BEFOREWith plain white walls, no window
treatments, and bland, neutral furnishings,
the room feels a bit stark. The space has great
details, like a wooden mantel and built-in
bookshelves, but they aren’t being showcased properly.
AFTERDrawing the furnishings closer together
creates a more intimate atmosphere. The
bold zebra print accent adds contrast to the
low-key sofa, while removing the large area
rug makes the space feel less cramped
and exposes the beautiful wood floors.
BEFORESpread-out seating makes the room
cold, and the contrast between the white
walls and the dark wooden trim is too severe.
The high end tables make the sofa look wobbly.
AFTERNewly painted pale green walls balance
out the trim nicely (and echo an accent
color in the wallpaper in the adjacent room).
Adding brightly patterned and colored throw
pillows to the neutral sofa injects instant personality.
BEFOREWithout art or a mantel, the fireplace is lost
in a white wall. Bland hues leave the room lifeless.
AFTERA fun chalkboard solves the mantel
problem. Two walls painted blue delineate
and enliven the space, while a new sheer
fabric panel hides electronics cords and adds texture.
BEFOREWith bare walls painted in the standard
landlord-white, blah wall-to-wall carpeting,
and a messy assortment of scavenged belongings,
the living room looks sloppy and unfinished.
AFTERMuch-needed functional and decorative
pieces, like dark-stained shelves and
cubbyholes, give the room a livable quality.
BEFORETrying to gain open space by
pushing furniture to the walls (where
it collects clutter) kills the warmth of a
room. The windows are obscured behind
layers of plants and curtains, which
makes the place feel smaller.
AFTERTo enliven and focus the space,
a classic sofa, club chair, and slipper
chair form a sociable triangle, and hexagonal
trunks are combined to form a coffee table.
BEFOREPlacing the living space in the center of the
room means it’s used as a walk-through instead
of a cozy destination itself. The coffee table is ill
placed as an end table, while a big, black
ottoman sucks up space in the middle of the room.
AFTERThe room is flipped, logically placing
the dining area closer to the kitchen.
Sofas are moved next to the window to
overlook the scenery, and a purple divan adds
BEFOREThe space looks undefined and
crowded with a sectional sofa sleeper
taking up nearly the entire length of the room.
AFTERColor now saturates the walls
and white paint highlights the trim,
making the space look much larger.
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