Designer Charlotte Bravo suggests placing a low daybed perpendicular to the door to open up the room and allow a direct line of sight from the sofa to the TV.
Paint the wall of bookshelves white. The color is Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams.
Place a small sofa next to the entrance for watching TV. Its scale is in line with the rest of the space.
Warm up the room with yellows and golds. Repeat the colors in lamp shades, mirrors and an accent chair.
Replace white shutters with woven waterfall shades to allow more control over the room’s lighting.
Line the shelves with black and white wallpaper. Round Federalist-style mirrors make for great conversation pieces.
Organic shapes break up the rigid architecture. A cowhide rug and bulb chandelier add a bit of surprise.
Bravo, of the Vintage Vogue (410-804-2816, www.thevintage
vogue.com), is based in Baltimore.
Furniture: Rustic storage console ($500, www.westelm.com); Stockholm sofa table in golden brown ($200, www.ikea.com); Dalloway armchair ($400) and Illusorio console ($1,700), both from anthropologie.com; Jasper 71-inch studio sofa in linen ($1,000, www.roomandboard.com).
Lighting: Tavia lamp ($235, www.claytongrayhome.com).
Accessories: Arteriors Swain hammered polished brass bowl ($190, www.zincdoor.
com); natural woven waterfall shades ($170 each, www.smithandnoble.com); Larch square pillow ($48, www.2modern.com); cowhide rug in white and black ($463, dwell.co.uk); Federalist-style gold convex mirrors ($135 each, www.highstreetmarket.
com); Plinko pillow in cornflower ($62 for 13-by-24 inches, www.inhabitliving.com).