Teresa and Robert Palmer of Bowie are looking to turn a guest room into an dual-purpose office space and guest suite. On the wish list: a hide-away bed and storage for both visitors and the homeowners. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
THE CHALLENGE

Teresa and Robert Palmer of Bowie are looking to turn a guest room into an dual-purpose office space and guest suite. On the wish list: a hide-away bed and storage for both visitors and the homeowners.

THE SOLUTION

Designers Jennifer Mangum and Suzan Meredith create a spacious, airy and bright space with sophisticated solutions for both of the room’s functions.

Mangum and Meredith, of Redecorate Today (www.redecorate-today.com), are based in Ashburn.

Paint the walls a neutral tan, such as Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige. Accent the built-in shelves by leaving them white.

Teresa and Robert Palmer of Bowie are looking to turn a guest room into an dual-purpose office space and guest suite. On the wish list: a hide-away bed and storage for both visitors and the homeowners. Pictured is Teresa Palmer (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A twin-size Murphy bed (not pictured) can be pulled out for a guest and kept out of sight when he or she departs.

In a room devoted to work, keep things simple. Choose furniture with clean lines and add a bit of color with throw pillows and curtains.

Position a seating area near the window for an inviting feel.

The Palmers’ current area rug provides a color scheme for the rest of the room.

Good lighting is essential for a home office. Well-positioned floor lamps supplement the overhead lights and add ambiance.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Harbor View twin-size Murphy bed in white ($3,649, www.homefurnitureshowrome.com); Bentley brown executive desk ($2,299) and Bentley six-drawer dresser ($1,899), both from www.arhaus.com; Olivia mirrored side table in antique black ($149, www.ballarddesigns.com); Mr. Bogart armchair ($2,598, www.1800lighting.com).

Accessories: Metallic leaves throw pillow ($35, www.pier1.com); casual cotton curtain in mocha and teal ($79 per 48-by-96-inch panel, www.halfpriceddrapes.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Barley Twist floor lamp ($599, www.lampsplus.com)

Aeron chair in graphite and carbon waves ($653, www.smartfurniture
.com
).

. . . OR SAVE

Canyon Creek floor lamp ($239, www.murrayfeiss
.lightingnewyork.com
).

Becca nailhead dining chair in cream leather ($179, www.
homedecorators.com
).

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.