High Point House: Guestroom & 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?

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