Focusing on the guest room - keeping it light and calming, with white/very pale wall color, iron bed frame and overall gentle and inviting. This image is a bit too shabby-chic, but the basics are there.
To loosen up a traditional guest bedroom, add mismatched quilts to twin beds. In this Nantucket cottage, for example, century-old quilts in Pinwheel (left) and Bear's Paw patterns dress the antique wrought-iron beds.
Guest bedroom: My little cottage is bound to have an attic! Love this use of the space and the slanted room. I have loved this red, gray and black color-scheme - this room looks cottage/farmhouse yet also fresh and inviting.