To lighten a family room, remove a leather sectional and paint a section fireplace

January 5, 2017 - table lamp

(The Washington Post)

Karen McGuinness wants gentle seating for examination radio and relaxing in a family room of her Fairfax Station home. The family of 6 changed in a year ago, though a space is still filled with furnishings from their prior home and doesn’t feel utterly right. McGuinness, who would cite not carrying a sectional or leather seating, would like to grasp a warmer, some-more complicated feel for a 14-by-18-foot space.

(Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Teresa Buchanan repositions a radio and chooses smaller-scale pieces and a lounge in neutral upholstery that fades into a walls, to make a room feel lighter and brighter.


Contain confusion with storage ottomans and a media cupboard and storage table. Add dual chairs on a pivot bottom to urge TV viewing. Paint a walls and section grate a same tone to emanate a neutral backdrop. Try Coastal Fog by Benjamin Moore, with White Dove for a trim. Update a demeanour by stealing a roof fan and shutters. Opt for full-height blind panels and a accumulation of light sources instead. Select smaller seat pieces that are a right scale for a space, to make a room seem taller and larger. A large, turn counterpart will lighten and visually enhance a room and relate a arch on a windows. Choose a reduction of unsentimental textures and materials, including nubby and quilted fabrics, leather, metal, timber and colorful accessories, for hardness and interest.

Buchanan, with Designline (410-266-9240,, is formed in Annapolis. (The Washington Post)

Buchanan, with Designline (410-266-9240,, is formed in Annapolis.


SPLURGE: Treasure coffee list with lift tip ($571,, left. SAVE: Boustrophedon coffee list with lift top ($179,

(Room and Board; Crate and Barrel)

SPLURGE: Adams media cupboard with bombard mark and natural-steel hardware ($1,499, roomand, left. SAVE: Harrison white modular media mount ($799,

Furniture: Margot lounge in putty ($1,099) and Stow persimmon 17-inch leather storage ottoman ($149), both from; Callan chair in Darin teal fabric and cherry finish ($1,299) and Ford pivot chairs in Tatum teal boucle ($899 each), both from; Bendeleben finish list ($213,

Accessories: McKenzie turn mirror ($229), Meyers 96-inch blind panels in taupe ($129 each) and single 11/4-inch blind rod, classical round finials and rings in pewter (prices change by size), all from; rust steel tractable stick pharmacy lamp ($162) and Brighton hammered-pot bronze list lamp ($130), both from; Ferrow 18-inch chuck sham ($45,; Lindon lumbar sham in piquancy ($20,; faux potted fiddle-leaf tree ($299), kiel rope-weave middle basket in gray ($79) and Chelsea building flare bottom in bronze ($190) with large linen slim drum shade in flax ($69), all from; “Trees vs. Trees” 24-by-18-inch detailed imitation with soothing white
pad and 13/4-inch Gramercy black support ($215,; Feast hammered-iron portion play ($40,

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