Quick guest room makeover ideas

Sep 22, 2010 at 7:53 p.m. ET

If an out-of-town friend called you today and asked to stay overnight at your home tomorrow, would you panic at the thought of her seeing your guest bedroom? Whether it’s full of hand-me-down stuff from other rooms in the house, or simply feels uninspired, it’s time to freshen things up. We’ve got four incredibly chic, stress free ideas for guest room makeovers. Try these quick fixes now and you’ll be able to entertain with confidence throughout the holidays.

Color coordinationColor coordination

Follow this easy formula: Simple, white furniture + accessories in one accent color = an instantly chic space.

This room by New York City based Amanda Nisbet Designs is the perfect example of how to look effortlessly pulled together. Shop for decorative pillows, wall art, and a throw that have one bright color in common. Don't worry if the shade of each piece differs a bit; tone-on-tone decorating looks chic.

The lucite lamps shown here are a modern touch that will match any color scheme you've got going on—such a smart buy.

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