Before and After: Living Rooms

Don’t you love a great before and after? Check out a few of our recent living room transformations. Let us know what you think!

 
BEFORE

BEFORE

Even though this space was small and had a nice size picture window, this room felt really dark and tired—brown furnishings and dark accents, light-absorbing tan walls and loads of clutter.

AFTER

AFTER

Obviously the same window but look how much brighter and more inviting the room is now! Light color furnishings, bright, colorful artwork and some reflective surfaces help the room shine and feel larger than it did before. Now it is much more inviting!

The living room is where we come to think, to slow down the world for a second.
— Jason Winston George
BEFORE

BEFORE

This property was quite small as well. In this before photo, it hardly has anything in it but still feels dark. The fixture that just peeks into the top of the image cast a sad yellow hue across the space. And the walls were painted a yellow-y ivory color that made the room feel dated and drab. The white carpet didn’t stand a chance of helping to brighten up the space.

AFTER

AFTER

ahhhhh…so much more light! A fresh coat of wall paint helped to show off the architectural details of the property. The light-color furnishings with the bright accents add a lot cheeriness.

Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.
— Steve Jobs
BEFORE

BEFORE

Scale was important for the design and use of this small space. No problem having a sectional and a large screen TV in a small space but, the scale needs to be appropriate to the room size. And, in this case, it was at the expense of a dining space. So, we needed to make some changes to allow for a dining area.

AFTER

AFTER

We re-situated the room and put the sofa where the TV had been. You can’t see it in this photo but, it allowed for the addition of a dining space (this photo is being taken from the dining area vantage point.)

Here is another angle from the far end of the room so you can see that the dining table is where the end of the old sectional had been. Removing the sectional also allowed us to add bar stools at the kitchen dining bar—bar stools couldn’t fit before which really put a damper on seated-dining possibilities.

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Hope you enjoyed these before and afters! Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!