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Transform Your Home

Transform Your Home

Today's house plan photos are those of Archival Designs' Award Winning Luxury Home Plan Amboise.

Think you have a room that's beyond saving? Think again. With a few simple tricks, you can take your rooms from blah to wow.

BEFORE: Lost Style

A furniture set can hold back a room's sense of style. Partnered with a nondescript brown color palette, the bedroom was ready for an infusion of style.

AFTER: Style Fusion

The room's previous pink walls and oak furniture caused everything to recede and nothing to stand out. Now, with a palette of oatmeal and blues -- plus furniture in varying finishes -- the room is dynamic and stylish.

Makeover Lesson: Mix it up by stepping away from the furniture set. Look for other ways to unify the space, such as through a color palette or style details.

BEFORE: Not-So-Good Vintage

Quality vintage pieces with smart design have a place in today's decor. But sometimes the old has to go. In this bathroom, a cheap, dated vanity was bringing down the style and function of the space.

AFTER: Up-to-Date Pretty

A fresh gray color palette captures the timeless beauty, while a transitional vanity combines elements of classic, contemporary, and cottage style.

Makeover Lesson: Shop for deals and don't put a dream material out of consideration. The 1-1/2-inch-thick Calacatta marble countertop with a beveled edge was a remnant.

BEFORE: Beige, Beige, Beige

A monochromatic palette has its place, but without texture and material variations to back it up, the palette can fall flat. Case in point: this boring beige bedroom.

AFTER: Beige and Beyond

Statement-making furniture and just-right doses of color lift this bedroom from the beige doldrums. A few large-scale pieces, both the headboard and the pair of bedside lamps, add drama.

Makeover Lesson: It's OK to be restrained with color -- this bedroom retained neutral walls, flooring, and bedding. To avoid straying into boring territory, introduce a few pops of color in a limited range. Here, orange and aqua designs on neutral backgrounds enliven the bedding. The orange headboard is a warm tone, which pairs nicely with the golden beige walls, and the warm-on-warm look blends, rather than contrasts, which tones down the orange.

BEFORE: Blank Slate

Old homes offer character but need the right furnishings to bring out the charm. Like a lot of rooms in vintage homes, this living room faced the challenge of an awkward layout. The long, narrow room is also the front entry of the home.

AFTER: Colorful Welcome

An infusion of color updated the tired living room, while classic furniture and motifs pay homage to the home's historic roots. The room's main patterns -- the Jacobean print on the curtains and the plaid on the Louis XV-inspired chairs -- are repeated on pillows to create a unified look.

Makeover Lesson: Don't get stuck on a style. If you like classic furniture but prefer bright colors, don't feel you have to go traditional all the way. For a balanced, pulled-together look, use patterns and furniture styles that match your "root" style, but use a color palette with a bit of pep. Here, lighter shades of blue and green expose traditional style, but the pastel tones keep the look from becoming stuffy, as do pops of warm pink and orange.

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  • Joanne Loftus
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