39
Colour Details

Alice White

Alice White
MQ3-58
Colour Details

Classy

Classy
MQ5-4
Colour Details

Expecting overnight guests and just realized your spare bedroom is not as sweet and charming as you thought but in fact, dark, gloomy and unpleasant? Don’t fret! Creating an inviting space doesn’t have to be a struggle, especially on a next-to-nothing budget. Simply using pre-existing furniture and the magic of paint can surprisingly transform a blah space into a guest bedroom oasis.

Today I wanted to share one of our recent makeovers that took place in our home located in Toronto, Canada, our guest bedroom. Like most people, I had the typical dated space—dull beige walls, 90’s dated wall border and lifeless looking furniture. But all that changed with a little creativity and some added colour!

Marking area for design with tape
Close-up before painting arrows

Before you begin painting, remove wallpaper, plaster any holes, sand and clean all the walls. Remove any small furniture from the room. For larger pieces like the bed, it makes no sense to dismantle so I find it easiest just to move it to the center of the room.

Choosing the right colours can make all the difference in your project. The key is to work with what you have. Picking colours that complement existing furniture will not only create that cohesive look everyone is after but will make it look like it was there all along.

To add visual interest, I created a fun accent wall using a variety of pastel shades. There is something so relaxing about the lighter shades of the colour palette. The names say it all, Whipped Mint, Sweet Pastel, Alice White! Since I’m working with a low platform bed, I wanted to make this wall the main focal point versus the minimal furniture in the room.

“Choosing the lightest shade of grey Silver Drop, helps to create that warm and inviting soft look in a place of rest and solitude.” - Behr Silver Drop
Marquee paint samples
WHAT YOU NEED
"Before you begin painting, prep your walls for that professional finish."
SHOPPING LIST
  • paint
  • rollers
  • brushes
  • PaintER’S TAPE
  • Paint tray
  • drop cloth
Creating the Grey Arrows

You can either hand paint it all in or re-tape to get straight lines.If you use tape, you need to start off by creating the center point. Once that is painted and dried, then you can go back and tape your arrows.

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BEHR colour palette
Silver Drop

Silver Drop
790C-2
Colour Details

Whipped Mint

Whipped Mint
MQ3-20
Colour Details

Sweet Pastel

Sweet Pastel
MQ3-39
Colour Details

Alice White

Alice White
MQ3-58
Colour Details

Classy

Classy
MQ5-4
Colour Details

To create the tribal arrow graphic, I went into great detail. However, you can adjust according to your own preference or skill level. To start, I created four 20” wide stripes on the wall. Next, you need to find the center point of each stripe. Place another diagonal stripe at 10”.

This is where you can have fun with your design by laying out the areas for your arrows. In order to get an even look on both sides, I used a measuring tape to mark out where each point will meet.

Once everything is painted and dried, remove all the tape.

Taping area for tribal stripe
Tribal arrows taking shape
VISUALIZE it

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Colour Smart
"You can really add your own twist to this unique wall..."

...add as many colours and create many different geometric shapes. It’s all about having fun with it!

THE BIG REVEAL
Finished arrow accent wall
After newly painted accent wall
BEHR colour palette
Silver Drop

Silver Drop
790C-2
Colour Details

Whipped Mint

Whipped Mint
MQ3-20
Colour Details

Sweet Pastel

Sweet Pastel
MQ3-39
Colour Details

Alice White

Alice White
MQ3-58
Colour Details

Classy

Classy
MQ5-4
Colour Details

Once you complete your new accent wall, place your furniture back. To help soften the look of the room, an area rug and drapes always do the trick. I also had some bamboo stools lying around in the house, placing them at the end of the bed serves as a place for your guest to put their overnight bags on and also doubles as a place where you can leave fresh towels and toiletries. There are a ton of little touches to help create the ultimate guest bedroom in your home!

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