The stark walls and mismatched furniture in District resident Emily Thornell’s bedroom have sent her seeking sanctuary elsewhere in her home. She and husband Paul want their room to be a kid-free respite with a seating area for reading and a cocktail at night.
Designers Samantha Friedman and Lauren Brown add cozy finishing touches — lighting, curtains and upholstered chairs — to create a space to which the Thornells will love to escape. Friedman and Brown, of Samantha Friedman Interiors (301-529-1900, www.samanthafriedmaninteriors.com), are based in Bethesda.
Use wallpaper behind the headboard to create a focal point for the room.
Sconces on eitherside of the bed give the room soft, cozy lighting.
Use light-colored fabrics for the bedding to soften the dark metals and woods found in the furniture.
Give the room a more neutral, calming wall color. Try Sherwin-Williams’s Creamy.
Upholstered chairs across from the bed offer a cozy reading spot and frame the space.
Furniture: Joseph bench ($748, www.laylagrayce.com); Tremont black nightstand ($549, www.arhaus.com); Jacob chair in Turin Ivory ($699, www.highfashionhome.com); Ludlow desk ($599) and Sasha side chair in Tumble Haze ($459) and Moore media console ($999), all from www.crateandbarrel.com.
Accessories: Water tower antique bronze sconce ($298, www.lampsplus.com); Haruki Sisal Robin’s Egg wallpaper ($94 per roll, www.insidefabric.com); velvet multi stripes blue pillow ($40 for 20-by-20-inch pillow, www.pillowdecor.com); Penn bedding ensemble with green pillows ($960 for king set) and Penn curtain panel (prices vary by size), both from www.us-mattress.com.
Gramercy bed in Natural Heavy Basket with antique brass nailheads ($2,850 for king, www.williams-sonoma.com).
Small Arabesque end table ($497.50, www.allmodern.com).
Raleigh bed in Stone washed linen/cotton with bronze nailheads ($1,599 for king,www. potterybarn.com).
Concentric metal side table ($79, www.urbanoutfitters.com).