Cade and Leah Crisafi’s living room before. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Leah and Cade Crisafi recently bought a mid-century modern home in Silver Spring. They’d like to replace their living room furniture with pieces that fit the era of the home as well as complement the modern built-in sofa. They also need help placing the television and a piano they plan to buy.


Carol Freedman’s solution. (Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

Designer Carol Freedman retains the mid-century features of the room, including wood paneling, and adds furniture and accessories that augment the aesthetic.

Freedman, of Carol Freedman Design (301-320-2872,, is based in Bethesda.

Keep the wood paneling, but tone down the ceiling with a warm gray, such as Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore.

Repeat the paint color on the dining room walls to make the rooms feel more connected.

Add a contemporary area rug and textured modern pillows to create a mix of styles in the room.

When shopping for a piano, look for something with a black or very dark finish, to contrast with the wood paneling.

Reupholster the built-in sofa with a modern chenille tweed.

Add a comfortable lounge chair and ottoman for watching television and enjoying the fire.


Furniture: Womb chair and ottoman in avocado boucle ($1,349,; Peggy mid-century right terminal chaise in eucalyptus heathered weave ($1,299,

Accessories: Lotus cigar floor lamp with walnut base ($510 for large,; tie-dye stripes pillow ($40,; chenille tweed fabric in Frost gray, for the built-in sofa ($20 per yard,; Zsa Zsa pillow ($165,; green two-tone geometric throw ($35,; Intergalactic floor lamp ($250,; Chickadee multi vase ($25) and chartreuse vase ($15), both from; mosaic stripe area rug in blue ($1,099 for 9-by-12-foot rug,




Noguchi table with walnut base ($1,679,

Grove 60-inch media cabinet in walnut ($2,399,

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Fuller cocktail table with walnut base ($949,

Large mid-century media console in acorn ($899,

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