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Design Solutions

Paint the walls a a soft khaki: Nature's Essential by Benjamin Moore.

Paint the ceiling (and slope) a lighter shade of the wall color: Hushed Hue by Benjamin Moore.

Install trim around the two doorways. Paint all trim in the room in a soft white with a satin finish.

New bedding and curtain panels will soften all the angles in the room.

Place lamps around the room for soft task lighting.

- Emily Bishop, Designer

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The Challenge

Nancy McFalls is at a loss for ideas for the "sunny but stark"" master bedroom in her Falls Church home. She would like the 12-by-18-foot space to be a cozy retreat. "Nothing fancy, just put together," she says.

The Solution

By moving the bed, layering textures and adding lighting and furniture, designer Emily Bishop creates an end-of-the-day haven.

- Emily Bishop Interior Design (202-232-4161, www.emilybishop.com), is based in the District.

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