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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

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Frances Janisch
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Matchstick roll-up shades, a spray-painted red coffee table, and a single wall of color (blue is as versatile and neutral as beige or gray) that creates a focus turn the room into a cheerful, cozy, and coherent space. A silk pillow in a darker shade of blue helps to unify the room (and prevents the sofa from looking like a big, white whale). A large sea-grass rug keeps the furniture from floating aimlessly.

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