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Design Solutions

Divide the room into two zones with open bookcases placed opposite each other (one not shown).

Hang framed black-and-white photos. Later, swap the photo across from the chair with a flat-screen TV.

Paint the long walls Ocean Breeze and the short walls one shade darker, Aquarium Blue.

Paint the ceiling areas a shade lighter than the walls, Blue Angel. All paint from Benjamin Moore.

Daybeds do double duty as places to sit and sleep in the socializing half of the room.

Use an area rug to define the seating and sleeping space.

Have one chair slipcovered and curtains made with the same graphic fabric.

- Carol Freedman, Designer

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The Challenge

An upstairs room in Libby Crangle's Ashburn home is used as a play area for her two young daughters, Ella and Grace. She'd like to redesign the 10-by-26-foot space so it can also be used for studying and hanging out with friends as the girls grow.

The Solution

By dividing the room into two distinct zones (for studying and socializing) and adding lots of color, designer Carol Freedman creates a fun and inviting hangout for the girls and their friends to enjoy now and for years to come.

- Carol Freedman Design is based in Bethesda (301-320-2872, www.carolfreedmandesign.com).

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