Nothing pops in this living room awash in shades of brown. Click ahead to see how the owner redid this space—in just a weekend!
Gray walls maintain a neutral backdrop but other changes enliven the look. White paint brightens the outdated wood trim and makes the fireplace surround pop. Dashes of black in a new sofa table and blue accessories inject energy.
Dark wood trim, beams and furniture paired with dark brick made for a dismal room. Click to the next slide to see how paint gives it new personality.
White paint on the ceiling and wood trim opens the space. A full surround of crown molding and fluted pilasters provide architectural interest. Antique shutters function as the fire screen. Paint treatment on walls and the modern ceiling fixture keep the look lively. And new wood floors draw all eyes to the focal point hearth.
A bland and a tight living room takes a step out as part of a remodel. Click ahead to see.
Moving the front wall 3 feet into the porch made room for a light-promoting box bay and an entry with closet. The expansion also gave the family pyschological elbow room in the small house.
You'd never know this living room was in a charming 1875 cottage. The next slide shows its return to its roots.
Gleaming wood floors and a brick hearth set the tone for the now-cozy living room. An area rug defines one of the seating areas in the long, narrow space. Touches like the reproduction lighting fixtures above built-in shelves add vintage style.
Adding on to this house meant it was time to revamp the living room, too. Click ahead to see.
French doors replaced windows and open to a new family room. The refaced fireplace melds with the pale scheme of this Colonial. Textures comes from the sisal rug and ottoman.
Pink tones in the fireplace surround battle with the yellows in the wood. Click to the next slide to see how a monochromatic palette added elegance.
A limestone surround updates the fireplace. Painting the honey-stained wood mantel further streamlines the look. Change out accessories for bursts of seasonal color.
The only sensation this 90-year-old living room evokes is one of weariness. The pine walls are dated, the subway tile around the fireplace has lost its shine, and the finish on the floors is worn. The next slide shows its dramatic renewal.
Red-raspberry laquered walls create a dramatic background for pops of black and print fabrics. Black ceramic tiles—a few with Chinese figures—add sparkle. The crown-shape chandelier really does "crown" the scene. And a lovely rug graces refinished floors while unifying the look.
Plaster walls are charming in this modest Craftsman home, but the fireplace is lost on the wall. The next slide shows one solution.
The new look is softer and lighter. A limestone surround replaces the smaller wood one, making it merit being the focus of the seating area. Paneling on the built-in bench adds architectural interest.
Many remodels begin with an addition. This one started by removing elements. Click ahead to see it.
Removing two bookcases smoothed traffic flow and added a sense of more space in this Colonial house. Tailored seating and a bronze table have classic geometry. Accessories and the dark fireplace surround keep the look from being staid.
This living room was spacious and light-filled, but still lacked warmth. Click to the next slide to see the makeover.
Floor-to-ceiling bookcases flanking the bay window break up the expanses of wall. Tongue-in-groove paneling on the backs adds subtle texture.
Long rooms need to be divided, but without walls. Click ahead to see one way to accomplish that.
Breaking the long room into two seating areas creates a sense of intimacy; rugs define each area. Graphic checks, oversize patterns and sink-in furnishings deformalize the architectural features in this 1925 home.
Click ahead to see how a budget-friendly coat of paint transforms a room
A coat of eye-catching red on the walls is a budget-friendly makeover. Black at the back of the bookcases balances the brightness of the white trim. And the color combo keeps the comfy neutral furniture centerstage. This bold change would work with any bright hue. Too much color? Just paint one wall.