Housecalls 9/15/11 (Leah L Jones)
THE CHALLENGE

“My bedroom is a Spartan mishmash of cheap furniture,” Jodi Winship of Arlington wrote about her 11-by-12-foot space. “I’m ready to invest in a grown-up bedroom.” She’d like to keep her current paint color: Gray Cashmere by Benjamin Moore.

THE SOLUTION

By establishing a dramatic focal point, refreshing the floor and adding storage, designer Sarah Fretwell turns an unfinished space into a sophisticated retreat.

Keep existing wall color; paint radiator to match. Consider a gray-blue color for the ceiling to mimic the sky and give the room height.

Mix it up with a variety of styles and finishes for the furniture and lighting. Bedside tables and lamps do not have to match.

Silver-tone fandolier ($475,www.horchow.com). Jonathan Adler crystal teardrop lamp with black shade ($477,www.lampsplus.com). (Splurge)

A small accent chair complements the existing wall hanging, which has been relocated to a different wall.

Replace existing bed with something more dramatic to create a focal point and detract from the bump-outs along the wall.

Dress the windows in linen Roman shades for a softer, more tailored look and to provide privacy and light control.

Stain the floors in a dark walnut finish to give the room a fresh look and to better complement the wall color.

An armoire does double duty in a small space: it stores clothing or blankets and a TV.

SJF Interiors, (866-753-4683, www.sjfinteriors.com), is based in Frederick.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Francesco four-poster bed in distressed black ($1,500, www.ballarddesigns.com); Global views spokes side table ($573, www.accent-furniture-direct.com); Flare end table ($329) and Calvin armoire in maple gray stain ($1,900) from www.roomandboard.com; Oliver chair in Ikat feather gray ($500, www.westelm.com).

Lighting: Stacked crystals table lamp ($235, www.horchow.com).

Accessories: Flat Roman fabric shades with banding (priced according to size, www.smithandnoble.com); silk organza sheer drapes in white (starts at $59 per panel) and Italian hotel satin stitch white bedding in stone (pillow covers start at $79 each; duvet starts at $209) from www.restorationhardware.com.

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