The 12-by-12-foot living room area in Crystal Straughn’s new Silver Spring townhouse is a blank slate. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
THE CHALLENGE

The 12-by-12-foot living room area in Crystal Straughn’s new Silver Spring townhouse is a blank slate. She’d like some help with the floor plan and advice on where to place the TV.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Peggy Fisher uses modern furniture and a sophisticated color palette to turn this empty space into an inviting place to call home.

Woven shades add layers and texture to the room and offer privacy and light control.

Keep the TV where it is; the seating is far enough away to allow for a comfortable viewing angle.

A soft area rug grounds the seating area and adds softness and color to the space.

Kivik sofa and chaise longue in Ingebo dark blue ($748, www.ikea.com).Tribeca triangle coffee table ($336, www.overstock.com) (SAVE)

Bring in something vintage, like this wing chair found at a consignment store, to add character and personality to the room.

A storage ottoman can be used as extra seating and to store blankets. Turn the top over for a flat surface to be used as a side table.

A neutral sofa is the perfect pairing for colorful accent chairs. Center the sofa area with a pendant light hung directly overhead.

Paint walls in a blue-green and a silver-gray: Beach Glass and Sterling by Benjamin Moore.

Fisher Group (703-750-1151, www.designbuildrenovate.com) is based in Annandale.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Wing chair (no longer available, www.misspixies.com); reclaimed wood weathered tanki table ($205, www.overstock.com); slipper chair in peacock ikat ($330, www.urbanoutfitters.
com
); Alseda stool ($30, www.ikea.com);

Sheridan green leather storage ottoman with tray ($45, www.target.com).

Lighting: Ikea PS pendant lamp ($40, www.ikea.com).

Accessories: Ogden rug, 6-by-9 feet ($600, www.crateandbarrel.com); Belize natural Roman shades in Tortoise Bay (priced according to size, www.nextdayblinds.com; medium rectangle planter ($59, www.sears.com).

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