Javier and Eve Framinan’s living room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE CHALLENGE

Arlington resident Eve Framinan wants to overhaul her living room now that her daughter has moved out and taken her cat with her. She is looking for an informal space with lots of seating for entertaining. The natural light in the room is limited, so she hopes to brighten things with lighting.


The solution. (Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post)
THE SOLUTION

Designers Wendy Danziger and Mary Biletnikoff pair a bold rug with neutral furniture to create an inviting space with plenty room for guests. Danziger and Biletnikoff, of Danziger Design (301-365-3300, www.danzigerdesign.com), are based in Bethesda.

Add recessed lighting to brighten the space, and add lamps for more ambient light.

Paint the walls a warm neutral, such as Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.

Cover the radiator and add a radiator cover on the other side of the window to create a symmetrical backdrop for the furniture.

Use a mixture of textures — including fabric, wood, rattan, leather and metal — to create visual interest.

Streamline the room by using one Roman shade over two windows, instead of separate shades for each window.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Pennie sofa ($899) and chair ($499) in charcoal and Sebago chair with cushion in Dove ($899), all from www.crateandbarrel.com; Blaine coffee table ($599, www.potterybarn.com); Mercer round 18-inch side table in blackened rust ($250, www.restorationhardware.com).

Accessories: Floweret carpet squares in Clementine ($660 for 8-by-10 area, www.flor.com); small and large sculptural spheres in silver ($29-$39) and Patch NYC geo pillow in Mandarin ($19), both from from www.westelm.com; three-piece intricate circle wall art set ($139, www.crateandbarrel.com); Fichman Chestnut Hill furniture and radiator covers (starting at $250, www.fichman.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Metal drum floor lamp in antique silver ($699, www.restorationhardware.com).

Hermes signature cashmere blend waterwave throw in orange ($299, www.lampsplus.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Adesso director floor lamp in black ($165, www.target.com).

Perfect throw in mandarin ($29, www.westelm.com).

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

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