Before & After: This Cold Living Room Is Now a Cozy Spot for Curling Up

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(Image credit: Chantel Breault)

When reader Chantel Breault decided to give her living room a makeover, her chief incentive was to give it some life. The space before didn’t evoke much at all in terms of feelings or aesthetic. It was “Neutral, lacking personality, not even cozy,” and Chantel wanted to make the space feel more cohesive and classic.

(Image credit: Chantel Breault)

With solid bones, there fortunately wasn’t a huge amount to tackle with this project. The brick fireplace already served as a gorgeous centerpiece for the room. The floors, walls, ceiling, and even the trim were all in good shape. With these basics in check, Breault was able pull this project off in just about a week. She said:

“I love color, but still wanted the room to feel classic, so I chose a wall color that would allow for everything else to stand out. I decided to add some built in bookcases to anchor one end of the room, since the space is so long. Ultimately, I wanted to make the room feel like one space, as opposed to two separate ones.”

(Image credit: Chantel Breault)

She hired a contractor to create the lovely built-ins, which cost $2,600. Beyond the built-ins, Breault changed the light fixtures, painted, swapped out the furniture, and added new pieces throughout the space. The end result is a room that feels both modern and classic. Best of all? The room feels like a home. The design choices provide plenty of personal style, while also maintaining a crisp and open aesthetic.

Now Breault says, “It’s my favorite room in the house. I love the abundance of seating, all of the light from the five windows, and just how cozy it is.”

Well done, Chantel! We love the makeover, too.