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.
Whether natural or artificial, funky or flirty, at least one wreath from this eclectic mix is sure to catch your eye this season.
Shanta's Living Room: After
Energize the muted space with color, and bring a happier, more intimate feel to the large seating area.
Patterned curtains with solid furniture (or vice versa) is a simple formula for making a room feel alive but not frenetic. Extended an extra foot on either side of the window, the graphic print sets a playful mood, masks plain white walls, and gives the space a clear focal point.
Mixing a TV with art is a smart solution to a standard challenge. Here, the frames are all dark to blend with the screen but slightly varied. Map your plan on the floor before hanging, using a large sheet of paper to represent the television.
Layered rugs bring dimension to the room and make it feel cozier. Inexpen-sive, solid broadloom frames a neutral pattern, which adds spice without being overwhelming. (Buy broadloom cut to length and ask to have the edges “bound to match.”)
Orange and turquoise is a youthful, beachy combo that makes a room feel spirited and fun.
Light, leggy pieces, like glass side tables, delicate lamps, and a floaty book-shelf, counter the weight of the hefty sofa and love seat, giving the room much needed buoyancy.
A dash of symmetry brings order to a space with lots of pattern. But in a casual room, the odd-ball pieces that shake up symmetry (here, the drum table and the orange stool) are just as important.
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