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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:10 am | Updated: 7:57 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Q: I’m decorating a bedroom for a young man, and I’m trying for a sophisticated look that doesn’t include sports posters or basketball hoops. Any ideas for wall color and accessories would be greatly appreciated.

Q: I’m decorating a bedroom for a young man, and I’m trying for a sophisticated look that doesn’t include sports posters or basketball hoops. Any ideas for wall color and accessories would be greatly appreciated.

A: Your letter implies that some kind of a change is in order for your young man. Perhaps he’s made the leap from school days to office? Or he’s been away from home for long enough to warrant a new start? Whatever the reasons, you’ll find a world of inspiration for your masculine bedroom in an upscale men’s clothing store. That’s right, the bolts of material that make up quality men’s suits and shirts are the place to start.

Examine the tailored pinstripes and buttersoft flannels, blended tweeds and Oxford cottons in every shade of blue, black, gray and brown. These handsome tones and luxurious fabrics make the move from the closet to the bedroom with ease, and seeing the patterns and styles will help you visualize the look and feel of the new room.

There are many fine sheets, duvets and bed sets available that carry the style you’re after. However, if you are at all handy with a sewing machine, you can shop for a combination of fabrics to fashion into posh pillow shams and cushions as I did here. To make the pinstripe cushion cover on the left, cut the front piece 2 inches wider than the back and make a 1-inch pleat with the excess fabric down the middle. Sew the pleat closed, press it flat to the fabric, and sew buttons down the pleat to resemble a button fly on an old-fashioned pair of trousers.

Today’s textured wall paints and plasters give you the option of having walls that look and feel like suede, smooth leather and flannel. You can buy them readymixed, but if you can’t find the product, then mix up a batch using equal parts Durabond (a type of plaster) and paint. Apply the mixture to 3-foot sections with a brush and then smooth it out while still wet with a stucco roller to flatten out any brush marks, creating the texture of flannel. You might have some old pieces of furniture that can be restyled with some paint and a few tricks. To create the look of pinstripes on a white laminate desktop, I sanded the shiny surface and applied a high-adhesion primer so that the paint would adhere. Since I was going to paint the desk black, I tinted the primer with a bit of the black paint, which helps get solid coverage. Once the primer was dry, I rolled on two coats of black paint. Using a long metal ruler and dressmaker’s chalk, I drew in the pinstripes at 2-inch intervals. You must use spray varnish to protect your work, as brushing over the chalk lines will blur or erase them. Choose a matte spray varnish for a realistic finish. Always wear a mask when spraying, and work in a wellventilated area.

You can continue to build on the theme with other furnishings. Choose a padded leather desk chair or bench finished with upholstery studs, hang curtains made from dark panels of felt, flannel or even silk. Use buttons or cuff links to join loops to the top of the curtain panels. Faux-suede or faux-fur carpets will warm up the floor.

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