How to Create a Hotel-Worthy Guest Bedroom, According to Designer Erin Wheeler

Take a sneak-peek at her design plan for the guest bedroom in the Real Simple Home.

Erin Wheeler, Designer
Photo: Courtesy of Erin Wheeler

Erin Wheeler started the Sunny Circle Studio blog in 2018 to document her DIY projects around her home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Now she gives home-styling tips on Instagram. She likes to mix midcentury and geometric items for a bright and inviting effect. This year, she's designing a serene guest room with a subtle tropical feel in the 2022 Real Simple Home. You'll have to wait until September for the full reveal, but take a peek at her design plan, below.

Erin gravitates toward used—we mean preloved!—art, and designs spaces around those finds. For the guest room, she was inspired by the colors in a botanical print series. The peach, olive, and navy palette, capiz-shell pendant light, and a raffia nightstand will create an elegant, kitsch-free beachside haven.

Erin's Design Plan:

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Shell Yeah!

Capiz Shell Pendant Light
Serena & Lily

A pendant light made of capiz shells brings a diffused glow.

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Swanky Sleeper

Joybird Lotta Bed With Green Upholstery

A velvet headboard will give guests five-star-hotel vibes.

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Hooked on Storage

Wooden Wall Hooks
West Elm

In a room with a small footprint, a peg rack will provide ample hanging storage. "When I stay in a hotel, I always wish there were more hooks," Erin says.

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Peachy Keen

Valspar Peach Champagne Paint

The peach wall shade is calming and sophisticated—perfect for a guest room—and will accentuate the cool olive and navy tones in the decor.

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Holding Pattern

Checkerboard Rug
Lulu and Georgia

Trendy checkerboard is one of Erin's favorite patterns. Graphic and versatile, it plays well with other design styles.

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