Scott Brewer and Sarah Wright moved into their Silver Spring home a little more than a year ago, and they are struggling to find the right style and arrangement for their 18-by-15-foot living room. They want a multifunctional space for watching television, enjoying the fireplace and playing games, but a long radiator under the window limits furniture placement options.

Silver Spring, MD - September 21: Scott Brewer, left, Sarah Wright and Laszlo the rabbit have their room photographed for a redesign on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Silver Spring, MD. (Leah L. Jones/ForTheWashingtonPost)

Designers Alex Deringer and Courtney Cox use sleek, minimalist furniture and mixed metals to create a space that is suitable for everyday living and entertaining. The palette of grays, blues and reds draws out some of the natural colors in the stone fireplace.

House calls1214 after (Rodney Co. /3D Storm Studio)

An extra-long sofa provides additional space for lounging. When the budget allows, consider hanging linen curtain panels to highlight and frame the large bay window. A neutral gray paint with warm undertones, such as Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray, keeps the space from feeling cold and stark. Choose mid-century modern furniture pieces with a sleek profile to complement the style and colors of the stone fireplace. Mix metal finishes to add depth and create the feel of a room that’s been put together over time. A media cabinet to the left of the fireplace balances out the long wall and provides storage.

From left, Deringer and Cox, with Ivy Lane Living (, 703-746-9702), are based in Alexandria.


SPLURGE: Bernhardt Furniture Interiors Franco fabric chair ($2,016, unlimitedfurniture, left. SAVE: Dove-gray textured woven Abbott chair ($349.99,

SPLURGE: Samuel cocktail table ($2,197,, left. SAVE: Muir coffee table ($999,


Furniture: Andes 113-inch sofa in Metal worn velvet ($2,198) and arc base 42-inch pedestal table in Smoke ($499), both from; round gray Seren chair and a half ($399.99) and half-moon ottoman ($219.99), Lydia dining chairs in denim blue linen ($319.98 for two), glass Lorelei accent table ($99.99) and gold Cala hammered drum accent table ($149.99), all from; Collins mahogany brown tall TV stand ($428.38,

Accessories: Posh red 9-by-12-foot area rug ($899,; large mobile chandelier in antique bronze ($299,; faceted pewter Flynn table lamp bases ($59.99 each), feathered chevron table lamp shades ($24.99 each), brass and walnut wood tripod floor lamp base ($199.99) and linen floor lamp shade ($34.99), all from; 18-inch Pentas pillows in red/neutral with down fill ($69.60 each,; Lola decorative rectangular throw pillows with down fill ($57.60 each,; Suzanne 7-by-27-inch bolster pillow in navy deco stripe ($120,; classic Belgian flax linen 84-inch curtain panels with cotton lining in Flagstone ($99 each,; “Winter Path” 36-by-48-inch art ($329,

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