To modernise a antiquated family room, remove a confusion and a blue trim

April 7, 2016 - accent chair

Mark and Julie Waser are struggling with how best to use a 20-by-27-foot family room of their Vienna home. They spend many of their time in a room, regulating it as a home bureau and a place to do yoga, relax and watch TV. They devise to downsize their book collection, discharge some of a shelves and ascent their desk, as good as get absolved of a mortar and buy new flooring.

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To emanate sequence in a room with mixed purposes, engineer Lindsay Speace designates apart zones for lounging and operative and leaves adequate open space for yoga.

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Replace a runner with a nap broadloom in a neutral color. Avoid carpets with high piles, as they tend to demeanour dated. Paint a walls a cooler white, such as Benjamin Moore’s Cotton Balls, to lighten a space. Update a trim with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. Painting a built-ins a low navy, such as Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray, will have a thespian impact. Use a healthy focal points bookending a room — a grate and built-ins — to anchor areas for relaxing and for working. Mount a radio on a overhanging arm above a station list so it can simply be noticed from any area of a space. Roman shades yield a some-more finished demeanour and offer another event to inject tone into a room. An area runner on tip of a runner defines a seating area and is a groundwork for a room’s tone palette.

Splurge: Warwick debate list in brownish-red ash ($1,650, (

Save: Sawhorse list in middle saddle brownish-red ($360, (

Splurge: Henson 27-inch pivot bar sofa ($630, (

Save: Frances 27-inch opposite sofa ($180, (

Furniture: Weston ottoman with coronet nailheads and board Sunbrella fabric in navy and driftwood finish ($899,; Serena accent chair in Payton yellow ($250,; Public white 42-inch-high dining list ($399,; Bennett chair ($230,

Accessories: Hand-tufted sakura bend floral nap runner in cream ($1,226 for 12-by-15-foot rug,; Camelot rapids Roman shade in obscurity (from $236,; Linden 23-inch sham in healthy ($40,; brushed-cotton herringbone-weave chuck in navy ($89,

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