16 Before-And-After Room Makeovers

Learn how Real Simple transformed readers' kitchens, bathrooms, and more.

William WaldronWilliam Waldron
Room Reboots

From one end of the house (the entryway) to the other (the mudroom), it seems, readers' rooms could use a little zhooshing up. But whether the problem is a lack of organization or a dearth of pizzazz, Real Simple has the solution. Find smart tips-and inspiration-in this gallery of before-and-after shots, and apply them to a room of your own.

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Paul WhicheloePaul Whicheloe
Before
Every entryway has the challenge of setting the tone for the rest of a home, and this bare front hall wasn't particularly inviting. The homeowner wanted it to be more welcoming-and to function like a mudroom without looking like one.

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Paul WhicheloePaul Whicheloe
After
With the walls painted deep red, the foyer now greets guests warmly. A (dirt-catching) striped woven cotton rug draws visitors into the house. A narrow farmhouse-style bench encourages kids to sit down and take off their shoes. Footwear and backpacks can be stashed in four wicker baskets in the new console. The new, larger mirror reflects the sunlight that pours in through the now-curtainless window and makes the room seem larger.

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Mark LundMark Lund


Before
A jumble of flea market finds clutters the entryway, while its color scheme lacks presence.











Mark LundMark Lund


After
Darkening the foyer gives it drama and accentuates the brightness of the repainted living room walls. Grouping found art gives the collection cohesiveness.











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