Using paint to lighten the walls and the furniture, designer Meredith Ericksen makes a drab and dated space shine.
Ericksen, of Tuscan Blue Design (301-620-0500), is based in Frederick.
— Replace old floor covering with a subtly patterned and stain-resistant wall-to-wall carpet.
— Add extra storage shelves and closed cabinets for keeping toys and games tucked away.
— A sectional with an easily removable and washable cover is comfy and family-friendly.
— Update the dated ceiling with raised-panel ceiling tiles and recessed lighting.
— Create a gallery wall with a collection of family photos in black frames with white mattes.
— Paint the paneling
Sea Urchin and the accent wall Saybrook Sage, both by Benjamin Moore.
— Paint the existing shelf and add doors for more closed storage.
·Hemnes console in white ($225, www.ikea.com)
·Abbeville large five-compartment stacking cabinet with baskets in rubbed white ($500, www.ballarddesigns.com)
·Abbeville double door stacking cabinet in rubbed white ($220,www.ballarddesigns.com)
·Alang floor lamp ($40, www.ikea.com)
·Ihlene table lamp ($200, www.crateandbarrel.com)
·Grass green Anywhere beanbag ($100, www.potterybarnkids.com)
·Single raised panel ceiling tiles (price varies according to style, www.armstrong.com)
·Karastan Sands of Time wall-to-wall carpet in pelican island (price based on size, www.karastan.com)
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