Linda Carullo would like to transform the ­
15-by-13-foot bedroom of her Oakton, Va., home into a serene retreat. She is struggling with the asymmetry of the room, including finding the right treatment for an awkwardly placed window, which doesn’t have room for a curtain rod. She plans to replace the dated wall-to-wall carpet with hardwood floors.

(Photos by Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)


Designer Barbara Margolis suggests embracing the asymmetry of the room. She keeps the existing nightstand on one side of the bed and chooses a longer console for the other side to balance the window.

Margolis, of Barbara Margolis Interiors (barbaramargolis
, 301-384-7667), is based in Silver Spring.

(By Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

(The Washington Post)
Margolis’s Suggestions

Choose a more subtle, serene blue for the walls, such as Blue Porcelain by Benjamin Moore. Paint the molding and trim White Dove. Situate the existing chest and a comfortable chair in front of a window to create a light-filled sitting area. A new headboard with nailhead trim ties the bed into the design of the nearby chest. Consider replacing the bathroom door (not shown) with a frosted-glass French door to open up the space. Update the room with hardwood floors. Add softness and texture with a hand-knotted wool area rug. Use drapery panels where possible, and have an extra panel made into a matching Roman shade for the stray window. White woven shades with blackout lining add texture and keep out light.


Splurge: French library ­60-inch console in distressed white metal ($1,395, (

Save: Lacquer storage bookcase ($899, (

Splurge: Natalie lamp in White Lacquer with polished brass hardware and finish ($975, (

Save: Madison lamp in white ($279, (

Furniture: Colette upholstered queen headboard in Natural ($899,

Accessories: Harrison hand-tufted rug ($849 for 9-by-12-foot rug), Greek key drapery panels in Mineral with Blanc trim (from $139) and Joselyn table lamp ($159), all from; natural woven tailored shades in Ananda soft white (prices vary by size,; long-neck melon glass table lamp in cream ($247,; Samantha damask queen duvet cover ($149), standard ($40 each) and Euro ($50 each) shams in blue, and Elise adjustable sconce ($169), all from

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