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To create a serene layout, designer Nate Berkus opts for a neutral palette. "I went with khaki walls and painted the existing bed white to add interest," he says. Next he suggests removing pieces like the standing mirror and bench that hog space yet have no real purpose. He oriented the headboard against the opposite wall and created access to both sides of the bed. Two end tables double as storage. Nate chose bamboo slatted blinds for the windows and placed a slipper chair beneath them in the corner. "Every bedroom needs a place to sit other than the bed," says Nate.
The Finishing Touches
Nate introduced a couple of key pieces to add variety to what Linda already owned. "Don't be afraid to have a range of tones and patterns in your space," he says. "It's a good thing when everything doesn't match." To define the entire area, Nate rolled out a big graphic rug in an earthy hue.
"I didn't want the room to look too traditional, so I chose a bureau with a zinc finish and hung a large ornate mirror for depth and sparkle." The bureau, he notes, is a splurge that could be bought later, when Linda's budget allows it (zinc dresser, restorationhardware.com, from $1,195). Other sophisticated details include a chocolate-hued duvet and a mix of pillows. "Finally, don't forget to give a space personality," Nate says. "Little things like a stack of books, family photos, and favorite accessories make all the difference."