By adding built-in cabinets and a sophisticated lounge area, Kiera Kushlan and Jessica Centella created a space where guests can hang and Dad can rock.
Kushlan and Centella, of Residents Understood (202-630-6184), are based in the District.
Paint the walls a cloudy gray. Give the room a touch of drama with Graytint by Benjamin Moore.
Custom built-in cabinets help organize the clutter. Use them to display instruments and stow away wires.
Create a lounge where guests can sit. Arrange the sofa and chairs in the center of the space for a cozy, intimate feel.
Anchor the furniture on an area rug. This will define the seating area and could potentially improve the room’s acoustics.
Swap the tiny ceiling light for a large, industrial chandelier. This better fits the scale and function of the space.
Create an accent wall with colorful wallpaper. It’s a creative alternative to traditional artwork displays.
Furniture: Souk rug ($1,299 for 9-by-12-foot rug, www.westelm.com); Conner 90-inch sofa in Steel gray velvet ($2,245, www.mgbwhome.com); Tivoli console table in artisanal black stain ($599, www.potterybarn.com); Skye Indigo rectangular coffee table ($249, www.crateandbarrel.com); custom cabinets (prices vary according to size, www.heartwoodhome.com).
Lighting: Atelier chandelier by Sonneman in black ($711 for six lights, www.lumens.com).
Accessories: Zebra kelly green pillows ($80 each, www.dwellstudio.com); Mumbai pillows ($60 each, www.shopfurbish.com); Dryden wallpaper in green ($177 per square foot, www.osborneandlittle.com).