Before & After: Steven's Light-Filled Living Room

Before & After: Steven's Light-Filled Living Room

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Louisville, KY
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
My wife and I wanted to choose features and design that would tie in the natural light from the large windows. The dark color and heavy drapery made the room feel small and damp. We hoped to have the fireplace stand out as a focal point of the room so we painted it all one color and made over the trim. We shaved the popcorn ceiling, added custom crown molding, and put in an overhead light fixture. With all the DIY efforts we were able to keep the cost under $1,000 for the whole room.
My makeover advice::
Try to have a vision to begin with and use resources like Pinterest to gather inspiration. We also already had the furniture from our previous home, and tried to find a style that would incorporate what we had to work with. Having a focal point, or one item that you want to stand out allows everything else to fall into place. We really wanted a cozy space that was livable but still modern.
What I love most about my new space::
The fireplace has been the most enjoyable part of our new living room, both functionally and aesthetically. We were unsure if it was in working order, and had to have it inspected, but it was all worth it. Now that we can enjoy the natural light during the day, and the fireplace at night, our living room has turned into a space we can enjoy all day.
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