Creating a serene, tranquil guest room starts with the walls. Paint can set the mood for a room and act as a canvas for the rest of your decor. When it comes to guest bedroom paint ideas, aim for a color that's universal and soothing. Though a guest room may be infrequently used, the right color palette won't disturb your guests and is easy to decorate around.
Once you've settled on a color, consider the accessories. A guest room should feel deliberate and purposefully styled, not thrown together using castoffs because your guests will feel more comfortable in a space decorated with thought. Make your guests feel welcome by spending time creating the ideal, relaxing space with little extras that help your house feel like home.
- Color Family: Light and dark neutrals, soft pinks and greens, enduring navy and brown
- Complementary Colors: Varies, consider the undertone of the neutrals for a complementary color
- Pairs Well With: Most pair with bright white accessories and trim, but also try blue and green hues
- Mood: Tranquil, comforting, cheery
- Where to Use: Walls, accent walls, floors, furniture
Here's a roundup of our favorite 13 paint colors that are perfect for a guest space.
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Benjamin Moore's Pelican Gray (1612) is gentle and quiet like a shade of white, but not quite as luminous. It's a light, airy gray that adds a bit of dimension and depth while maintaining that bright, open feel. It's a soothing, misty color that feels restful and pairs well with neutral or bright whites or blue hues. It's also a great choice for a guest room that doubles as an office.
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One of the first steps in creating the perfect guest room is to decide on its theme. If your goal is to create a tranquil, modern space that's thoughtful and minimalist, then white is a great choice. The Spruce's First Frost (SPR-25) is a bright but warm white paint that's cozy while it still lights up a room. It's a neutral, fresh paint color that works with nearly any decor and creates a blank canvas for your room.
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Even though green is a soothing color, choosing the right shade for a guest room can be challenging. You'll want to find a color that adds the right amount of pigment without being overpowering. Benjamin Moore Serene Breeze (449) has just enough green to give the room a sense of freshness, but with a hint of blue to make it breezy and light. Serene Breeze could be the foundation of a nature-inspired guest retreat filled with greenery.
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Warmer than white and dreamier than beige, Sherwin-Williams' Crisp Linen (SW 6378) is the perfect blend of off-white and neutral beige. This warm white has strong yellow undertones and is a good choice for a more traditional guest room. It pairs best with crisp whites that create a stark contrast. Add a handful of throw pillows in neutral tones to create texture and visual interest with this homey, inviting color.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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You may think pink is too polarizing a color for a guest room but it doesn't have to be. Magnolia's Ella Rose is a soft neutral pink that appears almost white in larger spaces. It's also the ideal choice for a room that needs a slightly feminine touch without feeling like a child's bedroom. Pair this shade with grayed woods or rustic shabby chic furniture for a modern farmhouse feel that's universally inviting.
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Behr's Very Navy (M500-7) isn't a subtle color, but it's a rich one that creates an instantly chic and tranquil bedroom. This dark blue shade is a great choice if your guest room has wainscoting. Paint the top half of the walls with this strong color, the bottom with bright white paint, and you'll have a nautical-inspired palette that's perfect whether or not you live anywhere near the ocean.
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Taupe is a good choice for a guest room because it's neutral and calming. The Spruce Best Home's Seasonal Taupe (SPR-23) is a medium taupe with strong gray undertones. We envision this color working beautifully in a modern-style guest room with ample natural light and bright white trim.
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Purple is a regal color that's both energetic and calming. Farrow & Ball's Calluna (No. 270) is a heathered lilac shade that's subtle enough to work well in nearly any guest room, but still provides enough pigment to add a healthy dose of color. It feels sophisticated without being stuffy and is a lovely choice for a midcentury modern-inspired guest room.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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While it's important to pick a shade that won't jolt your guests, you're free to experiment with colors you might shy away from in busier, more frequently used parts of your home. We love Sherwin-Williams' Peppercorn (SW 7674) for either an accent wall or an entire space. Though it's a deep charcoal shade, it's on the warm side and is surprisingly welcoming. In a small room, a dark shade like Peppercorn will add visual depth and can make the room feel more open and spacious because the eye won't detect any shadows or corners.
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Subtle and serene, Sherwin-Williams' Windy Blue (SW 6240) coordinates beautifully with traditional decor. With its rich gray undertone, Windy Blue could also work in a contemporary-style guest room design. Pair it with a barely-there light gray or a deep navy. It's also a perfect choice for a beach-themed guest room.
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When you can't decide between gray and beige, greige comes to the rescue. Behr's Wheat Bread (720C-3) is a crisp greige tint that reads tan or beige in low light and gray in well-lit spaces. It's a lovely choice for a guest room because it provides a neutral backdrop for nearly any decor style.
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When guests arrive at your home, you want them to feel welcome—and most importantly, happy to be there. Clare's Lemonade is a cheery yellow that's just bright enough to add a pop of color to your guest room, but still muted and subtle enough not to feel too fiery or flashy. Add soft and subtle green accents and a vase of fresh-cut flowers on the nightstand. There's no way your guests won't feel happy every time they wake up.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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Brown is a classic choice for a traditional-style guest room. Valspar's Garden Walk (3010-9) is a neutral chocolate brown that's rich and cozy. It works well in guest rooms of all sizes and plays well with calming beige or blue. Add in a few solid wood pieces, and you'll have a comfortable guest room fit for family and friends.
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