The Williams family of Vienna has a 9-by-19-foot playroom next to the kitchen. It was perfect when Connor, 12, and Paige, 9, were younger, but now the room needs updating. Their mother, Amber, wants to convert the space into a big-kid study lounge that is modern and fun.


By creating flexible work and lounge areas, designer Carol Freedman turns the toy room into a sophisticated study space.

Designate spaces for homework, reading and projects so that several family members can use the room at once.

Connor Williams, 12, and Paige Williams, 9 (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Woven shades add texture and privacy. The color should contrast with the trim and walls.

Use a rug to tie the color scheme together. This mat draws from the blue walls and orange-and-red accessories.

Emphasize storage. The top of this coffee table opens to reveal hidden compartments.

Lounge chairs make the space feel comfortable. Use them for reading and relaxing.

An arc light is an elegant and modern touch. In a colorful room, keep the shade simple.

Go bold in a light-filled room. The walls are painted Bedford Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Carol Freedman Design (301-320-2872, www.carolfreedmandesign.com) is based in Bethesda.


Furniture: Rustic storage coffee table ($500, www.westelm.com); Helix white oak 70-inch wall-mounted desk ($250, www.cb2.com); rolling storage in white ($400 for 3 by 2 feet, www.westelm.com); Echo orange chair ($90, www.cb2.com).

Lighting: Meryl floor lamp ($330, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Accessories: Day Tripper floor mat ($198 for 46 by 66 inches, domesticconstruction.
); natural woven flat fold shades in Portia/Ivory (priced according to size, www.smithandnoble.com); Tone Fitness anti-burst exercise ball ($20, www.toysrus.com); Ribba frames in birch effect ($20 each, www.ikea.com).


Eames molded plywood lounge chair ($1,000, www.dwr.com).

Context Furniture Truss A-Frame table in white ($650, www.2modern.com).

Link medium table lamp in orange ($380, www.roomandboard.com).

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Boise chair ($230 for a set of two, www.target.com).

X desk in antique oak ($460, www.ballarddesigns.com).

Orange desk lamp by Lite Source ($35, www.amazon.com).

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