Bethesda resident Ann Puderbaugh is ready to rethink her living room, starting by replacing the worn-out carpet with hardwood floors. For family gatherings and movie watching, Puderbaugh needs storage and seating, plus new curtains to prevent TV glare and durable fabrics and furniture finishes to withstand abuse from her 10-year-old son.

Ann Puderbaugh’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Designer Jessica Bonness finds flooring and furniture in rustic finishes that can withstand wear and tear and provide comfortable seating — all with a color palette of bold blues and red accents.Bonness, of JGB Interiors (202-997-6203,, is based in the District.

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

Flooring with a distressed-wood look creates a neutral base for the room.

The sleek metal-topped coffee and side tables will stand up to any bumps and bangs.

Replace thin drapes with heavier linen drapes in blue to help prevent sunlight glare on the television.

Bring in blue accents with pillows, ceramic stools and art. The stools provide additional places hold drinks or a book.

A light neutral wall color pairs well with the distressed floors. Try Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.


Furniture: Taraval two-piece sectional sofa in Putty with oak base ($4,698,; Adams chair in Vienna Brick fabric, driftwood finish and standard fill ($1,603,; Hampshire coffee table ($999) and end table ($599) both from

Accessories: Regina Andrew concrete-and-brass table lamp ($298,; antiqued 20-inch metal drum pendant in vintage brass ($275) and textured linen weave drapery panels in navy (prices vary by size), both from; Indigo Dot wall art ($600,; Nantucket open-weave pillow ($220,; Resist Dot indigo pillow ($88,; Tripp Foil long tray ($28,; Suroy box ($140,; Casablanca Moroccan rug ($2,995 for 8-by-10-foot rug,

Materials: Wide-plank vinyl flooring in Ashen Barnside finish ($2.50 per square foot,


Diamoned-patterned stool in blue. (Wisteria)

Printmaker’s media console in Antiqued Pine finish (Restoration Hardware)

Diamond-pattern stool in blue ($275,

Printmaker’s media console in antiqued pine ($1,295 for 81-inch console,

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Net ceramic stool in blue. (Pottery Barn)

Kavari media console. (Crate & Barrel)

Net ceramic stool in blue ($199, www.

Kavari media console ($899,

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