Joanne Keiser of Bethesda would like her dining room to be more functional and a focal point in her townhouse. The 13-by-19-foot space currently serves as a combination dining room-family room.
By swapping the dining and family room areas and choosing a cheery color for the walls, designer Sara Tuttle breathes fresh air into this stale space.
Paint walls a crisp green. It will make the trim pop and create an extension of the outdoors: Cedar Green by Benjamin Moore.
Hang floor-length curtain panels to add warmth and softness to the space. Ready-made panels can be customized with tape trim.
Replace the family-room furniture with the dining furniture to offer a view of the outdoors while enjoying meals and dinner guests.
Keep major furniture pieces neutral. Bring in color with pillows, lamps, artwork and other accessories.
Touches of nature make the room feel more alive. Orchids are beautiful and last for months; add one or two on the chest and coffee table.
Visually unify the space and make it feel more spacious with a large area rug. Sisal is a durable, affordable and classic option.
Create a dramatic focal point with a large map hung in simple black frames.
Sara Tuttle Interiors (703-528-3420, www.saratuttle.
com), is based in Arlington.
Lighting: Bubbles chandelier ($1,725, www.tonichome.com).
Accessories: Custom sisal rug with onyx border (priced according to size, www.naturalarearugs.com); Kaleidoscope pillow ($125, www.tonichome.com); Peyton linen drape, double-width, in French ivory (starts at $160, www.potterybarn.com); Greek key jacquard-style trim for drapery panels, in black and white ($10 per yard, www.mjtrim.com); Paris map in 8-by-10-inch sections (free to download, www.mediafire.com).
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Stanton pedestal table in black ($1,039, www.amish
Natural Tangerine Calcite Rock Candy Lamps ($4,000 per pair, www.swank
Diamond sofa round pedestal dining table in dark walnut ($400, www.homeclick.com).
Robert Abbey genie silver and yellow ceramic table lamp ($168, www.lamps
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