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Finding plenty of room for living in a small space

AFTER: Designer Zoe Feldman creates a chic and cozy living space for relaxing and entertaining. (Sketch by Julius Goyanko/For The Washington Post)

“Help!” wrote Genevieve Contey. “I bought a one-bedroom in D.C. and am having a difficult time figuring out how to decorate.” The room is 13 by 17 feet and must function as a living and dining area.


By using multipurpose furniture and blending bold and neutral colors, designer Zoe Feldman creates a chic and cozy living space for relaxing and entertaining. (Dining area not shown.)

Click through the before-and-after photos above and read the captions for more information.

Paint walls and trim one color to make the room feel bigger (Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath.)

Lampert lounger ($2,945,; Jasper custom 71-inch studio sofa in Vance indigo ($1,400, (SPLURGE/ SAVE)

An oversize mirror opens up the narrow space by serving as a makeshift window.

Paint doors a high-gloss black to unify them with the dark frames on the windows and sliding doors.

Clear glass and Lucite furniture are good choices for small spaces; they take up less visual space.

Curtain panels mounted just beneath the ceiling give height to the room.

A bold color daybed adds depth to the room and warmth to the windows and creates a focal point.

Add a console to display a TV or set up a wet bar.

Designer Zoe Feldman, of Zoe Feldman Design, (202-719-8062) is based in the District.

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·Azure sofa in Whitney Sky ($1,800, Crate and Barrel)

·Peekaboo clear coffee table ($250, CB2)

·Macau armchair in antique white ($250, Ballard Designs)

·Chinese garden stool in light blue ($130, Wisteria)

·Venice console ($1,250, Horchow)


·Arteriors Royalton sconce in nickel ($408, Lighting Cellar)


·Flokati rug, 8 by 10 feet ($545, Serena & Lily)

·Hibiscus wall mirror ($1,495, Plantation Design)

·Silk pole-pocket window panel in ivory, 96 inches ($99, West Elm)

·Turquoise pillow cover from Chic Decor Pillows ($40, Etsy)

·Ikat pillow, purple ($75) and Keep Calm and Carry On pillow ($30) from Well Appointed House.

Visit Zoe Feldman’s Web site to see more of this design.

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