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Before: Too BigContinue to 2 of 20 below.
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After: Crisp and Organized
The star of this living room makeover is the ventless fireplace, providing a visual anchor to prevent the eye from wandering upward and away. Books in the fireplace's built-in shelf are fitted with bright, solid-color dust jackets, encouraging the eye to focus on the fireplace area. While the previous Danish-style mid-century modern chairs and sofa were fine pieces, the new sectional and heavy leather chairs are more solid, cozy, and substantial.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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After: Big Changes
To add space, this living room makeover began with the removal of a wall separating the living room from the kitchen. Right on the heels of the wall removal came the installation of engineered wood flooring, a dimensionally stable product consisting of a thin veneer of real hardwood fused to a plywood base. The dark wall color is Sherwin-Williams' Iron Ore.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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Before: Empty and Green
What do you do with a living room that is severely out of date? Melissa from the blog The Happier Homemaker was confronted with a living room with "pretty dated" paint colors. Most tellingly, though, the room sported a nook over the fireplace worthy of a decades-old 27-inch cathode-ray TV. To make this room habitable, she would have to make major changes.Continue to 6 of 20 below.
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Capitalizing on the home's great bones, Melissa kept the basic structure of the living room with its parallel side nooks. But she erased the "hated" TV nook over the fireplace by installing a piece of drywall and framing it with trim. For a classic look, she brought in Pottery Barn leather armchairs and a slipcovered Ethan Allen sofa. A triad of close-in-shade gray paint colors from Sherwin-Williams (Agreeable Gray, Chelsea Gray, and Dorian Gray) finish off the living room's traditional, stately feeling.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Living rooms are made for living, and this one had no problem there. It was cozy, comfy, and familiar. As designer Aniko (of the blog Place of My Taste) says, the room lacked "love and personality." How to fix this, especially when Aniko's clients didn't want to switch out their big, cushy leather furniture? Aniko had a few ideas.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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After: InspiredContinue to 9 of 20 below.
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Before: Home Office
Cave-like in its first phase as a dining room, then brighter and airier as a second-phase home office, the space was still in need of a major change, according to Julie, the writer behind the popular Redhead Can Decorate blog. Fed up with gray and in need of additional living space, Julie decided it was time for phase three and some substantial improvements.Continue to 10 of 20 below.
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After: Expanded Living Area
The result is a stunning living room makeover that's all about color, punch, and light. A former home office is now a place for the entire family to relax. By happy accident, the X-shapes on the oversized brass chandelier pay homage to the unique diagonal ceiling beams. Best of all, the unloved gray paint has been eradicated in favor of fresh, light-reflective white.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Before: Slim Budget
How do you make over a living room on an extremely tight budget? Ashley, the owner of the home blog Domestic Imperfection, was faced with that conundrum when she wanted to help out her brother and his new wife. The room was sterile and imposing, largely due to the vaulted ceilings.Continue to 12 of 20 below.
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After: Faux Fireplace
Fireplaces lend warmth and a true sense of hominess to a room. They are also exceedingly difficult to construct, especially in an existing house. Ashley's brilliant solution was to build a faux fireplace out of used fence boards purchased from a local fence company. The result, which she jokingly calls a "wall accent plank strip thingy," cost next-to-nothing and eliminates the room's vacuous feeling.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Before: Color Purge
Even though it was red, the wall in this living room didn't make enough of a statement. It was big, blank, and though it was loud, it said nothing. So Kris, from the design blog Driven By Decor, decided to completely change the room up.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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After: Modern Minimalism
The grid-like pattern on the feature wall of this redone living room imposes a sense of order on the chaos of everyday life. The grid is mirrored in the similarly shaped reclaimed wood entertainment console from Wisteria. The result is a calm, cool, and collected minimalism-influenced room for relaxing, reading, dreaming, and shedding the woes of the day.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Before: Color Splash
Guacamole green walls dominated the walls of Maggie's home. Casey and Bridget, the designers behind The DIY Playbook, knew that this wild-and-crazy color was "not very reflective of Maggie’s personality/style," so they set out to make over the living room of this condo.Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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With the green gone, white is the controlling color behind this living room makeover. Mid-century modern-style furniture from Wayfair, atop the diamond-patterned platinum indoor/outdoor area rug, help carve out a delightful, bright space within the room.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Before: The Sectional That Ate the Room
Comfort was no problem prior to this living room makeover. The living room was very comfortable, especially the giant sofa-sectional. As owner Kandice, from the lifestyle blog Just the Woods, says, "The sofa seemed to take up the entire room." Plus, her husband hated the coffee table, and everyone was tired of the sage-green walls.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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After: Lush Eclectic
Not one to shirk from making a statement, this freshened up living room now bursts with eclectic personality. Clearly the center of attention, the plush velvet purple sofa from Wayfair helps draw attention to the unique gallery wall, and newly painted lighter color walls bring a breath of fresh air into the living room. No elks were killed in the making of this room, either. The animal head is made of estate stone, which is a lightweight composition stone product.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Plainly appointed, this living room was lacking in any real personality or warmth when Amanda of the blog Love & Renovations purchased the home. In fact, the living room was painted in what Amanda calls "an oops color," a melange of shades that amounts to a type of non-color. In other words, the room had zero character.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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After: Tile Change
No longer a builder-grade room, the living room instantly perked up with the addition of an IKEA Karlstad sectional. The element that truly turned the tide was the rehabbed fireplace surround, with gorgeous, ornate artisan tiles forming a lively perimeter around the opening.