Designer Victor Sanz suggests de-emphasizing awkward architectural elements to update a Silver Spring home.

Designer Leslie Lofgren uses clean lines and a simple color palette to overhaul a blank-slate den.

How to create a comfortable screened porch with room for dining and relaxing.

Replace a sofa and love seat with a modern sectional to update an awkward space.

A bland pass-through space needs a focal point — and some comfortable seating.

Calming blues and greens, as well as a mixture of materials, make this new outdoor living space shine.

Desks, extra storage and a comfortable sofa help create a room that does double duty.

Designer Zoe Feldman allots separate zones for dining and conversation.

Designer Sharon Hayden creates a space with room for relaxation, hobbies and entertaining.

Designer Annie Elliott uses bold accents and versatile seating to create a fun space.

Designer Dana Tydings uses wallpaper and colorful accents to turn a formal living room into a comfortable retreat.

A designer uses furniture to create visual separation in a large, open space.

‘Mishmash’ family room is transformed with a mixture of transitional and mid-century modern pieces.

A soothing neutral paint color and blue accents help create a tranquil retreat.

Designer Sarita Simpson goes for large, traditional pieces and chooses a color palette to complement the rug — without seeming too formal.

Designer Lana Barth uses durable paint and fabrics while adding storage and fun accent pieces.

Smaller-scale furniture and neutral paint create a sophisticated entry and seating area.

To take a room from toddler to timeless, designer Shawna Underwood goes with warm, natural finishes.

Colorful accent pieces brighten a mostly neutral palette for a warm, comfortable space.

Soft neutrals, colorful accents and a large area rug complete the makeover.

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