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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

Dining room with red chairs and a striped lamp
Jeff McNamara
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A large, solid wood dining table, new upholstered chairs with slipcovers (great for camouflaging spills), and a clean, harmonious color scheme give the room the perfect balance of form and function. Unfussy window treatments provide great views from every angle, and a low-hung wall mirror makes the room seem larger.

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