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14 Living-Room and Dining-Room Makeovers

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

White kitchen table and green walls
Jeff McNamara
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Painting the chairs and table white allows them to blend into the shelving in the background, creating a spacious feel. The combination of color-rich walls and white paint on the ceiling also makes the space look larger. A tall bookcase (with boxes and baskets arranged symmetrically on the shelves) balances the off-kilter room and creates instant storage.

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