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When Barneseville, Md., resident Tiffany Ayers moved into her 1820s Colonial home, the former owners left a pool table she and her family rarely use. The Ayerses want to add seating for guests and a fresh coat of paint in the hopes the pool room will get more use.


Designer Shawna Underwood chooses modern fabrics and finishes with country-style furniture to create the perfect space to entertain and relax. Underwood, of Shawna Under­wood Interior Design (240-338-2247, ), is based in the District.

Highlight the exposed-beam wall by painting the adjacent walls white. Try Benjamin Moore’s Decorators White.

Add a modern flair by painting the trim black. Use Benjamin Moore’s Black Tar.

Two Windsor-style chairs have a modern black finish but match the classic, country style of the home.

A chrome mobile bar can store drinks for guests and be easily moved when not in use.

A seagrass area rug is a good anchor for the pool table. It’s durable and doesn’t detract from the hardwood floor.

Chalkboard wall art can be used to keep score during a game.

A rustic iron chandelier centers the room and provides ample lighting for playing pool.


Furniture: Berkshire armchair in charcoal ($359, ); Hampton Casement sideboard in Black Oak Drifted ($1,440, ); Ernest chrome bar cart ($179, ).

Accessories: Iszy billiard stick and ball wall rack in black ($40,; seagrass rug with black trim ($299 for 9-by-12-foot rug,; Meyer task floor lamp ($249,; large horseshoe sculpture ($143) and small horseshoe sculpture ($116), both from; wood blinds in snow (price varies by size,

Art: Toronto destination tag silkscreen ($329) and Paris destination tag silkscreen ($329), both in white frames (; cutting board chalkboards ($25,; “Log Buildings, 1969” framed print ($289,


Camino chandelier ($725 for small, www.restoration

Montville chair in solid Tyler Red and Latte finish ($1,299,

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Lacey chandelier ($300,

Thurston chair in Twill Crimson and Driftwood finish ($891, www.ballard