AFTER: By using paint and textiles to add warmth and incorporating more lighting, furniture and accessories, designer Lauren Liess brings this bland bedroom back to life. (Sketch by Julius Goyanko/For the Washington Post)

THE CHALLENGE

Emily and David Muha would like to transform the 20-by-20-foot master bedroom in their Reston home into an end-of-the-day oasis.

THE SOLUTION

By using paint and textiles to add warmth and incorporating more lighting, furniture and accessories, designer Lauren Liess brings this bland bedroom back to life.

Paint walls and the ceiling the same color to play down the angles: Benjamin Moore Winter Wheat.

Beadboard storage bed with hutch (bed, $1800, and hutch, $429, www.pbteen.com); Textured Belgian linen curtain panels in straw ($279 per panel, www.restorationhardware.com) (SPLURGE)

A bookshelf headboard will move the head of the bed away from the slope of the ceiling.

Repurpose the small desser as a nightstand.

Block-printed bedding adds energy, pattern and personality to the large space.

Paint the mantel, fireplace surround and ceiling beam white: Benjamin Moore Super White.

A chaise longue and stools by the fireplace make the room feel cozier and more inviting.

Curtain panels bring softness and warmth to the room.

Lauren Liess Interiors (703-217-4971, www.thepurestyle.com) is based in Herndon.

Tell us about your design challenge. Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture:

Nottinghill chaise frame ($689, www.ballarddesigns.com)

Twill off-white slipcover ($759, www.ballarddesigns.com)

Collapsible table, small ($49, www.wisteria.com)

Burlap tablecloth, small ($39, www.wisteria.com)

Terra cotta garden stool ($119, www.wisteria.com)

Lighting:

Gourd table lamp in golden yellow ($190, www.lampsplus.com)

Suzanne Kasler tripod lamp ($229, www.ballarddesigns.com)

Accessories:

Leila blockprint mini quilt in teal/red ($99, www.potterybarn.com)

Fringed burlap bed skirt (starts at $49, www.ballarddesigns.com)

Red Ikat decorative pillow cover from Pop O’Color ($70 per pair, www.etsy.com)

Sun spokes mirror ($698, www.anthropologie.com)

Botanical framed wall art, set of six ($390, www.arcadianlighting.com)