We’ve said it before, we love a great Cinderella before and after decor story. It gives us all hope that no matter how sad the original space, there’s always a gracious room waiting to throw off its musky covers! In a continuation of our favorite before and afters, we wanted to share our top 3 living room before and afters we love.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess
Let’s just take a second to look at the image on the right. What’s happening with the mustard walls? Is there a strip of chair rail around the top of ceiling in a dark brown? Why the red accents? Eek! Ok, now that’s covered, let’s talk about the good in the image next door. The after image is bright and light — it doesn’t look like the same room! The white paint opens the whole thing up and highlights the space’s best asset — those fabulous windows!
Photo credit: Rissay
Grandma called and she wants her living room back. This classic reno didn’t just switch out the paint, the couple understood that what was lacking in this room were good bones. Adding batten board on the lower half of the wall makes the space look more expensive. Keeping the color palette neutral also helped open the room up. Adding can lights helped highlight and brighten up the formerly sad space.
Photo credit: Adventures of the Uncommon Law
How cool is Uncommon Law’s modern mashup above here? The couple set out with the intention of taking a formal living room and making it into a comfortable place to watch tv, work or take a nap on their new comfy couches. We love the dark slate gray (Benjamin Moore) contrasted with the light hardwoods and the stained custom wood slat wall. They also installed the fireplace and mixed Ikea furniture with high end pieces, like the Eames chair for an upscale look.
There are more than a few lessons to learn from these three makeover superstars — if you’re looking at a sad, dark room, paint the walls a light color and add better lighting. If space is builder-basic, beautify it with high-end furniture, wood work and a designer color palette. And if all else fails and you still have no idea where to start, take to the internet to find your inspiration. Sometimes we all move into ugly ducklings but what makes your house your home is what you do with it!
Do you have a before and after that would wow even the most skeptical critic? Have you taken on a project that you want to show off? We’d love to see, show us!