After nearly doubling the square footage of their Charles Town, W.Va., home, Michele and Matt Zenkowich are at a loss over how to decorate their great room. The couple want the large, walk-through area to be cozy enough for watching a movie together but with enough seating to entertain guests.
Designer Paul Corrie creates a cozy and cohesive seating area using sophisticated furniture and a mostly neutral palette with blue, silver and yellow accents. Corrie, of Paul Corrie Interiors (202-234-0653, www. paulcorrie.com), is based in the District.
A floor lamp adds additional task lighting and takes advantage of in-floor outlets installed by the homeowners.
Paint the walls a muted, pale yellow to pair with the yellow sunroom and dining area. Try Benjamin Moore’s Greenmount Silk.
Incorporate color with accessories, such as pillows and a throw blanket, which can be easily changed.
In a large room, ground the seating area with a rug. The subtle pattern and neutral shade work with accents of almost any color.
A potted tree adds color and gives balance to the large armoire.
Accessories: Willa dhurrie pillow cover ($49.50) and Bolton indoor/outdoor lantern ($399), both from www.potterybarn.com; antique bronze pharmacy floor lamp ($140, www.worldmarket.com); solid silk hand-loomed pillow cover in horseradish ($44, www.westelm.com); Dover blanket in platinum ($64, www.homedecorators.com); Circa 1920 Spanish torch sconce ($195, www.restorationhardware.com); Empire six-inch parchment candelabra shade ($13, www.wayfair.com); Herringbone burlap drapery panels ($119 per 108-inch panel, www.ballarddesigns.com); classical bust sculpture ($69, www.wisteria.com); Melani boxes ($139 for set of two) and Rami baskets ($209 for set of three), both from www.homedecorators.com.
Sorensen leather bench in Italian Brompton Chestnut ($2,085, www.restoration
Ellington oak large coffee table ($1,699, www.arhaus.com).
Hartwell upholstered bench in Groupie Praline fabric ($439, www.home
Azteca coffee table ($205, www.wayfair.com).
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