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Design Solutions

Hang curtain panels to frame and soften the large expanse of windows. Pull them closed for privacy.

Reposition the existing sectional to make the room look and feel more open and inviting.

Tuck two small ottomans beneath the console to pull out for extra seating as needed.

Neutral walls allow the other colors in the room to stand out. (Putnam Ivory by Benjamin Moore.)

An oversize wall mural adds personality to the space and is a fun focal point.

Define the room with an area rug. Carpet tiles are a stylish and child-friendly choice.

Add tables cabinets for storage and display space.

- Denise Willard, Designer

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The Challenge

The family room in Tuyen and Steve Schrage's Falls Church home lacks personality. The couple (shown with daughters Kyra, Emma Ly and Sydney) would like to use what they have to bring the 19-by-16-foot room back to life.

The Solution

By rearranging the furniture and adding color and a wall mural, designer Denise Willard turns a dull space into a dynamic family hangout.

- Willard, of Decor by Denise (703-714-7343, www.decorbydenise.com), is based in Vienna.

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