French Inspired Guest Bedroom Plans

French Inspired Guest Bedroom Design Plans

Today I am sharing some “design plans” I put together for our guest bedroom. I put “design plans” in quotes because I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing when it comes to home decor and design and interior decorating. I honestly have no idea what my style is or how to put a room together. Every room in our house is kind of a mish-mash of thrifted furniture and paint colors that we liked at the time.

That being said, I do feel like I’m getting better at all of this. I guess it’s really just about putting things in your home that you like, right? So our house has less of a themed style, and more of a collection of styles that represent us. And, lo and behold, the more I just go with the flow and let that happen, the more a theme is beginning to emerge.

Earlier this year I put together a mood board for the “design plans” I had for our home office and shared it here. I wanted to decorate the room from start to finish with an actual theme in mind. Well, that didn’t exactly work out as planned. I began working on the room, and then distraction kicked in and I let it sit on the back burner while I worked on other projects for other rooms. Right now, the office is my Room of Unfinished Projects. One whole side of the room is stacked with furniture waiting to be painted… But it’s a pretty enough room for now and it’s conducive to my productivity, so we’ll leave it at that for the time being.

Anyway, on to the guest bedroom!

In the last couple of weeks I’ve started paying attention to the guest bedroom. Right now, it’s decorated with whatever spare bedding, decor, and furniture we happened to have thrown in there. But this week while working on a couple of projects haphazardly, a vision started to come together. So I think I’m gonna give it another shot and actually decorate this room with a plan in mind. It’ll probably take a while as I collect the items and work on each project over time, but I actually have a lot of it done already. Here is what I’ve got in mind.

French Inspired Guest Bedroom Plans

French Inspired Guest Bedroom Design Plans

The walls

When we first moved in, we painted this room and our kitchen/dining area in a super dark gray – Dovetail by Sherwin Williams. I ended up repainting the dining area because it was just too dark and the room is pretty small. But for this room, I think I’m going to embrace the dark moodiness of it (also I will do whatever it takes to avoid repainting walls).


I’ve got a gray French provincial style nightstand that I painted a while back and put up for sale. When no one wanted it, I stuck it in this room, and it actually works really well.


We’ve got a spare dresser in this room that I’ve been avoiding painting because I didn’t know what to do with it. I think I’ll give it a nice makeover like the one in my design board.


I’m either going to recover the seat of this gray arm chair and bring it in here, or bring in a new-to-us chair the I picked up at the thrift store a couple weeks ago. Either way, I figured this room is so small, instead of having two nightstands, a chair on one side would be nice. This also solves my problem of not having two matching nightstands 😉


I’m sure the headboard situation won’t turn out exactly like what I’ve got here, but this is my idea. I would love to find an old headboard that I could paint. Either that, or I could make one, in which case it definitely won’t look exactly like what I’ve got here. So fingers crossed for finding something similar. Right now we’ve got a mattress on a metal frame with no headboard up against the window. I think having a headboard makes it look so much more finished and like a real bedroom.

Bedding and rug

I will be keeping an eye out for similar light gray bedding and a light colored rug to put in here to break up some of the darkness. However, these will be the most expensive things on my list, so they will probably come last since I’m doing this room on a tiny budget.


This room is pretty tiny, but it has two windows that let in quite a bit of light when we actually open the blinds. Right now, I’ve got some curtains hanging that came with me from an old apartment, but they’re too short. A couple months ago I found some beautiful linen-look gray curtains at HomeGoods that I hung up in our bedroom, so I’d like to find a similar set and put them up in here. I want to embrace the moody dark, but also let bring some light into the room, so I’m hoping to find some lighter gray and semi-sheer curtains that will let the sun in. We’ll probably keep the blinds up for actual privacy.

Wall hangings and decorations

Last week I finally hung up a big gold-colored frame that used to belong to my great-grandmother. It had been sitting under the bed because, once again, I didn’t know what to do with it and couldn’t bring myself to commit to hanging it on a wall. We finally hung it up in this room once I started to have a vision in mind. I’m thinking about replacing the painting inside with something a little more modern, or possibly a photo of Paris so that I can go into this room and daydream about France when I feel like it 😉 We’ll see.

I also had a cheap plastic framed mirror hiding under the bed (do you see a trend here?) that I had picked up a while ago with plans to redo it with a wood frame. But after having tried it once and failing miserably (broken mirror, tears and frustration and lots of curse words, and wood frame pieces sitting in a closet for months waiting for me to get the courage to try again…) I decided to go the easy route and just paint the plastic frame. I actually started on this already and will be sharing a quick tutorial here soon once I tackle the second mirror.

Lastly, I’d like to find an old vintage clock to put in here.

So there you have it! I actually have a lot of these projects done already, so it will just be a matter of finishing the others, buying the bedding, rug, and curtains, and putting it all together. Like I said, the last time I tried to decorate a room from start to finish, I failed big time, but you know what they say. If you fail once at decorating a room, just pick yourself up and try again with a different room while ignoring the first one. Right? Something like that.

Here’s my checklist:

  • Nightstand
  • Paint dresser
  • Recover old chair or paint new one for the corner
  • Find an old headboard to redo
  • Buy new bedding
  • Buy new rug
  • Buy and hang curtains
  • Replace painting in gold frame (possibly)
  • Paint and hang gold mirrors

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