4 Ways to Use a Spare Room

Have an extra room to play with? Get creative by turning it into a space that’s all your own. We’re seeing a trend in creating with a purpose. Whether you love working on a hobby or entertaining out-of-town guests for the weekend, a spare room can be anything you want it to.

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Yoga Meditation Room

We live in a world where distraction is unavoidable. From the time we wake up, until our heads hit the pillow again, finding peace and quiet can be the ultimate challenge. Consider converting your extra room into a dedicated escape for yoga and meditation. Bathe the walls in soft hues that invite your body and mind to breathe, while natural decor brings you back to your quietest self.

Drawing of woman sitting by the table and using sewing machine

Craft Studio

Every DIYer dreams of the perfect craft room, fit for anything from sewing to scrapbooking. If you love getting creative, a spare room is the perfect place to give your projects a place to thrive. We asked our Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden, how color can be used to spark creativity. “We’re moving beyond grays and whites and using color to find joy. Now, more than ever, we can all celebrate creativity with color,” says Wadden.

Drawing of a woman sitting by the desk with iMac and writing something with pen

Home Office

Create a home office where color helps put your space to work. Whether you’re running a small business or need a space that sparks creativity, a spare room can be the perfect solution for getting the job done. Since everyone’s work can look different, it’s important to let the purpose of the room motivate your color choice.

Drawing of a woman sitting and stretching on the bed

Guest Bedroom

Expecting company? Reimagine your spare room into the perfect guest bedroom to create a cozy space that instantly welcomes family and friends. Using resting hues on the walls will help ease guests into their home away from home, making them feel comfortable in a haven that feels like their own.


  1. Upstairs bonus room, we use as combination music/tv-workout room. Oak color floors, dark brown leather sofa. Need wall color recommendations. Thanks.

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      The oak floors and dark sofa would look great with a subtle blue on the walls. Take a look at:
      Tradewind SW 6218
      Upward SW 6239
      Niebla Azul SW 9137

    • Finishing our basement whip has no natural light, we will have oak (medium color not dark or light)vinil plank floors, and will use the space for a lounge tv room. Would like a modern organic ambience. What color walls , ceiling do you recommend.

  2. Light pine wood windows,light oak hardwood foors. what color to paint walls throughout the home.
    Not a fan of grey.
    Sage green couch in family room with large white stone fireplace.

  3. Thank you for the suggestions. However, I have a 3 bedroom home an one room is already setup for my home office. However, im uncertain as to what colors to use for my guess room and master room. I want the colors to blend/ coordinate. I used whipped plum in my home office which is the smallest room and first to see when you come upstairs. At one point I wanted to use a mint green or a gray in the guess room but undecided. I do know that I want either a gray or tan mixed with a burgundy in my master bedroom. Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated or suggestions on colors to seek out.

  4. Looking for warm color and complimentary tones for a guest room with oak furniture and bamboo flooring. Current colors are mix of black and maroon, with evidence of blue and yellow under.

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hi Kelli, we’d like to get a better sense of your space before making a recommendation. Click here for a free Virtual Color Consultation.

      • I’ve been reading everyone’s questions about best color choices for various rooms. I actually had a color consultant come to my home (pre-covid) and she helped me choose paint colors for my living/dining room, kitchen, main hall up & down, and 2 guest rooms, and 2 bathrooms. This was the BEST decision i ever made- everything went together beautifully, and for the small investment of time to meet with the consultant, I couldn’t have done any better! Stress-free. professional results, I’d recommend this to anyone needing to do more than a single room! Go for it, folks, you won’t regret it!

        Debbie Friedman
        • I thank you for posting that comment, Debbie! It’s just so overwhelming, isn’t it? Too many choices & A HUSBAND, lol. You sold me!

  5. Using Alabaster for walls. What Color should I use for the trim?

    • Sherwin-Williams logo

      Hello Joan, with a soft color like Alabaster SW 7008 on the walls, consider using one of the crisp, clean whites below. Check out:
      Pure White SW 7005
      Extra White SW 7006

  6. Small main floor unused bedroom and want to use as dual purpose yoga room but also place for small grandkids to sleep overnight. Ideas appreciated

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      Hi Cathy! Are you looking for wall color ideas? What color families are you interested in using? Also, what other colors are in the room? For instance window treatments, flooring, furniture. Thank you!

  7. I would like to use an extra bedroom, approximately 10×10 for a guest room, exercise, yoga room. It must remain carpeted and gets sun only in the afternoon. It is presently painted a medium yellow which is not my favorite. That is partly because there is varnished birch paneling on two walls. I would be willing to paint one wall but not the other because it includes sliding closet doors. Thank you for your assistance. I think the main concern is to compliment the yellowish birch walls.

    Daria Imbeault
  8. We are planning to paint our kitchen cabinets and would welcome color suggestions for cabinets and walls. Kitchen is facing north with only one small window over the sink so not much natural light. Adjoining rooms are sage green. Counter tops and backsplash are bright white as well as appliances. Looked at grays but really need to keep the room bright. Any suggestions?

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