Before and After: A $20 Afternoon Project Makes This Living Room Pop

published Oct 23, 2020
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Before: Living room with gray walls
Credit: Tina Frank

There’s a lot of power in small projects. In fact, sometimes the tiniest tweaks can totally transform the feel of a space. Just take this small living room project from Tina Frank. Before, this unused corner of her living room was an area that Tina couldn’t quite figure out. “When we bought the condo the extra space between the living room and the wall into the kitchen was set up as a little dining room table for two,” Tina says, but since she and her boyfriend set up a table in their kitchen, they didn’t need that dining area and it started to get neglected. “It started out as a plant area, but I quickly realized it was too dark for any plants to grow,” Tina says. “Then a bistro table was added. Then the Turkish lamp. With each addition and change the space still looked like empty, dead, unused space.”

Tina wanted to help give the space some oomph but still have it fit into the rest of the living room. Her solution: an accent wall, of course. “My boyfriend and I decided on yellow because it is a bright, cheery color that is also reflected elsewhere in the room’s decor,” Tina says.

Credit: Tina Frank

After poking around on the internet for inspiration, Tina realized that it wasn’t just accent walls she liked: “I realized I love the idea of unique shapes for accent walls, like circles, triangles, or half walls,” she says. Tina took a few photos and played around with the photo edit feature on her phone to help decide on the winning design.

A can of paint (Behr’s English Daisy), some tape, and a couple hours of work later, the room looks brighter, bolder, and more finished. “I love how it brings attention to the dead space and how the slant ties the corner in with the rest of the room,” Tina says. “I love how cheery and bright the space is.”

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