Miriam Friedman installed new flooring in the 16-by-17-foot den of her Silver Spring home after a flood but hasn’t replaced the furniture she lost. She wants to furnish and decorate the room as a comfortable hangout and workspace for teens and adults. She prefers Scandinavian-style pieces and would like to include beanbag chairs. Her ideal space would have a calming, neutral feel with colorful accents.
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
Designer Leslie Lofgren applied the clean lines and simple color palettes of Scandinavian design to the space. She kept the large pieces, such as the sofa and media unit, neutral and added color and pattern with the area rug, art and small accent pieces. She also chose furniture that contrasts with the flooring to allow the floor to stand out.
Paint the walls a soft neutral with blue undertones, such as Reflection by Sherwin-Williams, to highlight the wood floors. An area rug will help tie the lounging area together and define the space, making the room feel bigger. A slim, wall-mounted media unit creates storage without overwhelming the room. A long, low bookcase behind the sofa , used to display books and sculptural objects, provides a more interesting sight than the back of the sofa upon entering the room. Choose a colorful storage end table that doubles as a tray, perfect for movie nights with popcorn. Add a desk to give the teens a place to do homework.
Lofgren, with Zoltan Design Co. (240-815-5510, zoltandesignco.com), is based in Frederick, Md.
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