(The Washington Post)

Sallie Reese’s 30-year-old son is married and living in South Carolina now, but the 10-by-13-foot bedroom he once inhabited in her Vienna, Va., home hasn’t been updated from the Redskins theme he favored as a teenager. Everything can go: Reese wants to change the colors, furniture, flooring and accessories to create a colorful but soothing guest bedroom.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Charles Almonte suggests replacing the dated wall-to-wall carpet with hardwood and mixes traditional and modern furniture to give the impression that pieces were collected over time, rather than bought as a matching showroom set.

(Interior rendering by Richman Studio/for The Washington Post)

Give the room an updated, fresh vibe with bright but calming blue paint. Try Stream by Sherwin-Williams. Paint the ceiling a lighter shade from the same color family, Blue Horizon by Sherwin-Williams. Add crown molding for an architectural element that helps define the space. A natural jute rug brings in texture and complements the linen fabric on the headboard and bench, giving the room a subtle beachy feel. A bench opposite the bed can be used as a luggage rack when guests visit. In a room with little space for a dresser, opt for a bed with storage and wider nightstands with deep drawers to give guests a place to unpack their belongings. Bedding with a bold pattern adds color and interest. Relaxed Roman shades in simple solid fabric provide light control and a touch of casual elegance.

(Charles Almonte and The Washington Post)

Almonte, with Charles Almonte Architecture | Interior Design (202-492-8494,, is based in Silver Spring, Md.


(Perigold; Big Lots)

SPLURGE: Ceylon duvet cover set ($1,950 for queen,, left. SAVE: Navy ikat teardrop 12-piece comforter set ($49.99 for queen,

(Pottery Barn; Ikea)

SPLURGE: Stratton storage platform bed frame with drawers in pure white ($1,399 for full/queen,, left. SAVE: Brimnes bed frame with storage in white, with Luröy slatted base ($279 for queen,


Furniture: Tufted linen bench ($629,; Ray Marquetry nightstands ($499 each,; Patrice chair with strand/zinc fabric and jet legs ($999,; Lorraine tufted tall upholstered queen headboard in linen oatmeal ($1,099,

Accessories: Paul Nelson North American bird photographs of nuthatch and American goldfinch ($549 each,; relaxed cordless 35-by-64-inch Roman shades in ivory ($115 each,; Madeline Baroque mirror ($575,; Culloden table lamps in blue lagoon finish ($449 each) and Hackney floor lamp in hand-rubbed antique brass ($509), both from; Toler chevron 8-by-10-foot jute area rug in natural ($699,; geometric ceramic tile art ($299,; cotton fringed rug tapestry in medium ($89,

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