Reupholster the existing chairs. Place the existing Tulip side table between them.

A modern arc floor lamp helps bring down the large scale of the room.

Several conversational spaces are convenient for entertaining.

A chair in a different style, scale and pattern than the rest will add dimension to the room.

Philips living room (Leah L. Jones/LEAH L. JONES)

Curtain panels accentuate the room’s height. The vibrant pattern sets the tone for the room.

Place a sectional against the stone wall to allow access through the glass doors.

A painted wall application gives the old stone wall new life.

THE CHALLENGE

Trish Philips and Robert Sullivan of Great Falls are having trouble pulling together their 19-by-16-foot living room. Their attempts “have always been awkward or unwelcoming,” she writes.

THE SOLUTION

By arranging several furniture groupings and infusing subtle bits of color, designer Charlotte Bravo creates a space that complements the modern architecture and allows for easy entertaining.

Philips living room (Julius Goyanko/JULIUS GOYANKO)
SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture. Lorimer sectional with chaise ($1,500, www.westelm.com); metal accordion side table ($64, www.urbanoutfitters.com); pebble side table ($149, www.westelm.com); plank house coffee table ($598, www.anthropologie.com); frame console table ($600, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Lighting. Baluster outline lamp ($279, www.wisteria.com); Marina task floor lamp ($300, www.potterybarn.com).

Accessories. Stockholm Blad curtains ($60, www.ikea.com); Mota 2 rug (from $1,555, www.2modern.com); Casablanca lanterns (from $8, www.zgallerie.com); mango lacquer vase ($60, www.zgallerie.com); teardrop wall application ($42, www.2modern.com); Zenith pillow ($40, www.crateandbarrel.com); Halina pillow ($35, www.cb2.com).

3Bravo, of the Vintage Vogue Design Studio (443-653-5029, www.thevintagevogue.com), is based in Baltimore.

SPLURGE . . .

Bertoia diamond lounge chair ($1,010, www.dwr.com).

Arco arc lamp ($2,696, www.hivemodern.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Hatfield grellow rocker ($200, www.cb2.com).

Big dipper arc lamp ($200, www.cb2.com).

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