Designer Kenneth Byrd adds a gallery wall and more seating and suggests replacing the carpet with dark hardwood floors to create a more modern space with plenty of room for guests.
An oversize cocktail table is the perfect place to spread out games, books and refreshments, or just put your feet. Reorient the seating arrangement, with the sofa on the wall between the windows, to take advantage of the length of the room. Floating ledge shelves create a flexible gallery wall where the Fincis can easily add or remove photos. The wall also serves as a focal point. Modernize the space by replacing the wall-to-wall carpet with rich hardwood floors. Use an area rug to define the seating area. Brighten the space by painting the walls a subtle off-white. Try Eider White by Sherwin Williams. A bench adds extra seating without blocking sight lines through the room, giving the design an open feel.
SPLURGE: Modern Moment bench in beige linen upholstery and Plume finish ($3,210, bakerfurniture.com), top. SAVE: Clarendon Channel bench in taupe ($959, niemanmarcus.com)
Accessories: Glass and gold cylinder fillable table lamps ($99.99 each, lampsplus.com); “Breath Taking” giclee on canvas wall art ($495, horchow.com); Holman five-foot ledges in rustic wood finish ($149 each, potterybarn.com); smooth velvet decorative throw pillows in dark blue with polyester fill ($33.60 each, hayneedle.com); custom lined 84-inch rod-pocket panels in Baylen taupe ($60 each, wayfair.com); oversize adjustable metal 44- to 108-inch curtain rods in antique brass ($109 each, westelm.com).
Materials: Five-inch mocha hickory engineered hardwood flooring ($2.79 per square foot, lowes.com).