Ben and Lauren Fox want a brighter, more sophisticated look for the dark, underfurnished master bedroom of the home they recently bought in Reston. They need better lighting, plus window treatments for privacy and light control, and they are ready to invest in furniture that will make the 15-by-16-foot space beautiful.

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Designer Stuart Nordin replaces the bland ceiling fan with a chandelier to give the room a much-needed focal point, and chooses light colors for the walls and bedding to brighten the room.

Nordin, of Stuart Nordin Home & Design (, ­571-357-1144), is based in Alexandria.

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Nordin’s Suggestions

Brighten the room with a soft green paint color, such as Silver Strand from Sherwin-Williams. Paint the inside rim of the tray ceiling the same color as the walls to heighten the room. Replace the dark drapery hardware with silver-finished rods to coordinate with the lamps and other metal in the room. Keep the furniture arrangement, but add pieces that balance out the overall space and maximize the large floor plan. A comfortable chair in the corner creates a quiet, cozy place for reading. To give the room a serene feel, select finishes and upholstery from the same color family.

Splurge & Save

Splurge: Gourd bedside lamp in white glass with natural paper shade ($378, (

Save: J. Hunt milk glass table lamp in white ($45, (

Splurge: Blake mirror in white ($2,000 for large, (

Save: Silvershine ­231/2-inch mosaic wall mirror ($65, (

Furniture: Stillman upholstered headboard in Marlow vanilla ($526 for king,; Hudson Collection Hampton pillow-top bench in cream ($262,; Mira chest ($459,; Demarlos dresser ($770,; Isaac tufted beige fabric club chair ($200,

Accessories: Lucianna medallion duvet cover ($129) and standard shams ($30 each) in blue, and Lucianna medallion drapery panels ($99-$109), all from; stacked glass-ball floor lamp ($300,; Marais six-light orb chandelier ($599,

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