Guest bedroom

A green, black and white bedroom by Ghislaine Viñas

It seems that most guest or B&B bedrooms I’ve been to in Australia (and a few in the US) feature many of the same things: frills, lace, floral vintage eiderdowns, heavy four poster beds, Aubusson-imitation rugs by every piece of furniture, dried flowers in floral vases, floral curtains… (all very toxic to a dust-allergic couple!).

Now that I have a room for guests and family visiting, my plan for the guest bedroom is vastly different:

A green, black and white bedroom by Ghislaine Viñas

A green, black and white bedroom by Ghislaine Viñas

After seeing this carefully edited, deceptively simple and uncluttered bedroom above by Ghislaine Viñas, I’ve always wanted a guest bedroom in lush, fresh and sharp tones of green, black and white.

Green, green, green

A while back there was a discussion in design blogland about how tacky imitations are and how one should strive for one own’s interior delight. But I think there’s a level of imitation that is acceptable, even laudable, especially when it’s not the entire room imitated, but the feel, the colours, the shapes. The ideas.

More inspiration photos from Flickr:

Acid green bedroom, via Flickr: m74reeves

Acid green bedroom, via Flickr: m74reeves

Lime green bedroom with papaya bedhead, via Flickr: Merrypics

Lime green bedroom with papaya bedhead, via Flickr: Merrypics

But this is the shade of green I love. The deep, rich, verdant green

Bedroom with deep green walls, via Flickr: my imaginary boyfriend

Bedroom with deep green walls, via Flickr: my imaginary boyfriend

White bedroom with deep green upholstered bedhead, via Cottage Living 06

White bedroom with deep green upholstered bedhead, via Cottage Living 06

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5 Comments

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    kim.

    3 September 2008

    Love the new banner and the blue background! Oh, and these photos rock – green is one of my new fav colours. I also spot a bargello in the last photo. :)

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    andrea of ffft

    7 September 2008

    I think the top bedroom is gorgeous! And the rest as well. I totally agree, I don't know where these B&B people get their design sense from (or lack thereof)… We have this mansion here that has been trying for years to make it as an upscale inn, and has switched owners at least four times in ten years. The outside is STUNNING but every new owner does it up in a different version of "country garden" tacky that just boggles the mind. I would love to get my hands on it but they always seem to think they are doing a much better job than the last owners. Oh well.

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    drey

    7 September 2008

    kim: thanks! i like it too :) yay for bargello :) still only have one of them… love your collection!

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    drey

    7 September 2008

    andrea: well, the B&B is supposed to be other-worldly … so some choose to go totally frilly, oldy, dusty… hehe and some (like me) would go really uncluttered, clean yet comfortable… (also, other-worldly and totally foreign for some)hope u one day get a chance to at least do up that mansion. sounds like an awesome opportunity. maybe you should put it to them! (or start filling their letterbox with well-done interiors)

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