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.
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.
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).
Spencer wood-framed leather recliner ($1,599, www.westelm.com).
Palmer mango-wood desk ($1,149, www.arhaus.com).
Meloni armchair in brown bonded leather ($479, www.homedecorators.com).
Kameron writing desk ($629, www.homedecorators.com).
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