By adding task, ambient and decorative lighting, designer Jennifer Snowden makes the room feel soaked in sunlight.
Warm up the walls with a beige paint such as Benjamin Moore’s Limestone.
Layer the lighting. Place floor lamps, picture-frame lights, cable lighting and pendants on dimmers for full control.
Choose furniture and accessories that reflect light, such as a glass coffee table, aluminum side table and leaning floor mirror.
Put a neutral slipcover on a dark sofa to make the room feel lighter.
Offset the dark ceiling with a large, light area rug that anchors the seating area.
Add contrast by painting the fireplace a glossy, bright white. The color is Snow White by Benjamin Moore.
Decorating with greenery will add life and color.
Snowden, of Studio I.D. (202-506-1045, www.jsnowden.com), is based in the District.
Furniture: aluminum hexagon side table ($150, www.westelm.com); button armless chair in Marakesh Clove ikat ($280, www.wayfair.com); Linden Street slipcover in khaki (priced according to size, www.
jcpenney.com); Simon X coffee table base ($90) and glass top ($50), and recycled fabrics stools ($90 each), www.pier1.com.
Lighting: Ribba picture lights in aluminum ($20 each, www.ikea.com); Hello cable dual-axial track lights in satin nickel ($100 each, www.pendantlightingexperts.com); Cue Kable Lite pendant ($240, www.pendantlighting
Accessories: silver leaf leaner mirror ($418, www.bellacor.com); yucca elephantipes ($20 each, www.ikea.com); Trosso plant pots ($25 each, www.ikea.com); potted sedum ($22, www.crateandbarrel.com).