Bruce and Cindy Beaman get to completely redo their son’s bedroom now that he has moved out. The Vienna couple has a queen bed (but no headboard) and a small dresser they want to use for guests, and they’re looking for a subtle, calm palette of blues and grays.

Bruce and Cindy Beaman’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Charles Almonte creates a cozy guest room with gray walls and a blue ceiling, choosing furniture with guests and their personal items in mind. Almonte (202-492-8494, is based in Silver Spring.

The solution. (Illustation by Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)

A simple tufted headboard adds sophistication and comfort for when guests want to lean back and read.

A piece of interesting art above the headboard gives the room a focal point.

Guests can place items on a thin console table, paired with stools across the room where they can rest their bags.

A carpet with a subtle pattern offers a neutral foundation and can extend to the hallway, a homeowner request.

Paint the walls gray and the ceiling a light blue. Try Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray and Blue Porcelain.


Furniture: Tanner console table ($399) and Tanner stool ($199), both from

Accessories: Poetical mini comforter set ($315) and sheet set ($150), both in queen and silver from; L’arc twin-arm lamp in hand-rubbed antique brass with natural paper shades ($378,; antiqued metal drum table lamp in vintage brass ($499) and Belgian textured linen grommet drapes in Fog (prices vary by size, both from; Simple Scallop chandelier in soft silver with silk shade ($923,; Blaze wall art ($129,; Thierry metal-framed mirror ($217,; Weaver’s Point carpet in Tranquil Harbor (prices vary by size,


Colburn leather end on stand. (Arhaus)

Loretta tufted headboard in Natural. (Horchow)

Loretta tufted headboard in Natural ($2,299 for queen, www.

Colburn leather end on stand ($1,249,

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Devon campaign bedside table. (Pottery Barn)

Quadrant headboard in Napa Natural. (Crate and Barrel)

Quadrant headboard in Napa Natural ($999 for queen,

Devon campaign bedside table ($299,

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