Sultry and sleek, this room has a crispness that stimulates order (you’ll put away your boots) and yet, somehow, abandon. Eye-catching geometric art sets the tone for the space, synching perfectly with the pillows (squares everywhere). A triple hit of ovals (mirror, table lamp, and chair) contributes to the pulled-together effect. One bold color in a room of neutrals feels dramatic. Dark gray walls make the graphic bedding pop. Polished modern choices―a duvet cover that brings refinement to sensuous down, a sophisticated bench (choose one that’s smaller than the width of the bed), and square instead of rectangular pillows―all give the impression that a decorator has been on the premises. Intimate lighting ups the mystery of a room. Both fixtures, placed higher than the bed, cast a soft glow. Lower-wattage pink-tinted bulbs make everyone look great.
To buy: Natura paint in Gray Horse 2140-50, $50 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com for stores. Standard dining chair, $1,200, Room Furniture and Interiors, 888-420-7666. Kulla floor lamp, $90, ikea.com for stores. Charlotte bench, $1,309, Intérieurs, 212-343-0800.