Designer Christopher Zoltan Ritchie suggests a sectional to provide ample seating, create a reading nook by the window and establish a focal point. Modern but comfortable pieces update the look of the room while keeping it family-friendly.
Create a fresh, clean backdrop with a bright white paint, such as Extra White by Sherwin Williams . A large area rug defines the space while adding warmth and interest to the design. Place a floor lamp next to the chaise of the sectional to create a comfortable reading spot by the window with plenty of lighting, day or night. Choose a coffee table with a lower shelf to temporarily store in-progress board games during a break in the action. The sectional is both comfortable and functional, providing plenty of seating. It also creates a focal point. A pair of bookshelves flanking the window provides storage for games and a display area for accessories and family photos. Stylish poufs are a fun accent and can be pulled over to the table when extra seating is needed.
Ritchie, with Zoltan Design Co. (240-815-5510, zoltandesignco.com), is based in Frederick, Md.
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Furniture: Napa right sectional sofa in cognac tan ($2,450, polyandbark.com); Esters wood arm chairs in husk ($229.99 each), Farvell oval ottoman with gold caps in slate ($69.99) and wooden nesting tables ($37.99), all from target.com; Nash coffee table ($147.99, allmodern.com); Numero poufs set ($300, industrialhome.com).
Accessories: Pinchot coat rack ($239, industrialhome.com); Bismarck gray 9-by-12-foot area rug ($217.99, wayfair.com); metal framed round wall mirror in antique bronze ($299, westelm.com); Blueprint Monopoly patent 36-by-48-inch poster ($149.99, art.com).
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