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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

Archway and blue room
Douglas Friedman
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Shifting the sofa to the opposite wall so that it faces the fireplace, and placing the TV on a slender cabinet near the window creates two distinct zones: one for conversation and one for entertainment. An acrylic chair fills out the seating area without adding visual heft, while the small area rug is upgraded to a larger sisal rug.

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