Michele and Matt Zenowich’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

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.


The solution. (Illustration by Julius Goyanko for The Washington Post)

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., 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.


Furniture: Markham sofa in beige velvet ($1,099,; Million Dollar Rustic armoire ($405,

Accessories: Willa dhurrie pillow cover ($49.50) and Bolton indoor/outdoor lantern ($399), both from; antique bronze pharmacy floor lamp ($140,; solid silk hand-loomed pillow cover in horseradish ($44,; Dover blanket in platinum ($64,; Circa 1920 Spanish torch sconce ($195,; Empire six-inch parchment candelabra shade ($13,; Herringbone burlap drapery panels ($119 per 108-inch panel,; classical bust sculpture ($69,; Melani boxes ($139 for set of two) and Rami baskets ($209 for set of three), both from


Sorensen leather bench in Italian Brompton Chestnut ($2,085, www.restoration

Ellington oak large coffee table ($1,699,

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Hartwell upholstered bench in Groupie Praline fabric ($439, www.home

Azteca coffee table ($205,

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