Designer Charles C. Almonte uses clean lines and a calming color palette to inject fresh, modern style into a lackluster space.
Install simple cove molding to add interest and make the room look more polished.
Candle sconces provide mood lighting; table lamps provide ambient lighting.
Place a bench in front of the fireplace for extra seating that doesn’t block the view.
An easy-to-clean leather ottoman offers more seating and a surface for trays when entertaining.
Hang window treatments for a more finished look. White wood blinds are simple yet elegant.
Paint the walls
a warm and sophisticated teal:
St. Lucia by Benjamin Moore.
Dark upholstery camouflages spills and stains.
Furniture: Vejmon side table in black-brown ($100, www.ikea.com); Pullman brown leather bench ($300, www.crateandbarrel.
com); Twisty stool, short ($165, www.
Lighting: Candice Olson Sahara natural table lamp ($578, www.lightinguniverse.com).
Antiqued mirror sconce ($49) and Flowers by the Sea print ($180) from www.ballarddesigns.com; Chunky hand-knit throw in saffron ($59, www.potterybarn.com); lacquer wood tray in orange ($29, www.westelm.com).
Almonte (202-492-8494, www.charlesalmonte.com) is based in Silver Spring.
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