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Freshening Up Your Bedroom? Here’re 5 Summery Ideas From Solis Betancourt & Sherrill
The DC design duo inspires with punchy patterns and layers of texture in their new installation at Timothy Paul Bedding + Home. By Michele Ginnerty
Tips from our designers include summer stripes, common colors over a base neutral, and extending the look beyond the bed itself. All photographs by Veronica Revilla.
Comments () | Published June 15, 2012

When we need inspiration, one of our favorite places to duck into is Timothy Paul Bedding + Home, an impeccably curated boutique of bedding, linens, pillows, and home accessories in Logan Circle. A few times each year, Timothy Paul invites a designer to create a beautiful bedroom vignette to inspire their customers. Last week, they feted the latest installation by designers José Solís Betancourt and Paul Sherrill of the DC-based firm Solis Betancourt & Sherrill, and we took a firsthand look at the carefree, summery space. We think it’s a great tutorial on how to mix cheerful patterns and colors, as well as how to elevate a bed from a practical necessity to a gorgeous focal point.

As part of the unveiling of the summer bedroom space last week, the designers were also signing copies of their book, Essential Elegance. If you’re searching for more inspiration, this is a great volume to add to your list.

Here are a few ideas we’ve gathered on how to copy Betancourt and Sherrill’s bedroom’s fresh, happy vibe:

• Start with a neutral background. Betancourt and Sherrill used a white bedspread and a solid headboard, and then selected accents in different colors and textures to spice things up.

• Stripes are a summer staple. In this design, they appear in three places: in the pillows, on the folded comforter, and on the throw on the bench at the foot of the bed. All of them contrast nicely against the suzani and block-print florals.

• Unify patterns by selecting common colors. While different patterns are used, they share the blue, green and white color scheme.

• Draping a colorful fabric over your existing headboard instantly transforms the look. If you don’t have a headboard suitable for this treatment, consider adding temporary color by hanging a textile behind the bed, or follow the lead of Betancourt and Sherrill and paint the wall behind the bed in a strong accent color.

• Don’t stop with your bed. Notice how the designers pulled the colors and patterns from the bed out into the room by placing pillows and throws on furniture.

Bedroom Installation Sources:

Bedding: John Robshaw and Area

Decorative pillow on bed: John Robshaw

Pillows on chair and settee: Timothy Paul Home

Throw on bench: Brahms Mount

Rugs: Timothy Paul Home


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