THE CHALLENGE

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

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, www.yourstyleinspired.com), 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.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Oxford adjustable-height office chair with arms in Chestnut ($229, www.homedecorators.com ); Nicola low shelf in Chestnut ($300, www.pier1.com ).

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

SPLURGE . . .

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Spencer wood-framed leather recliner ($1,599, www.westelm.com).

Palmer mango-wood desk ($1,149, www.arhaus.com).

. . . OR SAVE

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Meloni armchair in brown bonded leather ($479, www.homedecorators.com).

Kameron writing desk ($629, www.homedecorators.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers here.

Tell us about your design challenge. Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.