Betsy Howes-Bean renovated the kitchen in her Arlington home a few years ago, altering the footprint of the living room as well. Now that her children are older, she wants to get rid of the piano and add a TV to create a comfortable place to relax, as well as a space for entertaining family and friends. She is struggling to arrange furniture in a room with no uninterrupted walls.
Designer Shawna Underwood uses furniture with clean lines and a neutral palette to create a more sophisticated design for the room, taking advantage of the abundant natural light.
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Keep the walls a crisp white, such as Decorators White by Benjamin Moore , to give the room a bright background.
A chandelier placed in the center of the room draws the eyes up and adds height.
A wall-mounted television keeps the space neat and orderly.
Antique brass, marble and wood accents bring warmth and texture to the space.
Linen drapes give the windows a soft frame and heighten the room.
Remove the drapes from the center window to de-emphasize the uneven height of the ceiling and keep the window seat open.
Furniture: Lounge II 93-inch sofa in cement ($1,699, www.crateandbarrel.com); teak cube coffee table ($279, www.wisteria.com); Besta TV unit in white ($89, www.ikea.com); Leila marble-top side table ($249, www.potterybarn.com).
Accessories: Loloi Nyla sand and charcoal 9-by-12-foot area rug ($1,995, www.rugstudio.com); Tilda chandelier ($1,512, www.lumens.com); Emery linen/cotton 96-inch drapes in gray ($139) and extra-large light twist and knot basket ($119), both from www.potterybarn.com; acrylic column floor lamp in antique brass ($399) and small sculptural sphere in gold ($29), both from www.westelm.com; Stella pillow in blush ($35), artisanal patched lumbar pillow in indigo ($35) and blush embroidered tile pillow ($30), all from www.pier1.com; linen farmhouse three-seat cushion in flax ($175, www.ballarddesigns.com).
Graydon chair ($1,950, www.jayson home.com)
Olivia marble-top coffee table ($1,999, www.horchow.com).
Misha upholstered club chair ($723, www.wayfair.com).
Lucille gold/tempered glass top coffee table ($460, www.overstock.com).
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