Interior Design Expert: Byron Risdon

A family room designed by Byron Risdon is both comfortable and stylish

The owners of a traditional Bethesda home wished to convert their kid-oriented family room into a space that adults could enjoy. After creating a kids playroom in the basement, they tapped Byron Risdon to redesign the family room in comfortable yet chic style.

Because the room is long and narrow, Risdon created two separate but cohesive seating areas. He painted, installed new flooring and redesigned the fireplace and surround. “I got some pushback on painting everything—walls, trim, windows and fireplace—the same color,” he recalls. “But the owners were pleasantly surprised at how calming the space became.” He also selected lighting, window treatments, art—and durable furniture. Says Risdon, “It’s still a place for the whole family to enjoy.”

Byron Risdon LlC
27 Franklin St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Photos: Stacy Zarin Goldberg