Heather Childs would like to make the 14-by-10-foot guest room in her Capitol Hill rowhouse a more inviting retreat for visiting friends and family but is struggling to arrange the furniture around the radiator and many windows in the space. She wants to keep the antique bed but needs attractive window treatments and the special touches that will make guests comfortable. She prefers light colors and neutrals and is drawn to a European style that mixes antiques with modern pieces.
Designers Lorin Petit and Janet Bertin minimize the windows and the length of the room with neutral Roman shades and a rug orientation that makes the space feel wider, while staying within a tight budget.
A warm neutral paint color will create a fresh but soothing feel for the space. Try Sugar Cookie by Benjamin Moore. A bench at the foot of the bed serves as a place to sit down and put your shoes on, and doubles as a luggage rack. A clock on the nightstand and a basket filled with local magazines (not shown) are a thoughtful touch to make visitors more comfortable. Add color with a warm cashmere throw that is perfect for afternoon naps or reading a book in bed. Beautiful linens make your guests feel special, and the embroidered edge adds a touch of color and texture to a mostly monochromatic bed. Choose window treatments that offer a horizontal line as well as light control to help guests get a good night’s sleep. There is only one small wall to hang something on (not shown). For the guest’s convenience, go with a mirror rather than art.
Furniture: Louis bench in distressed white oak with brushed Belgian linen cotton in natural ($495, restorationhardware.com).
Accessories: Madeleine mirror in antique brass ($298) and eyelet embroidered sheet set in white/gray ($228 for queen), both from anthropologie.com; classic Roman shades in Wilmington white (price varies by size, shadesshutters blinds.com); Vineyard stripe 5-by-8-foot rug in natural ($499, ballarddesigns.com); solid cashmere throw in seafoam green ($249), Japanese magazine basket ($99) and crystal clock ($99), all from williams-sonoma.com.