(The Washington Post)

Karen Kanefield has been trying to figure out what to do with the 11-by-14-foot master bedroom of her Silver Spring home since she moved in four years ago, but she keeps questioning her ideas. She is drawn toward the idea of a gray room with blue and fuchsia accents and wants a modern, glam space designed around the mirrored dresser and chest she owns.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)


Designer Nicole Lanteri uses dark colors and an upholstered headboard to give the space a sophisticated, cohesive look.

(Interior Rendering by Rodney Co/3D Storm Studio/for The Washington Post)


To make the room feel chic and cozy, go dark with the paint. Try Dior Gray by Benjamin Moore . Splurge on hardware for hanging the drapes. It will elevate the feeling of the entire space. An area rug with a large pattern will anchor the space and wear well. A marble-top chrome side table complements the mirrored dresser without being overly matchy. A headboard that is a similar color to the walls will make the room feel larger. A king-size duvet cover and insert will hang nicely off the sides of the queen bed for a more luxurious look.  Simple white linen curtains give the room a natural but sophisticated vibe.

Lanteri (703-909-8001, nicolelanteri.com) is based in Arlington. (Courtesy of Nicole Lanteri; The Washington Post)

(Crate and Barrel; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Anice black hand-knotted Oriental rug ($1,999 for 8-by-10-foot rug, crateandbarrel.com), left. SAVE: Distressed arabesque wool rug in steel ($999 for 8-by-10-foot rug, westelm.com).

(Design Within Reach; CB2)

SPLURGE: Mondrian mirror ($600 for 22-by-80-inch mirror, dwr.com), left. SAVE: Infinity narrow wall mirror ($100 for 101/2 -by-54-inch mirror, cb2.com).


Furniture: Tate tall upholstered headboard in charcoal ($999 for queen, crateandbarrel.com); smart marble-top C table ($149, cb2.com).

Accessories: Belgian flax linen duvet cover ($229 for king) and shams ($44 for standard) in white, both from westelm.com; oversize fuchsia ikat velvet lumbar pillow ($30, worldmarket.com); Torsbo table lamp ($50, ikea.com); Emery linen/cotton 96-inch drapery panels in white ($139 for single width and cotton lining, potterybarn.com); Estate extension rod in silver ($75 for 48-to-88-inch medium-diameter rod), set of two Estate crystal ball finials in silver ($70 for medium), set of two Estate rectangle end brackets ($55 for medium), set of seven Estate loop rings in silver ($45 for medium) and black marble bath tray ($125), all from restorationhardware.com; Savoy teal vase ($50, cb2.com); “Happenstance” 30-by-30-inch art with classic white wood frame ($300, minted.com).

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