Designer Anna Kucera makes the back wall a focal point, inviting guests in with a casual but stylish seating arrangement.
Kucera, of Gracious Living by Design (703-688-3111), is based in Alexandria.
Create a clear focal point with a bold wall covering, drawing visitors into the room. The Birds and Birch wallpaper mural is removable.
Use lighting to emphasize the room’s focal point. A spotlight highlights the wallpaper and reflects off the mirrored bar cabinet.
Mix materials and finishes for a room that looks curated, rather than selected from a furniture line in a catalogue.
Vary furniture heights to create interest in a room by guiding the eye to rest on various spots.
Wherever there is a seat, there should be a place to set a drink. This is especially important in a room meant for entertaining.
Furniture: Beverly sofa in ivory ($3,300, www.williams-sonoma.com); Cathedral console table ($233) and Deco Bacall faux silk velvet wing chair ($285), both from www.wayfair.com; Tibetan Cloud ceramic drum ($80, www.worldmarket.com); Sylvester bar cabinet ($1,859, www.horchow.com); rectangular parquet-top coffee table ($999, www.wisteria.com); turned brass side table ($248, www.anthropologie.com).
Decorative lumbar pillow cover in silver gray and ivory lattice pattern ($28 each) and ikat pillow cover ($36 each), both from www.etsy.com; Dagny curtains in light beige ($60 per pair, www.ikea.com); Birds and Birch wall covering in mocha and beige ($355 for a 47-square-foot roll, www.casartcoverings.com); Patrician rug in dark gray ($447, www.homedecorators.com).
SPLURGE . . .
Elsie swivel glider club chair in Suzanne Kasler greige linen ($953, www.ballard
Monahan adjustable tripod lamp in antique silver ($1,584, www.bellacor.com)
. . . OR SAVE
Luxe chair ($140) and charcoal slipcover ($120), both from www.worldmarket.com.
Studio spotlight ($279, www.homedecorators.com).
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