Adding Vintage Americana Style to a Guest Bedroom

A homeowner with frequent out-of-town guests offers a cool, casual place to temporarily call home.
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February 18, 2016

American Dream

By layering light and dark blues, a unique mix of patterns and classic American style, this guest bedroom puts a cool, casual spin on Americana.

Patriotic Color Palette

To ground the sleeping area, the wall above the bed is covered in a vintage canvas American flag. To keep the American palette consistent, the room is accented with pillows and accessories in different shades of red, white and blue.

Guest Room Closet

A walk-in closet covered in white walls, shelves and hanging rods offers a bright place to keep guests' belongings neatly organized and tucked away.

Sweet Sitting Area

To encourage conversation between the homeowner and her guests, a pair of midcentury modern chairs upholstered in white leather were placed across from the bed and flanked by a Moroccan side table. 

Bring on the Blue

From the floor up, the entire guest room is wrapped in shades of blue. A basic queen bed frame is dressed with blue and white linens and placed in the corner to create a cozy niche. Touches of red are placed throughout the room to coordinate with the oversized American flag.

Moroccan Addition

For an unexpected touch, the seating area was designed with a hand-painted wooden table found in Morocco. To put a fresh spin on classic American style, try throwing something into the mix that adds an element of surprise and makes it unique.

Unique Wall Hanging

Due to a limited budget, it was necessary to get creative when adding art to the room. For less than $10, a classic paisley tapestry was stretched over wood trim and then stapled along the back. This creates a striking focal point that draws guests into the space.

Touch of Brass

An old midcentury-modern dresser was transformed to fit the space by painting its drawer fronts in different shades of blue, creating an ombre effect. To save on budget and keep some of the dresser’s original charm, its existing brass drawer pulls were removed, polished and then put back on.

Classic White Curtains

To keep the room feeling light, bright and casual, its windows are dressed with ultra-white cotton draperies. Basic white cotton is an excellent fabric choice for creating custom window treatments with minimal expense. Commonly found for less than $12 per yard, cotton is a fraction of the cost of higher-end fabrics like linen and silk.

Canvas American Flag

When budget is tight in a bedroom, consider using canvas flags in place of headboards. Here, a corner was turned into a comfy sleeping nook by dressing the area above the bed with a 7-foot-long canvas American flag, which inspired the room’s palette and overall vibe.

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