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Design Solutions

Neutral walls make the accessories pop. Paint color: Stone by Restoration Hardware.

Soften the room with linen curtain panels and linen fabric on the upholstered pieces.

Center a daybed in front of the window to provide a pleasing focal point.

Introduce color with artwork, pillows and a throw.

Add fresh flowers when expecting guests.

Place a second, smaller rug directly under the daybed for extra texture and coziness.

Refinish the existing dresser a darker walnut finish to better complement the other furniture.

Nature-inspired artwork makes the guest room feel restful.

- Melissa McLay, Designer

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The Challenge

"Since our daughter moved out, we have filled her room with odds and ends," writes Arlington's Clare Noble. She wants to turn the 11-by-13-foot space into a welcoming room for her daughter and overnight guests.

The Solution

Multipurpose furniture and layers of texture, pattern and color are the keys to designer Melissa McLay's plan for a functional and inviting guest space.

- Melissa McLay Interiors (410-262-6205, www.melissamclayinteriors.com) is based in Severna Park.

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