How to downsize to a smaller, some-more civic vital room

March 3, 2016 - table lamp

Empty nesters Bob and Karen O’Hern recently downsized to a townhouse in Alexandria and got absolved of many of their vital room furniture. They have a family room for lounging though need an appealing place for engaging 4 to 5 people and spasmodic examination TV. They wish to make a many of a grate and built-in bookshelves.

(Photos by Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Amanda Friend flanks a grate with sofas and chooses complicated pieces that are a right scale for a couple’s new, smaller space, formulating a demeanour that is both comforting and visually interesting.

Friend, with Bountiful Interiors (bountifuldecor. com, 410-819-8666), is formed in Easton, Md.

(Illustration by Julius Goyanko/for The Washington Post)

(The Washington Post)

Go with blue upholstery for a sofas to supplement much-needed tone to a room. Opt for a warmer, deeper neutral for a walls, such as Loggia by Sherwin-Williams, to make a space feel cozier. An area carpet underneath a seating arrangement defines a vital space and separates it visually from a adjacent foyer. Drapery panels alleviate a windows and make a room feel homier. Consider adding timber trim sum and portrayal a backs of a bookcases a darker tone to emanate a thespian focal point. Choose a interrelated area carpet for a dining space to tie a bedrooms together.

Splurge: Classic nap carpet ($7,500 for ­8-by-10-foot rug, (

Save: Angel area carpet ($679 for 8-by-11-foot rug, (

Splurge: Fang gourd flare in ivory ($593, (

Save: Wood X list flare bottom ($60) and plain creamy accent flare shade ($10), both from (

Furniture: Atticus 65-inch lounge in Cast Mist Sunbrella fabric ($1,699,; Gideon chair in Serene Beige fabric with Pumice legs ($1,349,; Richards’ 53-by-33-inch case coffee list in colourless ($2,095,; tradition Emery console list with Glitz Platinum fabric and antique coronet nailhead ($309,; Saxton server in satin swarthy finish ($703,

Accessories: Currier and Ives 50-by-34-inch Map of a City of Washington with aluminum floated mountain ($475,; walnut timber tripod Austin building flare bottom ($100) and solid creamy accent lampshade ($10), both from; Minted for West Elm’s “Cera No. 2” imitation ($249,; sugar rattan fasten list flare ($101,; Adley hand-knotted carpet ($899 for 6-by-8-foot rug,; Terri gazebo 84-inch blind panels in gray and white ($119 each,; 22-inch Tate beige sham with enamel foam ($110) and royal paisley blue rectilinear chuck pillow ($27), both from

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