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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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Douglas Friedman
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Newly painted pale green walls balance out the trim nicely (and echo an accent color in the wallpaper in the adjacent room). Adding brightly patterned and colored throw pillows to the neutral sofa injects instant personality. To anchor the seating area, a larger rug replaces the two small ones, and the sofa and love seat are drawn closer together. The end tables are repurposed as a console on the wall behind the love seat, and the coffee table becomes an end table.

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