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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

See how Real Simple readers’ rooms went from drab to fab.

Room with green walls
Annie Schlechter
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Much-needed functional and decorative pieces, like dark-stained shelves and cubbyholes, give the room a livable quality. Some rich green paint, which balances the blues and earth tones in the room, adds depth, while a dark accent rug and upholstered bench strewn with colorful accent pillows help define a conversation area. A collage of maps, vintage postcards, and envelopes personalizes the space.

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