In this post: Looking to add some holiday cheer to the guest room? Find inspiration in these Christmas bedroom decor ideas.⇒
The best part of having a white room is that it never has to be completely white.
In fact, a white room is the easiest space to add color to. You’re not tied to any specific palette or even any particular theme. With that freedom and flexibility comes the incentive to decorate as the mood strikes you.
This holiday season I decided to kick up the guest room a notch.
Christmas Bedroom Decor
It doesn’t take much to change the look in a neutral space. There are a few tricks you can use to add broad swaths of color and character with very simple strokes.
I opted to employ a few of these devices to get as much bang for my buck as possible.
When purchasing new decor, especially seasonal items for the home, I like to select things that can be used in many different ways. I prefer either timeless classics or vintage inspired adornments.
In this room I used a little of both to create a warm and inviting guest space. Here are 6 ways to add holiday cheer to the guest room (or really to any bedroom).
Style a Vignette on the Night Stand
Our predominately white guest room is comprised of a comfortable blend of vintage style mixed with modern. The headboard is updated and the linens are sleek white linen, yet the nightstands are clearly French-inspired.
This makes the side tables the perfect spot for a pretty Christmas village vignette. The naif white ceramic buildings are skillfully enhanced by a couple of ornamented bottle brush trees.
Toss in a bauble or two for good measure, but always take care not to go overboard.
Set a Color Theme with Pillows
For the color palette I leaned to the classic side with tartan plaid punctuated by red. This pairing coupled with the greens in the space are what give it its definition.
Yet I didn’t need to buy all new linens to make a significant impact. In fact I only changed one pair of pillow cases and the primary accent pillow. These two small changes made a huge difference, despite their relative simplicity.
Add Mood with Candles and Fresh Flowers
With palette established and a sweet little village on the opposite night stand, I used the inner side table to create mood and augment the atmosphere.
Fresh flowers are the starting point using crisp white blooms, and a lit candle provides the finishing touch. Both the glimmer of the candlelight and the soothing scent of the fragrance set a tone that’s relaxed and pleasant.
I was going for tranquility, but if you prefer seasonal aromas, select your candles accordingly.
The More Greenery the Merrier
In addition to the greens tucked in with the flowers and an errant sprig on the bed, I wanted to add greenery in a more dynamic manner. I opted for a stately floor vase with lush seasonal branches, richly draping over the edges.
Remarkably, these are faux branches in two different styles and I love them both so much for their realism. I highly recommend starting a collection of the best faux greens you can find, so that in time you’ll have all that you need, and they require no maintenance at all.
Even a Small Tree Can be Festive
I’ve recently fallen in love with diminutive trees, and you’ll find them all around the house, slipped into little vintage zinc buckets or rattan planters. In this room, the character of the antiqued metal container contrasts wonderfully with the organic feel of the tree.
Pop one into any random corner for an instant dose of holiday cheer.
Use Cozy Touches for Warmth
Even a bed expertly dressed in blankets can benefit from a long-haired fluffy throw. This is one of the comforts any winter guest room can be enriched by and it adds an aura of welcome to the space.
Extra pillows in varied degrees of firmness are another nice touch for your guests.
After years of decorating, I’ve vowed at this point to keep most of my rooms largely neutral. From that entry point, I find I can add as much color as I like and embellish with reckless abandon.
And when a season or event has passed, I can return everything to crisp and clean white, give my eyes a rest, and let my muse get inspired for the next thematic period that comes along.
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