A Well Designed Guest Room Under 1K


Designing a room from scratch or re-doing a room entirely can be both daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!

I believe in shopping small and reaching for quality over quantity, but the reality is, it’s not always possible. That said, there are so many great small and large retailers out there who offer great design options for less and if you find the right pieces, you can create a space of your dreams.

I’m excited to share this guest room design concept that includes a queen size mattress, bed frame, and all the necessary furniture and accessories one would need in a guest space — all under $1,000. I’ve sourced each item below so you can purchase and create in your own home! If you do … I would love to see it! Tag #ASFindsInRealLife.

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01 — IKEA is a great resource. I say … Learn to love it. They have great pieces at a great price that can be used and designed in a space well. This standing coat/shoe rack is no exception! It’s inexpensive and is perfect for a guest to hang their coat at the end of the day, their wet towel, and to place their suitcase or bag(s), on.

02 — Adding a throw adds instant coziness and texture. This waffle-weave throw from Amazon Home in grey is the perfect addition to a white bed.

03 — I love Benjamin Moore’s paint colors. Use an unexpected color for a single board and batten wall behind the bed. I suggest “Snow White” for the rest of the room by BM :).

04 — Throw pillows! It’s a minimal way to add some pops of color and visual interest.

05 — Adding in a faux leather lumbar pillow is a great way to add variety of material to any space.

06 — Why go for a traditional nightstand? If storage isn’t top priority, opt for a cheaper nightstand option. This stool is the perfect size for a little lamp, a book, and a place to house a charging phone. PLUS, the top of the stool is wood, which most definitely warms up a space, especially when there is so much white, metal, and negative space.

07 — The bed frame! It defines the room. It’s the piece I start with in any bedroom. Headboards are sadly underrated. I particularly love this one due to the curved sides. It reminds me of the traditional schoolhouse chairs.

08 — Lighting to me is everything. It makes or breaks a space. I only use overhead lighting if I have to (such as the chandelier in our dining room), because it can be so harsh. The harsh lighting comes from spot lights. If you can find a lamp like this one (globe), or a lamp with a shade that has an open top, it lets the light out and into the room from the bottom up — therefore it bounces off the ceilings and into the rest of the room.

09 — Foam mattresses I have come to find are the best option, especially for a guest room. You never know if someone is into a hard mattress or soft — so allow the mattress to help!

10 — Don’t let white scare you. It’s versatile, clean, matches any type of sheet and room decor AND can be thrown in the wash using bleach. It’s easier to clean than one would think!

11 — Who doesn’t love a good classic striped sheet? Add in a patterned sheet set to pair with the white quilt (or duvet).

12 — JUTE. I am all about the jute. The rug hides stains and any dirt/messes that may come into the room (so it’s low-maintenance), the natural neutral color again, is incredibly versatile and the texture is there! Try it out and see how it can warm up your space.

13 — More texture, more neutral color. Add inexpensive baskets like this one from Target to house additional blankets and other items so the room looks polished.

Thirteen. Thirteen items under 1K — amazing right? Now, I know there are no paintings/art and other plants and florals, but this is something that you can find in your house and repurpose an item OR over time you collect these things. Head to a flea market or a vintage shop and see what you can find to add! That’s always fun.

Hope you found an item (or two, or all), that you like! Happy decorating!

— A