(Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

Marty Babcock would like to update her son Caeden’s bedroom as he heads off to middle school. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Marty Babcock would like to update her son Caeden’s 13-by-11-foot bedroom as he heads off to middle school. He needs room to study and hang out with friends, and has ideas about what he wants (purple and teal, faux animal prints and heads, and a cool chair for lounging). But his mom wants the room to be tasteful, as it is right off the kitchen of their Kensington Cape Cod.


Designer Sandra Hambley’s solution. (Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

Designer Sandra Hambley adds a loft bed and hammock chair to maximize space and create room for lounging with friends.

Hambley, of DecorAndYouDC (703-599-0648, www.decorandyoudc.com), is based in Herndon.

Paint the walls a light beige, such as Benjamin Moore’s November Rain . Add stripes in Waterfall and Mellow Yellow.

A low-height loft bed fits with the eight-foot ceilings while providing extra space for storage.

A hide ottoman can be used as a desk chair or guest seating, and it brings in the animal prints the boy wants in the room.

Square carpet tiles have a shaggy texture for comfort, and each tile can be easily changed or cleaned.

A swing chair with colorful pillows provides a comfortable place to relax.

Most rooms are underlit. Have at least three sources of artificial light in separate areas.

Using Caeden’s framed art is a budget-friendly way to personalize the space.


Furniture: Knotted Melati hanging chair in blue ($598, www.anthropologie.com); ivory hairhide pouf ($325, www.horchow.com); Molte desk chair in yellow ($15, www.
); Wells bookcase ($299 for 32-by-33-inch unit, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Accessories: Polished chrome Orbiter one-light wall sconce with metal shade ($220) and Delano 52-inch five-blade hugger ceiling fan in pewter ($350), both from www.lightingdirect.com; twin comforter ($99) and standard sham ($24.50) in teal, both from www.potterybarnkids.com; Virginia faux deer in violet and gold ($115, www.wallcharmers.com); first-name wall decal with initial in dark turquoise, name in eggplant and modern font ($48 for 22-by-30-inch decal, www.rosenberryrooms.com); papasan stool cushion in fuzzy teal ($20) and artisan lumbar pillows in honey ($30), both from www.pier1.com; Flor 19.7-inch carpet tiles to create a 5-by-7-foot rug using Spot On in turquoise ($14 a square), Heaven Sent in Maize ($18 a square) and House Pet in Hummingbird ($18 a square), all from www.flor.com.



Finished Penobscot handmade daybed in custom color ($2,195, www.maine


Gen 3 Z-bar mini warm-light LED desk lamp in purple ($238.50, www.lampsplus.com).

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Madison twin loft bed with desk and storage in rich espresso ($850, www.wayfair.com).


Black table lamp with teal faux silk shade ($100, www.lamps plus.com).

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