10 Incredible Before-and-After Living Room Makeovers

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Living rooms are usually one of the first rooms you think about decorating or redesigning when moving into a new place or when it is time for a makeover. Some rooms might be dated or no longer functional; other rooms may be too spacious or too cramped.

There are fixes for every budget and every taste and style to consider. Here are 10 before-and-after makeovers for living room spaces that were ready for a change.

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    Before: Too Big

    Living room with hardwood flooring before makeover
    Sugar & Cloth

    A living room that has ​too much space is rarely a complaint you get when it comes to home design and remodeling. Ashley Rose of the popular home blog Sugar & Cloth faced some big design challenges with large expanses of hardwood flooring and sky-high ceilings.

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    After: Crisp and Organized

    Clean and organized living room makeover with built-in bookshelves, couch, and two chairs.
    Sugar & Cloth

    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 on 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 midcentury modern chairs and sofa were lovely, the new sectional and heavy leather chairs are more solid, cozy, and substantial, adequately filling the room.

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    Before: Cramped

    Dark and dreary living room with leather chair, lamp, and couch before makeover
    Vintage Revivals

    Living room makeovers can often be simple, but for Mandi from Vintage Revivals, her mother-in-law's living room needed more than a coat of paint. This major makeover began with the removal of an interior wall.

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    After: Big Changes

    Designer living room after makeover with blue paint, natural light, tan couch, and chandelier
    Vintage Revivals

    In this living room makeover, a wall came out, adding space and separating the living room from the kitchen. After the wall removal, engineered wood flooring was installed. The flooring has a thin veneer of real hardwood fused with a plywood base. The dark wall color is Sherwin-Williams' Iron Ore.

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    Before: Empty and Green

    Empty living room with mustard color on the walls, fireplace, and built-ins colored red.
    The Happier Homemaker

    If you have a living room that is severely out of date, Melissa from the blog The Happier Homemaker has some ideas beyond paint colors. In this room, there was a nook over the fireplace fit for a decades-old 27-inch tube TV. To modernize the room, Melissa would have to make major changes.

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    After: Cheerful

    painted white with leather accent chairs and fireplace.
    The Happier Homemaker

    Capitalizing on the home's great bones, Melissa kept the basic structure of the living room with its parallel side nooks. But she got rid of the 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.

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    Before: Tired

    Cozy family style living room with brick fireplace and leather sectional before makeover.
    Place of My Taste

    Living rooms are made for living, and this one was well lived-in. It was cozy, comfy, and familiar. Designer Aniko from the blog Place of My Taste wanted to give the room some "love and personality." The clients did not want to lose their big, cushy furniture, so Aniko has some ideas for a few ways around that.

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    After: Inspired

    Living room makeover with wood ceiling beams and wooden storage unit.
    Place of My Taste

    Neutral paint colors plus gorgeous exposed wood ceiling beams form the cornerstone of this living room's amazing design do-over. Blue is the secondary color; it adds flavor to the neutral base color and plays well with the light brown wood grain from the beams.

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    Before: Home Office

    Office-to-living room makeover before with black-and-white rug, dining table, and two mix-matched chairs.
    Redhead Can Decorate

    This transitional space is no stranger to transformation. First, it was a cave-like dining room. Then, it was brightened up and made to look airier as a home office. Julie, the writer behind the popular blog Redhead Can Decorate, decided the gray need to go, and she wanted more living space. The room was primed for another significant change with substantial improvements.

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    After: Expanded Living Area

    Living room transformed from home office after with leather sectional, mirror, chandelier, and colorful rug.
    Redhead Can Decorate

    This stunning living room makeover is all about color, punch, and light. This former home office turned into a place for the entire family to relax. By happy accident, the X-shapes on the oversized brass chandelier mirror the unique diagonal ceiling beams. The dull gray paint was replaced with fresh, light-reflective white.

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    Before: Slim Budget

    Living room with blank walls and vaulted ceiling with white chairs and love seat before makeover
    Domestic Imperfection

    Making over a living room on an extremely tight budget is a commonality many people face. Ashley, the owner of the home blog, Domestic Imperfection, wanted to help transform this sterile and imposing room for her brother and his new wife. The ​vaulted ceiling posed the most significant challenge.

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    After: Faux Fireplace

    Faux wood fireplace with mounted television, area rug, and colorful seating in living room makeover
    Domestic Imperfection

    Fireplaces lend warmth and a real 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.

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    Before: Color Purge

    Red living room with entertainment center and television in before makeover
    Driven By Decor

    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 change the feel of the room completely.

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    After: Modern Minimalism

    Crisp and modern living room makeover after with white walls and framed artwork.
    Driven By Decor

    The grid-like pattern on the feature wall of this redone living room gives a sense of order to the chaos of everyday life. The grid mirrors the similarly shaped reclaimed wood entertainment console from Wisteria. The result is a calm and relaxed minimalist-inspired room for relaxing, reading, dreaming, and shedding the woes of the day.

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    Before: Color Splash

    Living room with green walls and outdated sofa and chair before makeover.
    The DIY Playbook

    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 did not reflect the owner's personality or style, so they set out to makeover this condo living room.

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    After: Relaxing

    White living room makeover with beige sofa and chairs, crisp white table, and white area rug.
    The DIY Playbook

    With the green gone, white is the controlling color behind this living room makeover. Midcentury modern-style furniture from Wayfair and a diamond-patterned platinum indoor/outdoor area rug transform this into a delightful, bright space.

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    Before: The Sectional That Ate the Room

    Ranch-style living with dated sectional, trunk, and two framed prints in before makeover
    Just the Woods

    Before this living room makeover, comfort was no problem with this very cozy, giant sofa-sectional. Owner Kandice from the lifestyle blog Just the Woods admitted the sofa took up the room, and her husband hated the coffee table. Everyone agreed the sage-green walls had to go.

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    After: Lush Eclectic

    Eclectic, colorful living room with bluish walls, purple couch, end table and coffee table with colorful rug.
    Just the Woods

    This freshened-up look does not shirk from making a statement. Now, the living room bursts with an eclectic personality. The plush velvet purple Wayfair sofa draws your attention to the unique gallery wall. The newly painted lighter color walls bring a breath of fresh air into the room. And, no elks were harmed in the making of this room—the head is estate stone, a lightweight stone composite.

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    Before: Builder-Grade

    Plain living room and gray walls with fireplace and gray sectional before makeover
    Love & Renovations

    Plainly appointed, this living room was lacking in any real personality or warmth when Amanda of the blog Love & Renovations purchased the home. The living room was painted "an oops color" or a melange of shades that did nothing for Amanda. To her, the place had zero character.

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    After: Tile Change

    Living room with ornate tile around the fireplace, gray sectional, brown ottoman, and beige rug in after makeover
    Love & Renovations

    Amanda instantly perked up the no-frills builder-grade living room with the addition of an IKEA Karlstad sectional. But, the critical element that genuinely turned the place around was the rehabbed fireplace surrounded by gorgeous, ornate artisan tiles; it formed a lively perimeter around the opening.