University Park resident Linda Verrill’s bedroom could practically be a studio apartment. There’s room for a television, desk, treadmill and more. Verrill and her husband, Brian Shoemaker, want to replace the mismatched furniture they used to fill out the large space, add more storage and lighten up the colors with new accessories.

Brian Shoemaker and Linda Verrill’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Elizabeth Krial brightens the room with a spring-inspired color scheme, incorporating yellows, blues and creams into the bedding, art and furniture. Krial, of Elizabeth Krial Design (703-435-6262,, is based in Reston.

The solution by Elizabeth Krial. (Illustration by Julius Goyanko for the Washington Pos)

Bedding in a fun, light pattern helps revive the homeowners’ existing bed.

Modern pieces, such as a stainless steel desk and floor lamp, are paired with existing wood furniture for an updated feel.

White drapery panels help soften darker, sophisticated Roman shades, both of which provide privacy.

A large media console offers space for books, electronics and more.

Paint the walls a light blue for a soothing, cozy atmosphere. Try Benjamin Moore’s Breath of Fresh Air.


Furniture: Olivia gold-leaf oval side table ($723,; Camilla loveseat in Sunshine Aura ($1,499), Como white woven chair ($399) and Grayson chair in Cobalt Vince ($1,099), all from; Gunnar desk ($699,; mid-century media six-piece set in white ($2,694,; Sherri beige ottoman ($647,

Accessories: White Belgian drapery panels with grommets (prices vary by size,; Roman shades in Bhutan Caramel (prices vary by size,; pop color lamp in yellow with gray lining ($449,; Linterna arch floor lamp ($218,; Gabriel pillow ($70,; Joyce ikat duvet cover ($135 for king) and sham ($33), both from

Surya Jill Rosenwald Fallon Green Rectangle Area Rug. (Pure Home)

Gold Leaf Drift Wood Desk Lamp. (Shades of Light)

Jill Rosenwald Fallon rug in green ($1,090 8-by-11-foot rug, www.pure

Gold-leaf driftwood lamp ($420, not shown,

Bohemian Market Dhurrie Rug. (Shades of Light)

Driftwood Silver Leaf Table Lamp. (Lamps Plus)
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Bohemian Market dhurrie rug in Celery and Cream ($769 for 8-by-11-foot rug, www.shadesoflight

Driftwood silver-leaf lamp ($218, not shown,