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Design Solutions

Place the TV where it can be viewed from the family room and the adjacent kitchen.

Paint walls blue for instant sophistication: Amsterdam by Benjamin Moore Affinity.

Layer an area rug over the wall-to-wall carpet to define the seating area.

Add a coffee table that can double as a work space, game table or serving area.

Use Roman shades to control light and privacy and make the windows appear symmetrical.

Use stain-resistant fabrics that are child- and pet-friendly.

- Borza, Designer

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The Challenge

The 14-by-17-foot family room in the Clifton home of Debbie and Sean Scott (shown with kids Rachel and Alex) has many quirks, including two-story windows and one wall for furniture. They'd like an adult space that can also stand up to children and pets.

The Solution

With color, window treatments and a new furniture arrangement, designer Gloria Borza turns an awkward room into a sophisticated, family-friendly space.

- Borza, of Trenzey Designs (703-943-9129, www.trenzey.com), is based in Oak Hill.

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