Kitchens and bathrooms are all about big changes to plumbing and electrical systems. By contrast, bedrooms are fun, easy, and relatively inexpensive to make over.
In many cases, you can accomplish a stunning bedroom makeover with just new fabrics, paint, light fixtures, curios, inexpensive art pieces, and window treatments.
Renowned designer Candice Olson has shared a number of great bedroom makeover photos in everyone's favorite format: before and after. After all, it's just as much fun to look at bad befores as it is to bask in the beautiful afters.
About Candice Olson
Candice Olson is an interior designer. Ms. Olson's book, Candice Olson Bedrooms, was published by Wiley, July 2012. Millions of viewers follow her shows, Divine Design with Candice Olson and Candice Tells All.
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Bedroom 1: All Its "Before" Glory
What lies before you is your standard-issue hideous bedroom:
- Mousy carpet.
- Ceiling light fixture more appropriate for an interrogation room.
- An unwelcoming bed.
- Horrible bedroom paint more appropriate for a child's room, circa 1985.
Come to think of it, this bedroom isn't so much nasty as it is devoid of anything. Outside of that odd paint, the room is a nothing, a zero: null and void of personality.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Bedroom 1: After Its Makeover
Now, where would you rather sleep?
This bedroom makeover shouts personality and comfort. The red, black, and white on the bed play well with each other, giving the room a strong focal point.
And a new light fixture. Hallelujah!Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Bedroom 1: Another View of Its Glorious Makeover
Candice Olson incorporated soothing natural colors as a background for that vibrant red/white/black combo on the bed.
Note the presence of a red accent wall to tie in with that bed area.
The chaise lounge atop the faux animal skin adds an air of decadence and widens the room's functionality. Now you can use the bedroom for more than just sleeping. Read, nap, watch TV, or browse the Internet on this comfortable chaise.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Bedroom 2 "Before:" Who Could Ever Live Here?
This bedroom, in its "before" state, is bad beyond belief:
- A misguided attempt at choosing a paint scheme.
- Drywall patches everywhere.
- Nasty fake wood-grain furniture.
- Falling-down window shades.
And that's just scratching the surface.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Bedroom 2: After a Little (Scratch That: "Lot of") TLC
A person could really love this bedroom.
Olson added a chair for reading, and a track light has been installed on the ceiling.
Touches of green on the bed complement the bedroom's fresh green paint scheme. A new ceiling light fixture replaces the old bullet-style fixture. The fixture is round, and its shape is mirrored by the circular ceiling medallion.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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Opposite "After" View of Bedroom #2 Makeover
Moving to the other side of the room, we see that this bedroom makeover has brought in one thing that's usually in short supply: storage.
Spaces under stairs are inconveniently triangle-shaped, so Olson installed shelves to fit the space. That small upper shelf with the baskets could be used to store pens, pencils, stationary, laptop cords, flash drives, pre-bed meds, or items you don't want toddlers to access.
To the right, the translucent glass closet allows you to see the outline of the clothing stored inside but doesn't give away too many details.