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3 Life-Changing Room Makeovers

Moved by reader stories of cluttered spaces causing family fights, Real Simple extends the olive branch—tackling an overrun basement, an overstuffed closet, and a chaotic teen’s room. And proving once and for all that in the right surroundings, everyone really can get along. 

Caitie Buteau's bedroom after makeover
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Caitie’s Bedroom: After

Like a cool studio apartment, Caitie’s room is propped to handle all her storage and hanging-out needs. Bright coral walls are energizing and fresh—and a happy replacement for the blue that Caitie picked seven years back.

Less Is More
The bed, stripped of its bed skirt and curtains, feels crisp and clean. White sheers brighten the windows; bedside sconces free up the top of the tiny nightstand. Caitie’s most important “toy”—her guitar—gets its own stand.

Soft under-bed bins blend with the rug and store all the teen-specific randoms Caitie wants to keep but doesn’t want to see.

Desk Plus Display
Keeping a homework zone clean is a challenge. Here, the laptop desk stays pristine because there’s plenty of space to display necessities (pet fish, iPod boom box, school papers, tchotchkes).

Floor Made for Flopping
Oversize pillows can dress up the bed or serve as seating. The plush rug is punchy enough to suit Caitie and sophisticated enough to please Mom.

To buy: Chambray-voile window panels, $21 each, Aläng wall lamps, $20 each, Noteworthy guitar stand, $26, Gigi nightstand: Unfortunately, this product is no longer available. Gray under-bed bags, $15 each, Shangri La duvet set in full, $275, Celadon Scale sheet set in full, $140, White leaning-ladder shelf with desk: For similar styles, go to Klismos chair, $99, Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Tucson Coral 005, from $35 a gallon, Nirvana Euro pillows, $75 each, Floating Medallion rug, $949 (8 by 10 feet), Urn Rod window hardware set, $45,  

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