Avid readers Carole and John Pescatore of Ashton want to spend more time enjoying books in their rarely used living room. The couple would like to incorporate colors from a tan, rust and blue quilt hanging outside the room’s entrance, and they’ll need a place to store all those books.
Designer Kelly Porter gives the Pescatores a reading room with a more contemporary look while sticking to their wish list. Porter, of Porter House Designs (410-382-4357, www.porterhousedesigns.com), is based in Baltimore.
The wall color picks up on a blue hue from the Pescatores’ existing quilt. Try Sherwin-Williams’s Gentian.
An ottoman plays many roles, serving as a coffee table, foot rest or extra seating for guests.
New bookcases, illuminated by cabinet lighting, serve as the room’s focal point. Mix in accessories among the books.
Canvas art with a primarily yellow color scheme complements the new blue walls.
New wingback chairs, with high backs and plush upholstery, offer comfortable seating for reading.
Furniture: Rockford sofa in slate blue velvet ($799, www.homedecorators.com); Thurston wing chair in chevron stripe gray fabric and cognac finish ($973, www.ballarddesigns
.com); Kelby end table in light gray ($220, www.hsn.com); Hemnes bookcase ($149), Hemnes glass-door cabinet ($320) and Grundtal cabinet light in white ($20), all from www.ikea.com.
Accessories: Gradient chevron throw pillow in blue and white ($67 for 20-by-20-inch pillow, www.zazzle.com ); Candice Olson Silky Circles rug in gray ($875 for 5-by-8-foot rug, www.shadesoflight.com ); Pamela triple gourd lamp ($187 for two, www.wayfair.com ); Paradise Courtyard garden stool in white ($119, www.overstock.com ); “Autumn Aspen, Yankee Boy Basin, Colorado, USA” canvas print ($200 for 30-by-40-inch canvas , www.allposters.com ); hanging-leaning floor mirror ($299, www.cb2.com ); Ellipse grommet-top sheer window panel s in cool white (prices vary by size, www.jcpenney.com ).
Colonette tufted ottoman in Patton White ($1,020, www.blisshomeanddesign.com).
Modern bamboo-inspired chandelier in brushed nickel ($1,374, www.shadesoflight.com).
Frenchy tufted ottoman ($199, www.pier1.com).
Omega chandelier ($519, www.homedecorators.com).
See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .
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