This typical family room was dated by a popcorn ceiling, red-brick fireplace, plain carpet, and dark wood. Easy, affordable projects using paint, panels, planks, and accessories give the room a lighter, brighter look, as shown above.
A Place in the Sun
Transform a room without costly structural changes. The key is rethinking the finishes, furnishings, and floor plan. Give an underused window wall and ledge new life by creating a sunny sitting area. Bamboo shades (#116188, #117983) complement sea-grass chairs, while pillows (#12368038S, atgstores.com) add color, pattern, and comfort.
Turn Down the TV
Create a visually varied media wall without making it TV-centric. Surround the screen with simple yet sophisticated shelves, then add shallow storage units with pull-down doors. By leaving open space below for stools, you provide extra seating -- and a mini desk for quick tasks.
Make a New Plan
Before, the tired fireplace, clunky TV cabinet, and unused window ledges combined for a dreary room. Now, the media wall balances the freshened fireplace while a new furniture arrangement invites conversation.
Put a New Face on Old Surfaces
The brick fireplace whitewashing technique shown here is easy. It takes just a few hours to complete, and the only cost is for the paint and supplies. The result makes an amazing difference in a room. Replace worn or dated doors on built-in cabinets with these sleek simple DIY versions.
Hide a Popcorn Ceiling
Cover that popcorn ceiling for less than $2 per square foot with easy-to-apply Armstrong planks (#520473), tracks (#520955), and clips (#520954). Then paint the exposed beams white.
Perk Up Paneling
No need to replace dark, dated paneling. Just paint it. The white color brightens the room while bringing out the crisp lines in the paneling. Same goes for the moulding.
Refine Your Palette
Create a fresh color scheme for a room with paint and fabrics. Creamy whites and off-whites brighten walls and trim; reddish-orange accents warm furnishings.
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