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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. 

The Palutis family basement after makeover
Jonny Valiant

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The Palutis Family Basement: After

Warm yellow walls make the wood ceiling look rustic rather than undone. Back-to-back furniture and hanging pendants define dad and kid zones. Framing the children’s art and Dad’s album covers brings in color and character.

To buy: PS cabinet, $99, Feelin’ Groovy carpet squares in Fog, $13 each; Ins & Outs striped carpet squares, $12 each: Wall paint: Clark+Kensington in Yukon Gold A20-2, $26 a gallon, for stores. Bo Lundberg’s Madrid ’62 and Chicago ’68. Crosley radio encoding series turntable (on white cabinet), $100,