The Challenge

After two years in his Silver Spring condo, Quanti Davis is ready to decorate the master bedroom. Some items on Davis’s wish list: a new dresser, wall art and lighting.

Quanti Davis’s bedroom in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Leah L. Jones/For the Washington Post)
The Solution

Using Davis’s favorite earth tones, Darlene Sheppard and Caty Tillman suggest new bedding, accessories and a fresh coat of paint to give Davis a warm but masculine space to recharge and relax.

The final design for Davis’s bedroom. (Illustration by Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

A chair offers a space to read, relax and enjoy the view outside the wall-to-wall glass doors (not pictured).

An upholstered headboard in a deep blue color softens the space while remaining masculine.

A bedside table lamp adds ambient and task lighting.

A patterned rug adds visual interest and focuses attention on the sleeping area.

A long, low dresser is the right scale for a small room but still has plenty of room for clothing and personal items.

New wall art, including faux deer heads, adds unexpected color and character.

Sable brown walls pair well with the duvet and headboard. Try Benjamin Moore’s Weimaraner.

Shopping Guide

Furniture: Mid-century nightstand in white ($249,; hand-carved Maharaja chair in walnut ($207,; Chinese garden stool in silver ($110,; Feather rug in Bark and Smoke ($395 for 5-by-7 foot rug,

Bedding: Linblomma duvet set in white ($80 for full/queen size,; Sterling Knot sheet set ($210 for queen size,;

Karnataka lumbar pillow cover in royal blue ($55,;sheepskin Stone pillow ($99 for 20-inch pillow,

Accessories: Resin deer head in white ($85) and orange ($100), both from; Hovet mirror ($129,; Solis lamp in white ($300 for small,; Clutch walnut table lamp ($100,

Splurge . . .Or Save

Alta headboard in Midnight Linen ($1,650, or Tall nailhead headboard in Ink Blue performance velvet ($549,

Siena 4 cabinet ($1,795, or Nyvoll dresser in medium-brown and white ($299,


Darlene Sheppard and Caty Tillman, of Studio MOD(ish) are based in Washington. 202-656-1334,

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