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House Calls: Completing a master bedroom with color


Grace and Charles Battaglia want to update their master bedroom without replacing much of the 45-year-old furniture. The Alexandria couple has never painted the room and hopes some new colors and accessories will give the large room a more comfortable feel.

Charles and Grace Battaglia’s master bedroom. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Lorin Jones picked a color scheme with a softer tone of Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid. She also selected accessories and art that add character and sophistication. Jones, of Bertin’s Decorating Den Interior (703-299-0633, is based in Alexandria.

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

Paint the walls a light orchid to make the room feel more intimate and inviting. Use Benjamin Moore’s Misty Lilac.

Bring attention to the tray ceiling with a darker shade of orchid. Try Benjamin Moore’s Beach Plum.

Simple drapery panels without a swag or jabot will give the room an updated feel.

Let the bed be the room’s focal point with a new headboard and piece of art above it.

Remove the area rug and bring color to the room with the new bedding, lamps and paint colors.


Accessories: Murano chandelier in Henna ($789,; Orion wall mirror ($269,; Emery drapes in ivory (price varies by size,; “Hollyhocks by the Sea,” print ($27 for print only,

Bedding: Poetical duvet cover ($160 for king), pillow sham ($60 for king), toss pillow ($50), neckroll pillow ($50) and sheet set ($130 for king), all in celadon and from

Sutton headbaord in Oyster Belgian Linen. (William-Sonoma)

Envy lamp. (Carolina Rustica)

Sutton headboard in Oyster Belgian Linen ($2,350 for king,

Envy lamp ($460, www.carolinarustica.

Raleigh headbaord in cream twill without nailhead trim. (Pottery Barn)

Amethyst jewel glass lamp. (Arcadian Home & Lighting)
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Raleigh headboard in cream twill without nailheads ($799, www.pottery

Amethyst jewel glass lamp ($297.50,

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Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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