Living Room Before / After

May 16
2009

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Living Room Before

Living Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Special features in this living room like the fireplace, bay window and French doors are difficult to distinguish at first glance. The bright green wall color is too taste-specific for most potential home buyers, and the furniture arrangement makes it difficult to navigate through the space. 

 

LIVING ROOM - AFTER
LIVING ROOM – AFTER

AFTER:  Changing the wall color to a lighter shade instantly makes the space feel more spacious and open. Swapping the large table at the entry point for a smaller one provides a view to the fireplace and clears the path into the room. The dark area rug was removed to further lighten up the space and show off gleaming hardwood floors. The sofa was repositioned to draw attention to the bay window, and the oversized coffee table was replaced with a smaller one. A few simple accessories add the finishing touch.

 

 

Living / Dining Room Makeover

May 16
2009

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Living / Dining Room Before Makeover

Living / Dining Room Before

 

BEFORE:  Despite the white walls, this combination living and dining room seems dark and has no flow through the space. Country-style furnishings make it feel old and outdated, and the view is blocked by curtains.

Living / Dining Room After Redesign
Living / Dining Room After

AFTER:  Painting the walls a rich gold tone brings much-needed warmth to the space. The dark trim was painted white to create contrast, highlighting the dark wood floors. Side-panel drapes frame the windows and the view, allowing plenty of light into the room. A lighter, neutral-colored rug helps to define the conversation area, and updated furnishings are positioned to allow traffic to flow from one space to the other.

 

Family Room Staged To Sell

May 16
2009

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FAMILY ROOM - BEFORE
FAMILY ROOM – BEFORE

BEFORE:  This good-sized family room has wood floors, a vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace. The room seems smaller than it is because of too much stuff, a distraction from the room’s positive features. Your attention goes directly to the cluttered bookcase when you enter the room.

Family Room After
Family Room After

 AFTER:  Contents of the bookcase were boxed up to give the homeowners a jump start on their upcoming move, and the bookcase was moved to the living room which needed extra furnishings. Positioning the sofa on center with the windows creates a more proportionate layout and leaves space on the perimeter making the room feel larger. The area rug was replaced with a larger one that fits the space better.  Hanging an oversized mirror above the fireplace makes the room feel brighter by reflecting light into the space, and greens help draw attention to the fireplace. For better balance, a chest that was pushed into the far corner was repositioned near the entrance with a potted plant to frame the space.

Den Makeover Before / After

May 15
2009

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Den 1 Before

Den 1 Before

Den 2 Before

Den 2 Before

 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Den After
Den After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cozy reading area has been created giving this room renewed purpose more appropriate for a room with built-in bookcases. The faded blue carpet was replaced with a patterned carpet adding interest to the small space. The walls and wood trim were painted light sage and ivory for an up-to-date look. A new chandelier helps draw attention to the high ceilings. Vintage family photos are packed away, and a large framed print gives the room a focal point.