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Debbie Hincewicz 's family room. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Debbie and Mike Hincewicz have struggled for years with the lack of storage in their 1960s Fairfax home. The family room has become a dumping ground for exercise equipment, laundry supplies and more. The Hincewiczes want storage solutions for an uncluttered look and a fresh, contemporary design that also incorporates their love of movies.


The solution. (Illustration by Julius Goyanko)

With simple, inexpensive storage units and a fresh coat of paint, Regan Billingsley organizes and updates the space. Billingsley, of Regan Billingsley Interiors (301-512-0547,, is based in Kensington.

Lighten the dark wood paneling with a neutral, warm gray. Try Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray.

Give the room a focal point by painting the fireplace surround, mantel and hearth blue. Try Benjamin Moore’s Coastline.

Turn movie posters into statement art by putting them in oversize frames and leaning them against the wall.

Pouf ottomans work well as extra, easy-to-move seating options for guests on movie nights.

Add orange accents with a patterned rug and pillows.


Furniture: Nailhead coffee table ($329) and Sylvan console table ($399), both from; pouf in jute/ivory ($60,; Pax wardrobe in white ($590) and Hemnes bookcase in gray-brown ($149), both from

Accessories: Small gourd lamp in French blue ($139,; wood bike storage ($50,; Rambagh crewel pillow ($28,; Mosque pillow in sky blue with poly fill ($64,; Mongolian lamb pillow cover in Pebble ($169,; Charade studded frames (prices vary by size,; poster frame in white ($25 for 27-by-40-inch frame,


Colonial spin table ($665, www.

Anchor saffron rug ($1,348 for 8-by-11-foot rug,

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Marilyn accent table ($179,

Five Seasons Sorrento rug in cream/terracotta ($199 for 8-by-11-foot rug, www.

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Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.



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