THE CHALLENGE

Matt and Nina Foucheux’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Nina and Matthew White of Broad Run are finding the long-narrow seating area of their great room difficult to arrange. They want to use the space for entertaining and watching television, but they don’t want to hang the TV over the fireplace. They also don’t want to block the view from the three sets of French doors.

THE SOLUTION

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

Designer Lena Kroupnik strategically places additional seating to allow the Whites to comfortably entertain and watch TV. Kroupnik, of Lena Kroupnik Interiors (240-505-6783, www.lenakroupnikinteriors.com), is based in Rockville.

Paint the walls a subtle gray-green, such as Michael’s Moon from Barry Dixon’s Naturals collection for C2 Paint.

An ottoman can serve as both coffee table and additional seating.

Add cabinets that match the ones in the kitchen for extra storage under the television.

Lighted willow branches on the mantel draw attention to the fireplace.

Chairs by the fireplace create an inviting area for conversation.

Add plants to make the room feel cozier.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Carmen three-piece sectional in Toasted Pecan ($1,940,www.pier1.com); Powell Bombay wood-framed postcard chairs ($499 each, www.hayneedle.com); Aracari low 26-inch table in zinc and clear powdercoat finishes ($199, www.crateandbarrel.com); Alice slipcovered dining chairs in Antwerp charcoal ($599 each) and antique carved monkey accent table ($134), both from www.arhaus.com.

Accessories: Torriana wall clock ($249) and Brayden tall 60-inch mirror in rust-bronze and gold-leaf finish ($493), both from www.amazon.com; lighted 39-inch willow branches ($18, www.lightsforalloccasions.com); Mr. Herzher’s pet crate in medium ($185, www.wayfair.com); Blavinge curtains with tie-backs in beige and dark brown ($40 per pair, www.ikea.com).

SPLURGE . . .

(Arhaus.)

(Arhaus)

Butler square tufted leather ottoman with trays in Libby espresso ($1,399, www.arhaus.com).

Merle console table with flower tray in black ($499, www.arhaus.com).

. . . OR SAVE

(Wayfair)

(Sears)

Wetherly leather quilted ottoman ($493, www.wayfair.com).

Leick demilune console table in slate black ($134, www.staples.com).

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