Look to Nature for Inspiration in Choosing Wall Colors

September 16, 2013

What is the best color for a guest room, whether it’s a dedicated suite or a part-time office? Well, the simple answer would be: Choose a tone that complements the rest of your custom home’s decor. Restful neutrals are always appropriate. However, that doesn’t mean white, and neutral need not be boring.

Always take into account the light in the room; but realize that a guest room is most often used at night, with artificial light. Colors should be soothing, but should have some character.

Choose Colors From Nature

The newest popular decor colors are gathered from nature: Beachy hues can include the colors of sand and sea, shells and dunes grass, fog and mist, and storm cloud grey. If that palette appeals to you, choose a tone for that guest room that will provide a seamless transition rather than a stark contrast with the rest of the house. You might choose a lighter or darker shade of a favorite hue.

A mid-tone charcoal, or even navy, would be dramatic with a white ceiling, white woodwork, and light carpet. Pale bedding would encourage bright accents.

Add Drama with Accents

Desert sand colors tend to be a little more intense than beach tones, and also invite more vibrant accents. A taupe wall complements wood trim and doors and allows colorful accents in a range of tones. Likewise, a dusty green would be attractive, with accents of yellow, off-white and cactus-bloom coral. Turquoise is reminiscent of the Southwest; terra cotta and weathered grey-browns can hint of fence posts, rusty gates, and wagon wheels. Off-whites could be reminders of passing clouds or bleached bones.

What you add to the room, however, determines the true success of your guest room. A comfortable bed, of course, goes without saying, even if its a convertible sofa or a futon. Fluffy towels, grooming supplies, fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit, current magazines or the local paper — the only consideration is how long you want your guests to stay!