To accommodate large family gatherings, Vienna resident Anne Flaherty (pictured with Aidan, 5, and Catherine, 2) wants to use her formal living room as a dining room, but she’s at a loss as to how to furnish the adjacent former dining room.

Anne Flaherty’s home. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Roxanne Lumme turns the former dining space into a lounge, using a consistent color scheme and accessories to tie the spaces together. Lumme, of Roxanne Lumme Interiors (703-403-3973,, is based in McLean.

The solution. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)

Carry the same wall color throughout both rooms. Try a warm tan, such as Benjamin Moore’s Delaware Putty.

An accent color, such as the orange in the window treatments and lamps, helps tie the rooms together.

The Flahertys can comfortably entertain or read in the four new club chairs in the lounge area.

Another pair of chairs coordinates with the lounge and helps smooth the transition between the two spaces.

A new dining table extends for the Flahertys’ holiday and family gatherings.

A buffet can be used to serve food and store silverware and china.

Pottery Barn comfort roll upholstered side and arm chair. (Pottery Barn)

Cameron extension dining table. (Ethan Allen)

Cameron extension dining table in No. 766 finish ($2,349,

PB Comfort roll upholstered side chair in Oat Everydaysuede ($349,

Constance side chair in Weathered Oak. (Ballard Designs)

Tarvine double pedestal extension dining table in Antique Walnut. (Ballard Design)
. . . OR SAVE

Tarvine double pedestal extension dining table in Antique Walnut ($1,799,

Constance side chair in Weathered Oak ($279 for set of two,


Furniture: Emanuel Demilune buffet in No. 374 finish ( $2,599 , ); Gabby Ella coffee table ($747.50, ); Garrison leather club chair in brown bonded leather ($449, ); Rio chair in Cush Rainbow ($1,499, ); Carter metal display side table ($300, ).

Accessories: Double gourd table lamp in Modern Orange with white shade ($100, ); antiqued iron gold sun mirror ($711, ); “Eros I-IV” prints ($ 200 each) and “If I Had You” wall art ($381), both from ; Gabby Lewis chandelier ($672.50, ); Biscayne Natural rug with mitered/beige canvas border ($980 for 16-by-11-foot rug, ); Narratives Huxley rug in Orange Spice ($1,316 for 8-by-11-foot rug, ); Antonello floor lamp ($438, ); Damask Sweet Potato Natural curtain panels (prices vary by size, ).