14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers
See how Real Simple readers’ rooms went from drab to fab.
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.