Orlando Soria Shares 6 Ways to Give Your Guest Bedroom a Refresh


If you’ve been neglecting your guest bedroom of late, Orlando Soria, the host of HGTV’s Build Me Up, is here to help. The L.A.-based interior designer just teamed up with Minted and West Elm to style (and refresh) a guest room using patterned pieces of furniture from the brands’ joint collection, which features 14 upholstered pieces in more than 2,000 silhouette, pattern color, and leg finish options. Fun fact: Each textile is designed by an artist in Minted’s global community.

Here, Soria shares six cost-effective—and stylish—ways to make sure your guests feel right at home when they sleep over.

Orlando Soria’s updated guest bedroom featuring Minted and West Elm designs.

Photo: Orlando Soria

You can’t go wrong with paint

The paint color can make or break a room, Soria says. “Paint is the easiest way to make a huge transformation in a space without spending a lot of money,” he says.

Tip 1: If you don’t want to paint an entire room, consider painting the trim around the ceilings, windows, or doors. “This gives the space structure,” he says.

Tip 2: Balance your wall color with the rest of the elements in the room. “A general color rule for me: If I go really bold or saturated with a wall color, I want the bedding to be neutral,” he says. “You don’t want too much competition.”

Invest in a good bed and mix-and-match bedding

As a good host, where—and how—your guests sleep should be a priority in the guest room, Soria says. “An upholstered bed is super welcoming and fun,” he says. “It feels youthful and fresh.”

Tip 1: Consider mixing and matching your bedding. “Everyone always compliments me on my bedding, but it comes from everywhere. Some of it is high-quality linen bedding from Parachute, and some is from IKEA,” he says.

Tip 2: Make the bed with care. “The reason people think my bed is so high-end is that the way I make it is intentional in terms of the number of pillows and even the way the blanket is folded back,” he says. “Having these elements of layers and textures tricks people into thinking the bed is fancy!”

Leave the (right) light on

The best guest rooms have a light switch right near the door and a bedside lamp. “If there’s room, add a standing lamp too,” he says.

Tip 1: The lower the lighting is in a room, the more inviting it will be. “That’s why it’s best to place a lamp on top of a dresser,” he says. “That ensures light isn’t coming straight down from the ceiling.”

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