5 of the Best Before and After Living Room Transformations
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It was a can-do attitude that made the revamp of this living room such a success. Designer Malcolm Begg of DesignSixtyNine used skills he already had, plus plenty he learned on the job, to transform the peach and beige room into a chic, stylish space.
He also painstakingly laid engineered oak floorboards, sourced on eBay, in an intricate herringbone pattern, and upcycled an old brass light fitting he found at a car-boot sale for £1.
Other jobs included fitting a new ceiling rose and replacing radiators with ones he’d sprayed with car paint.
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When interior designer Sybille Garnier Le Mené of INTO Interior Design bought this 1990s house in France, it wasn’t anything like the bright, airy space it is now.
“One of the greatest challenges was restyling the heavy dark wood ceiling with exposed beams,” she says. She decided to cover some of them and keep the most interesting ones on show.
She also painted the wooden window frames in an anthracite grey and replaced the heavy wooden staircase with a lighter metal one.
The finished living room is fresh and bright with a Scandi feel.
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This Victorian house needed a complete overhaul when the owners moved in. “You couldn’t have lived in it as it was,” says Celine Erlam of Indie & Co, who was called in to help renovate the property.
In the living room, she focused first on reinstating period details, restoring the cornicing and sanding down the original floorboards.
The clean white finish and well-chosen furniture and lighting have given the space a fresh, modern feel.
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A few simple yet clever tweaks were enough to create extra space in this cramped open-plan living room.
The first thing designer Jessica Preston of Colour + Shape did was to remove the studwork nib that was jutting out at the entrance to the living area. This was enough to open up the space.
The heavy leather furniture was then replaced with lighter pieces that are more in proportion with the dimensions of the room. The chaise longue on the right is a smart idea, as it allows someone to sit back comfortably to face the television.
Take a tour of this open-plan living area in a self-build home.
This small property is full of clever design solutions, but one of the key aims for architect Eva Byrne of Houseology was to bring in a connection with the outside.
The window in the living room looks out onto a small courtyard, which Eva wanted to make more of, so she lowered the bottom sill to open it up.
The refreshed room feels light, spacious and uncluttered – quite a transformation.
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Which is your favourite living room transformation? Have you made a big change in your own home? Share your photos and experiences in the Comments section.