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House Calls: A playroom makeover

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THE CHALLENGE

“It’s time to update my daughter’s old playroom,” wrote Donna Monacci of Fairfax. The Monaccis want quarters fit for a teen queen, with a place for table tennis, darts and cozy conversation. The hitch? Breaking up the 21-by-19 space.

THE SOLUTION

By adding family cheering stations and a cork wall for darts, designer Shanon Munn breathes new life into a dull basement.

Freshen a dull basement with color. Green paint, pink drapes and white wall flowers make the room feel like an outdoor playground.

Build a functional game room. Flor tiles create a dart-throwing lane and pub tables and chairs form a section for family cheering.

Stop damage ahead of time. Protect the dart board’s wall with cork. Then, cover it with patterned wallpaper to disguise the holes.

Give furniture new purpose. A stool can be reinvented as an end table.

Use accessories to tie together patterns and colors. A round throw pillow, patterned stool and colorful dart board keep the decor consistent.

Think outside the box and invest in a transitional statement piece. This chair’s modern design will last through future renovations.

Dress up even small windows. Adding a

mirror will create the illusion of light and depth.

Munn, of Ambi Design Studio (703-597-8401, www.ambidesignstudio.com),

is based in McLean.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Director’s chairs in latte ($50)

with plum covers (no longer available) (www.pier1.com); Cafe table ($98, www.target.com); Monarch Butterfly console table ($289, www.grandinroad.com); Cushy Lounge sectional ($1,250 total with base, www.pbteen.com).

Accessories: Parallel Reality Flor carpet tiles in burgundy ($11.99 per tile, www.flor.com); Coco stool in pink ($88, www.serenaandlily.com); Dream Wish Forever organic pillow cover ($29, www.pbteen.com); Nolan 20-inch pillow in jade ($25, www.crateandbarrel.com); crewel striped pillow ($38, www.pbteen.com); Eclipse Kids’ twill thermaweave black-out panel ($20-$30, www.jcpenney.com).

Tell us about your design challenge.

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

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