How to make a large living room feel cozy


Potomac resident Manina Singh needs help turning her large living room into a cozy space for her husband and two children that can also accommodate large family gatherings. Singh needs seating for up to 12 people, extra storage and a way to minimize sun damage and glare from the large windows. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
October 30, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Potomac resident Manina Singh needs help turning her large living room into a cozy space for her husband and two children that can also accommodate large family gatherings. Singh needs seating for up to 12 people, extra storage and a way to minimize sun damage and glare from the large windows.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Kayla Weiner selects multifunctional pieces, such as ottomans, to provide the flexibility the Singhs need, and family-friendly fabric and earthy tones to pair with the rest of the home.

Maximize seating in a small space by using furniture, such as a new sofa, that has smaller arms.

A console table can display collectibles or be used as a desk.

Square ottomans can be used for extra storage and seating.


Potomac resident Manina Singh. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Solar shades provide protection from the sun and help minimize glare on the television.

For a family with young children, microsuede fabric is a smart, easy-to-clean choice for the sofa, loveseat and ottomans.

Paint a n accent wall to highlight the fireplace and make it a focal point. Try Benjamin Moore’s Palace Green.

Kayla Weiner, of Design Exchange (703-691-1200, www.designexchangeinc.com), is based in Fairfax.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Henry sofa in Buck color and microsuede fabric ($849 for 76-inch sofa, www.westelm.com); Cinch storage cube ottoman ($61) and Overbrook end table ($182), both from www.wayfair.com; Twist bench (not shown, $170, www.zgallerie.com).

Accessories: Meridian fire screen ($300, www.zgallerie.com); solar shades in Spokane 5 percent off-white (prices vary by size, www.roomandboard.com); De Haro Olive ceramic table lamp ($381, www.lampsplus.com); Sanremo area rug in red ($349 for 5-by-7-foot rug), La Linea pillow ($34) and Quinn pillow ($29), all from www.homedecorators.com; amber ovoid lamp ($99, www.pier1.com); abstract canvas painting ($180 for set of three, www.kirklands.com); hand applique and embroidered pillow in Rust ($90, www.burkedecor.com); Sculpted Horn box ($129 for large, www.williams-sonoma.com); Loa Agate No. 1 bookends ($225.50, www.plantationdesign.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Leather pouf in Almond ($249, www.ballarddesigns.com).

Marin console table ($799, www.crate andbarrel.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Tufted velvet ottoman in green ($80, www.world market.com).

Sorrento console table ($457, www.wayfair.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls

Tell us about your design challenge. Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Margaret Ely is a producer and reporter for Local Living and Weekend. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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