Truth be told, I get serious stage fright when it comes to talking about plans for a room before we’ve even started on it. Either I’m worried the “vision” isn’t thought out enough yet to declare it to the internet or I’m just plain scared to wear my “decorating heart” on my sleeve. That being the case, I just never do it. But today, in an effort to start talking about more of the “process” of what we do and why we do it, I’m breaking out of my comfort zone and just going to delve right in. Here goes nothing, haha…

As we mentioned in this post, tackling the guest room is on the to do list for the first part of this year. We have a vacation coming up in a few weeks, but when we get back, it’s game on in the guest room. Our first plan of action… a feature wall. Back in the day, I wrote a post about how I was loving planked walls (read that post here).

Planked Walls / 7th House on the Left

After showing Greg a bunch of photos online, he finally warmed up to the idea. Thank you, Pinterest! At first, we were thinking about doing a planked wall in the living room on the wall the TV is on. That wall being so big, we’re now thinking something like white built-ins would really brighten up the room and tie in with the white cabinetry in the kitchen. All of that is for another time and another post. In light of that, we thought a planked wall might make a bigger statement in a smaller room… like the guest room.

Guest Room / 7th House on the Left

I (now we) love the look of planked walls because it’s not too “country” but it still gives you a warm, cozy vibe – which is perfect for a guest room. If you love the planked wall movement, here’s some eye candy for you. Or… if you think we’re absolutely crazy, here’s some examples to try to win you over, haha. Either way, here are some walls we’re using as inspiration…

Planked Walls / 7th House on the Left

Houzz / Cape 27 / Better Homes & Gardens

From what we’ve read, the instillation process of a planked wall is pretty easy – not to mention affordable if you decide to use wood from old pallets. We’re pretty anxious to get started and excited about this room finally coming together. Hopefully it will act as a catalyst for the style in the rest of the house.

Now that we have the feature wall planned out, we have the rest of the room. We’re wanting to go with a “modern rustic” vibe – the same look we’re wanting to capture for the rest of the house as it evolves. We’re keeping all of the furniture that’s in the room now, except the chair in the corner and the rug (which we’re planning on Craigslisting as soon as “Operation Guest Room” begins). We’re not sure exactly how the room will end up in the end, but here’s what we’re loving now…

Modern Rustic Bedroom  /  7th House on the Left

Bed / Art / Chair / Floor Lamp
Pillow / Dresser / Rug / Zinc LettersPlanked Wall

Now for my brain dump… Obviously, the mood board isn’t complete, but it’s colorful, modern and rustic all balled up into one. The current blue wall color will have to change (or else it will end up looking like a circus), but the jury is still out on what color to go with. I think I changed out the rug on the mood board about 10 times. I finally narrowed it down to the one above or this one. The wall art is in the same “color family” as the rug, so even though it doesn’t have yellow in it, they still “go” together… and I’m kind of obsessed with it. The chair has been a favorite for a while, and I think it would really help bring home the “modern” part of rustic modern. It also has a little nod to mid-century which I will always have a special place in my heart for. The pillow in the chair is a little “rustic glam” (in person anyway), which I think might be cool to throw into the mix. Having a big, giant zinc letter somewhere in the room would be neat, and it would bring in something metallic for another texture. Maybe an “R” for “R & R”? The floor lamp is identical to the one we recently scored at Home Goods for $20 and ties in nicely with the bed. Hopefully it will help bring everything together. As for the bed, we think keeping all-white bedding would be fun, but adding some fun Dwell studio throw pillows would be even better. Now, how’s that for a brain dump?

So that’s where are minds are now as far as the guest room goes. Hopefully it makes sense and you all don’t think we’ve just lost our minds, haha. Have any of you tackled a planked wall before? Any tips or tricks to share? 

First image from The Lettered Cottage.