Sally Werner’s guest room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

The guest room in Sally Werner’s Rockville condo has become a catch-all storage space, and the current setup feels cramped and uncomfortable when her adult children and young grandchildren visit. Werner and her husband, Robert, want a more cohesive, sophisticated look with extra storage. It also has to be a child-friendly spot where the grandkids can nap or read.


The solution. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post.)

Designer Quintece Hill-Mattauszek uses artwork from the homeowners’ travels for color inspiration and frees up floor space with an unconventional bed nook. Hill-Mattauszek, of Studio Q Designs (301-728-2343,, is based in Alexandria.

Widen the closet door frame and turn the closet into a bed nook to free up floor space. Use a platform bed with drawers for storage.

A grasscloth wallcovering in the bed nook helps make the bed the room’s focal point.

Use existing artwork for color inspiration, with accessories and bedding in cream, deep red, navy, brown and gold.

An upholstered storage ottoman at the end of the bed hides away baby toys while keeping them easily accessible.

With the newly freed-up floor space, create a cozy seating area with wingback chairs.

For creamy neutral walls that pair well with the furniture’s dark woods, try Benjamin Moore’s Squire Hill Buff.


Furniture: Relax storage bed in Espresso ($699 for full,; Sanctuary four-drawer thin consolein Ebony ($598) and upholstered headboard in No. 8547-83 fabric ($629 for full), both at; Tribeca Home tufted storage bench ($171,

Accessories and wall covering: Bronze gold art glass wall sconce ($150,; tailored neckroll pillow in Bazaar/Persimmon ($96,; Juliette mirror in Driftwood ($799,; Jenna stacked ball table lamp in Chinese red ($259 for set of two,; Allen + Roth brown grasscloth wallpaper ($45 for a 72-square-foot roll,

Bedding: Crestmore coverlet set in Light Ivory ($99 for full/queen,; small cable accent pillow in blue ($35,


Modern wingback chair in Burlap and black mahogany finish. (Down Home Furnishings)

Zarah gold glasstop accent table. (Lamps Plus)

Modern wingback chair ($1,400,

Zarah gold glass-top accent table ($300,

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Wing chair in Natural Linen. (Overstock)

Accent table in gold and antiqued glass. (Target)

Wing chair in natural linen ($294,

Nate Berkus accent table in gold and antiqued glass ($80, com).