House Calls: Minimalist design for minimal space


Julia Grisar-Shryock recently rented out a room in her Mount Rainier home, leaving her family less space on the first floor. Grisar-Shryock needs help maximizing play space in her 11-by-13-foot living room for daughters Nallamae, 5, and Mathilda, 1, and wants pieces that incorporate bold colors and a minimalist, contemporary design. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE CHALLENGE

Julia Grisar-Shryock recently rented out a room in her Mount Rainier home, leaving her family less space on the first floor. Grisar-Shryock needs help maximizing play space in her 11-by-13-foot living room for daughters Nallamae, 5, and Mathilda, 1, and wants pieces that incorporate bold colors and a minimalist, contemporary design.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Trystin Kier Francis picks affordable furniture in blues and yellows with durable fabrics that can withstand wear and tear from children. He also limits the room’s accessories in keeping with the family’s minimalist style. Francis, of the Trystin Kier Co. (323-639-0015, www.trystinkier.com), is based in the District.

Neutral walls let the bold furniture stand out. Try Behr’s Twilight Gray. The fireplace is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Timber Wolf.

For book and newspaper storage, use a tall bookcase that maximizes floor space.

Chairs and a sofa with modern, simple lines pair with the homeowners’ contemporary style.

Anchor the seating area with a muted, patterned rug.

S heer, patterned curtain panels add privacy but won’t darken the space.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Sablon tufted sofa in cobalt microfiber and black finish ($1,515, www.ballardesigns.com); Saddle ottoman in gray ($40, www.target.com); slipper chair in Golden Gate velvet ($449) and origami coffee table ($399), both from www.westelm.com.

Accessories: Manning mirror in black ($179) and Filmore 20-inch pillow in aqua blue ($24), both from www.homedecorators.com; tripod wood floor lamp ($249), zigzag curtain panels in Maize ($49 for 96-inch panel) and Safi rug ($499 for 6-by-9-foot rug), all from www.westelm.com.

SPLURGE . . .

Notting Hill curio cabinet in Ebony ($543, www.wayfair. com).

Bixley side table ($258, www.allmodern.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Oxford 72-inch bookcase with glass doors in black ($369, www.homedecorators.com).

Zane pedestal table ($85 for large, www.worldmarket.com).

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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