Sue and Rob Okun’s room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Sue and Rob Okun of the District use their sunroom as a workspace, but they also want it to be warm and inviting and provide some storage. It acts as a pass-through between their dining room and their screened porch, but it also has windows and doors on every wall, so they are having trouble arranging furniture.


The solution. (Julius Goyanko / )

Designer Annette Phillips creates a larger workspace with face-to-face stations and adds a console table for storage. Phillips, of Inspired Design LLC (703-819-1071,, is based in Vienna.

Paint the walls a deep blue, such as Benjamin Moore’s Blue Daisy, to allow the walls to recede and the windows to stand out.

A round rug brings the furniture groupings together and adds softness and warmth.

A non-white ceiling prevents the blue walls from reflecting on the ceiling. Try Benjamin Moore’s Carrington Beige.

Install a simpler ceiling fan to make it more cohesive with the light fixture in the adjacent dining room.

A new chair creates a cozy nook for reading.

Natural shades add texture and can be closed in the colder months to prevent heat loss.


Furniture: Oxford adjustable-height office chair with arms in Chestnut ($229, ); Nicola low shelf in Chestnut ($300, ).

Accessories: Oriental Weavers Infinity rug in blue and beige ($600 for 8-foot round rug,; Dimond Farmhouse Bellwether copper table lamp ($318,; Brazoria table lamp ($169,; Minka Concept II bronze hugger-style 44-inch ceiling fan ($290,; cotton canvas stamped dot curtains ($39-$59,; Smith & Noble woven-jute shades in Fiji Mist (prices vary by size;; Barnes antiqued brass 28-to-48-inch curtain rod set ($70,; Real Simple fabric drawers in Chocolate ($10) and Soho small mirror ($110), both from; 16-by-26 lumbar pillow and Chiara ikat cover ($80,




Spencer wood-framed leather recliner ($1,599,

Palmer mango-wood desk ($1,149,

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Meloni armchair in brown bonded leather ($479,

Kameron writing desk ($629,

See past room makeovers by local designers here.

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