How to Design a Home Office Guest Bedroom

If you don’t have a spare room, hosting guests can be tricky. That’s why sometimes rooms need to do double duty, serving two purposes or more. One of the most common is the home office guest bedroom combination. While a home office can get daily use, a guest bedroom will be used less frequently; combining the two into one room makes sense and maximizes space. The trick is to make sure neither of the two takes over. When you’re working, you don’t want to feel like you’re in a bedroom, and when your guests arrive, you don’t want to make them feel like they’re sleeping inside an office.

Instead, create a calming atmosphere that gives each purpose its due. Here are six rules for creating a home office guest bedroom with style.

 

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Skip the office super store

The room will look like a cubicle if your desk and filing cabinets are metal. Instead, choose pieces that complement your home décor. You can easily find filing cabinets in a wood finish, and a small desk in the same design style as the rest of the bedroom furniture can help the area feel like one fluid space.

Include enough drawer space

Your guests don’t need to stumble over your tax documents when they’re finding a place to store their pajamas. Lock away private documents in a filing cabinet drawer in your home office guest bedroom. And make sure to have a dresser with one or two empty drawers for guests to use.

 

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Pay attention to the size of the bed

It’s usually the largest object in a room. A king or queen size bed will easily take over. Consider getting a daybed that sits against the wall and looks doubles as a sitting area. One with a trundle will accommodate two people. And if you host more people, an air mattress can easily be stored in the closet for just such an occasion.

Divide the closet storage

You can easily tuck away filing cabinets, office supplies and your wireless printer inside the closet to minimize the office feel of the room. Make sure you save some of the closet space for guests who may want to hang clothes.

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Make it a ritual to clean up

While a home office can become a catchall for mail and stray items, tame the clutter and keep a feeling of calm by creating a daily tidying routine. File away papers, remove items that don’t belong, and take any dishes to the kitchen. You can also choose a desk that folds up when you’re done working.

Create a temporary home office

When guests are expected, remove the items you might need so you can give them some privacy and make them feel welcome, and not like an intrusion. You can create a temporary home office in a kitchen drawer, so you can take care of what ever comes up while you’re entertaining friends.

How to Mix Dining Room Chairs to Create a Unique Look

When it comes to creating a trendy dining room, gone are the days when everything needs to match. Instead, mix dining room chairs to create a unique space that reflects your personality. But how do you know which combinations work and which look like a mismatch? Here are five rules for mixing dining room chairs that will help you to create a look that’s eclectic and stylish:

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Stick to One Shape

Mixing chairs works when you choose one shape and vary the upholstery or finish. For example, choose Parsons Chairs in different colors, or ladder-back chairs that feature different finishes.

Stick to One Color

Create a cohesive look by mixing chairs of the same color. For example, all white chairs around a table offer a bright and clean look. Or a mix dining room chairs in a warm wood finish will work well together.

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mix dining chairs
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Stick to One Style

You can also mix chairs well when you stick to a certain style, such as Mid-Century Modern, Farmhouse or Urban. The result will be visually consistent, setting a tone for the room.

Use a Bench

Consider switching out your side chairs with one or two benches. A bench will create a casual and inviting feel in your dining room, allowing you to make room for everyone.

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Swap Out the Armchairs

Finally, an easy way to mix dining room chairs is to change the end chairs. If your dining room chairs are wood, for example, using upholstered end chairs will instantly dress up the room.

One Dining Table + Four Chairs = Four Dining Room Looks

The holidays are upon us, and that puts everyone’s attention on the dining room. If yours needs an update, one of the quickest ways to get a new look is to add new dining chairs. A basic table can go from modern to farmhouse to casual to urban in an instant when you change the seating. We’ve paired our Claremont Grey Trestle Table with four different styles of chairs to create four distinct looks. Which is your favorite?

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Modern

A casual table gets a modern twist when you choose new dining chairs that are sleek. The NB2 Modern Side Chairs look simple and chic, giving the dining room a sophisticated feeling.

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Casual

The colorful Indigo Parsons Chairs give the dining table a look of casual elegance. The combination of weathered wood and indigo upholstery feel laidback and effortless.

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Urban

Give your dining room an urban twist by choosing Nelson Upholstered Chairs with the look of aged leather. The mix of materials has an energy that is exciting and raw.

new dining chairs
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Farmhouse

Give your dining room a modern farmhouse look by using new dining chairs with a classic spindle back style in black. The Windsor style will quickly become a family favorite.

How To Choose Art Over a Sideboard

A sideboard is a versatile piece of furniture. A natural item for the dining room, it also works effortlessly in a family room as a media center, in a foyer as an accent piece or in kitchen as added storage. Adding art over a sideboard can change the look of your space in a snap. From casual to urban to modern and traditional, art allows you to show off your personality and sense of design. Here are four distinct looks that come from using the same sideboard paired with four different pieces of art.

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Casual

Set a casual tone by combining this grey sideboard with a foggy cityscape. The muted colors are a nice complement to the distressed finish of the sideboard, creating a relaxed atmosphere in your space.

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Farmhouse

The grey sideboard works beautifully in a modern farmhouse style home. This charming sign is the perfect accent and sentiment where family is the centerpiece.

Art Over a Sideboard

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Modern

The grey sideboard gets a modern twist when it’s paired with moss and chrome art. The mix of textures and materials add an unexpected twist to your décor.

 

Art Over a Sideboard

Art Over a Sideboard
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Traditional

Give the dining room a traditional touch when you pair the grey sideboard with an elegant floral print. The art over a sideboard has soft colors that create a calm serene look in your dining room.

How to Furnish a Small Dining Room

A small dining room can feel cozy or it can feel cramped … it all depends on how you furnish it. Interior design professionals have a lot of methods for making a small space seem more spacious. Give your diminutive dining room the atmosphere of quaint café or bistro by incorporating these four tricks:

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Choose Small-Scale Furniture

Small rooms require small-scale furnishings, as anything oversized will overpower the surroundings and make it look crowded. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least 32 inches from the edge of the table to the wall to allow you and your guests enough space to navigate around it. Once you measure your room, you’ll know your table choices. A round table is a great option because it leaves extra space around the corners of the room. Round doesn’t have to limit your guest list; if you like to host large parties from time to time, simply choose one that has a leaf.

A narrow rectangular table can also be a good choice if your room is small but longer on one side. Look for a table with a pedestal base; this can be helpful for fitting guests around the table because table legs won’t block corners and limit your room. And consider armless chairs, which take up less room. Allow 24 inches of space per person, to provide enough elbowroom. Sleek styles seem to take up less room, sliding in and out without a problem.

Limit Your Colors

Light wall and upholstery colors will make your room seem open and airy. Limit your palette to three colors or less. A more monochromatic scheme will provide an uninterrupted field of vision, making the room feel larger. Contrasting colors should only be used as accents, such as trim on furniture, rugs or art.

 

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Choose Light Or Clear Materials

While dark colored furniture can work in a small space, lighter woods will make the room feel lighter. Another great choice is a glass-top table, which virtually disappears, giving you the impression of having more floor space. Chrome and mirrored furniture are two more good choices, as they reflect light and open up the space. A mirrored buffet table, for example, will give the room some depth and make it feel spacious.

Forget the Smoke and Just Use Mirrors

Finally, make the room look twice its size by placing a large mirror on one wall. It opens up the space and maximizes the light. Placed opposite a window, it will provide a reflection that gives the illusion of another view.