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, you'll want to 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.
To keep a paler neutral pink from looking too feminine or vintage, make it look chic and modern by pairing it with shades of deeper purples and charcoal grays.
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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.
Greige can usually look a little more gray or beige depending on how much light comes into the room. Check greige paint samples on all walls and all times of the day and night to see which greige you prefer.
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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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