Repaint the bricks in a creamier white to add warmth: Dover White from Sherwin-Williams.

A swivel chair makes it easy to watch TV or join conversations in the adjacent room.

Tables that double as storage can hold blankets or throws for movie nights.

A rug defines the seating area and brings pattern and softness to the space.

Group a seating area around the fireplace and TV.

A console can be used for storage and task lighting, and for doing homework or paying bills.

Paint walls Firenze and Wasabi from Benjamin Moore Affinity.


The Herzbergs want to turn the living room in their McLean home into a comfortable family room. They’d like to use the 25-by-12-foot space to play the piano and Wii and to read and watch TV. Everything in the room can go.


With paint, new furniture and an improved floor plan, designer Sherry Burton Ways brings function and warmth to a once-formal space.

3Ways, of Kreative Ways and Solutions, is based in the District (888-280-8318, ).


Reagan sofa in olive
($700, ); Sweep armchair ($500, ); nailhead espresso cocktail table trunk ($170, ); pyramid espresso trunk end table ($149, www.overstock.

Cal lighting wrought iron/
resin table lamp ($144, ).

Accessories. Momeni Tibet Collection Tibet 20 beige rug (from $309, www.rugsusa.


Industrial tool
chest console
(from $1,495, www.restoration

Cara leather swivel chair in yucca green ($1,795, www.mgbw

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Walnut cherry ladder console table ($296, ).

Amos swivel chair
in putty ($699, www.

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