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6 Amazing Room Makeovers

These decorating projects were stopped in their tracks...until Real Simple stepped in and turned a space from incomplete to incomparable.

Erin's bedroom after the makeover
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Erin's Bedroom: After

Let the viney chandelier and the floral curtains serve as a jumping-off point for a glamorous but understated magic-garden vibe.

Moss green walls make the room cocoonlike. Dark colors can be risky, but those from nature tend to be less so. This shade is inspired by the leaves in the curtains. A pale pink ceiling is a pretty surprise, and more restful than white.

White lacquer on the bed and armoire creates a feminine feel despite dark walls and keeps the space from looking gloomy. (Hire a pro, or do it yourself by applying several layers of high-gloss oil-based paint to a sanded piece.)

Space fillers make a giant room cozier. Forget function and attack square footage. A folding screen eats up a corner, a writing desk fills a window nook, and a tufted bench, just right for the boys to watch TV on, anchors the bed.

Luxurious touches, like a satin duvet, a cloisonné lamp, wall art that looks like alliums in bloom, a framed butterfly, and a wild topiary, offer smatterings of enchantment. The result is peaceful, with plenty to engage the senses.

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