10 Incredible Before-and-After Living Room Makeovers

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    Before: Too Big

    Living room with hardwood flooring before makeover
    Sugar & Cloth

    ​"Too much space" is a complaint you rarely hear when it comes to home design and remodeling, but for Ashley Rose of the popular home blog Sugar & Cloth, decorating the large expanses of hardwood flooring and sky-high ceilings in her living room both presented big design challenges.

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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 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.

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  • 03 of 20

    Before: Cramped

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

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

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  • 04 of 20

    After: Big Changes

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

    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.

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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

    What do you do with a living room that is severely out of date?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.

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  • 06 of 20

    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 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.

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  • 07 of 20

    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 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.

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  • 08 of 20

    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 field color and plays well with the light-brown wood grain of the beams.

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  • 09 of 20

    Before: Home Office

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

    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.

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  • 10 of 20

    After: Expanded Living Area

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

    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.

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  • 11 of 20

    Before: Slim Budget

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

    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.

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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 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.

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  • 13 of 20

    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 completely change the room up.

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  • 14 of 20

    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 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.

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  • 15 of 20

    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 was "not very reflective of Maggie’s personality/style," so they set out to make over the living room of this condo.

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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. 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.

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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

    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.

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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

    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.

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  • 19 of 20

    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. 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.

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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

    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.