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Guest Bedroom Focal Point | ORC Week 2

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Last Updated on January 12, 2024 by lindseymahoney

Welcome back to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! This week I am focusing on the design of the guest bedroom/office focal point which will determine the choices for the rest of the room – the bed! For this makeover, I am pushing myself creatively and trying to make choices that are a little less safe. I will take you through my entire thought process below!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

Check out the previous five One Room Challenge transformations:

Dining Room | Master Bedroom | Boys Bedroom | Girls Bedroom | Living Room

Guest Bedroom Wall Color

A few months ago I decided on the wall color and painted the walls. I have had a vision of this bedroom design for a while now and so I felt comfortable choosing the color without all of the design finalized. This room has one large bay window that faces south, so it gets a ton of sun throughout the day.

The sun gives this room a lot of warmth, and I wanted to cool it down with a nice blue wall color. Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and Skylight by Farrow and Ball were my top two choices.

Guest bedroom focal point ORC week 2 | Building Bluebird

I chose Skylight by Farrow and Ball and am delighted with how it turned out.

Guest bedroom focal point ORC week 2 | Building Bluebird

Guest Bedroom Focal Point Design Plans

In almost all bedroom designs the bed is the focal point. It tends to be the most important and largest piece of furniture in the room. Even though the guest bedroom doubles as my office, the bed is still the focal point of the space. Once I nail the look of the bed, all of the other design decisions will be much easier.

DIY Headboard Design Plans

Last week I shared the design plans that included a linen headboard for the bed. I still think a linen headboard would look fabulous in this room, but it felt a little safe.

Guest bedroom focal point ORC week 2 | Building Bluebird

Because I plan on DIYing an upholstered headboard, I began researching different patterned fabrics for added interest. Creating a headboard for a king-size bed with patterned fabric is tricky. Most of the patterns I like have a design that goes top to bottom, not side to side.

The standard width of fabric is usually between 48″-54″ and I need 80″ or more for a king headboard. I revised my search to focus on repeating patterns, like buffalo check so I could turn it sideways and you wouldnt know the difference.

I purchased a long buffalo check tablecloth for $20 that would have worked for the headboard and then I saw this inspiration image:

Guest bedroom focal point ORC week 2 | Building Bluebird
Design by Shorebird Interiors

This immediately sent me back to the drawing board. I revised the original bed design and really liked the look of a green headboard. Now I just had to find the fabric!

Guest bedroom focal point ORC week 2 | Building Bluebird

I went to our local fabric store and found this green suede fabric in the bargain bin and brought it home! For three yards of fabric, I spent $27.

With a bold headboard color, I need to be really careful with balancing other colors in this room. I don’t want the space to feel too precious or like a wacky teen designed the room herself.


I plan on using a white quilt comforter and adding a light blue and white checkered blanket at the foot of the bed. Because we are keeping the platform bedframe, I am testing out how it would look with a bed skirt to hide the platform and drawers.

I purchased most of the items for the bed and am crossing my fingers that it turns out how I want!

Check in next week to see how the guest bedroom focal point comes together! Head on over to the  One Room Challenge blog to see all of the awesome design plans of the other participants.

Sleep Center

Thursday 5th of October 2023

The focal point arrangement is spot on! It adds depth and character to the guest bedroom. The thoughtful design makes the room feel inviting and comfortable. Great work on creating a stunning space.

Sleep Center |

Sasha | Newbury Home

Sunday 9th of October 2022

The blue you chose for the walls will be a perfect backdrop against the bright headboard! I can't wait to see it come together.


Sunday 9th of October 2022

Thank you so much! I am eager to get the headboard finished and up in place. :)

Jewel Marlowe

Thursday 6th of October 2022

It is going to look SO GOOD!!!!


Thursday 6th of October 2022

Thank you so much!

Janet Skidmore

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

Looks lovely! As always, you do a fantastic job!