“Simplify, simplify, simplify,” is the suggestion of designers Tracy Schlegel and Kelcey Huff. They recommend painting the walls a breezy blue and removing the stove and dark chair rail. “And when you think storage, think big.”
Light, airy color palettes make rooms appear larger. Trim is White Dove and walls are Paradiso, both by Benjamin Moore.
Open up the room to traffic. Eliminating the stove yields five extra square feet of space.
Choose appropriately scaled furniture. Pieces with small arms and high legs will lift weight off the floor.
Get creative with storage. Instead of plastic bins, a leather ottoman and wall unit will keep toys organized and out of site.
Trick the eye. The rug’s horizontal pattern makes the space feel wider. Replace tile with hardwood to brighten the floor.
Simplify the walls. Wallpaper borders and chair rails can make a room feel crowded and cluttered.
Replace shutters with woven blinds to add texture and allow for more controlled light.
Furniture: Expedit TV storage unit ($230, www.ikea.com); Avington 2PK nesting tables in dark tobacco ($100, www.target.com); Vaughn chairs in cork ($900 each, www.crateandbarrel.com).
Lighting: Kathryn table lamp ($220, www.crateandbarrel.com).
Accessories: Maya Fruitwood Roman shade ($40, www.overstock.com); hand-blocked tiger pillow covers ($10 each, www.westelm.com); Favorite throw in dandelion ($30, www.westelm.com); Gallery in a box black picture frame set ($130, www.potterybarn.com).
Huff and Schlegel, of Waterlily Interiors (301-674-7763, www.waterlilyinteriors.com), are based in Bethesda.