(Julius Goyanko/For the Washington Post)

Stephanie Kane of Burke says her 13-by-22-foot family room “is suffering from clutter and gloominess.” She needs more storage, a place for the television and
child-friendly furniture.


Designer Lisa Montague de-clutters and creates a fresh and modern space for the whole family.

Montague, of Repose Interiors (703-409-9894, www.reposeinteriors.com), is based in Reston.

Stephanie Kane, left, wants to de-clutter her family room. (Leah L. Jones/For the Washington Post)

Paint the paneling
a light gray to brighten and update the room. Silver Fox by Benjamin Moore.

Add storage along the back wall for toys and clutter. Use the ledge as a rotating gallery of family photos and artwork.

Create a seating area in the center of the space and define it with an area rug.

Hang floor-length curtain panels from the ceiling to make the windows appear larger and the room more finished.

Mount the TV between the windows, which will cut down on glare and provide a focal point.

A console below the TV will hide bulky equipment and offer more storage.


Furniture: Woven rattan club chair ($800, www.wisteria.com); Blake sofa in charcoal faux suede ($1,200), sweep armchair in dandelion velvet ($499) and turned-leg dhurrie ottoman ($500) and rolling storage ($400), all from www.westelm.com; ginger blue side table ($300, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Lighting: Swing-arm wall sconce ($89) and modern lever-arm floor lamp ($700), both from www.shadesoflight.com.

Accessories: Eivor curtain panels ($14.99 for a pair) and Skuggig curtain rod in black ($14.99), both from www.ikea.com; satellite rug, 5 by 8 feet ($300, www.cb2.com).


Francis AV cabinet in palmwood ($2,550, www.bungalow5.com).

Piedmont two-tier side table ($1,170, www.bungalow5.com).

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Stornas buffet ($400, www.ikea.com).

Martini side table in lemon ($129, www.westelm.com).

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