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Divine Home Makeover Takes Dining & Living Room From Bland to Beautiful (PHOTOS)

living room dining room makeoverChecking out home makeovers is kind of addicting, right? It's just so inspiring to see an old space transformed into something fabulous. Plus, a great home makeover gives you ideas for your own decorating projects. This living room/dining room makeover from Bre Doucette at Rooms for Rent is packed with smart ideas, beautiful styling, and heaps of inspiration. Behold the before and after!

Together, the living room and dining room are the heart of your home. It's where you relax, come together, and share meals. Bre of Rooms for Rent, with the help of Lowe's, used great-looking accessories with savvy design strategies. The result is a space that's stylish, welcoming, and organized, and has great flow. 


Images via roomsforrentblog.com


The first thing you notice when you enter this home? Could be how light and airy it feels. Could be how beautifully the dining room and living room complement each other. Or maybe it is the sharp yet warm design details? Let's break it down together!

3New Board & Batten Paneling

To add visual interest and to anchor the room, board and batten paneling was added to the back living room wall -- a genius idea and easy, too. It's just cut and primed 1" x 4" boards. Definitely stealing this one!

4Living Room After

So many great ideas here! First, the clean, airy neutral palette plays dark details like the fabulous Allen & Roth Oil Rubbed Bronze Beveled Round French Wall Mirror ($49.98, lowes.com) off of crisp white walls for a modern feel. Also love the mix of textures: the jute rug and painted basket (great DIY!), along with wood, leather, glass and metal, give the room a sophisticated, layered feel.

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5Stylish Corner

Now this is how to make the most of a corner. Thanks to this leather chair and floor lamp, it's a cozy place to curl up with a book. 

6Gallery Wall

Blank walls can be intimidating, but they are also opportunities to showcase images that have personal meaning. To create your gallery wall, keep it neat and cohesive. Choose frames with the same color matting and frame -- in this case a dark wood with white matting. Be sure to hang images with consistent spacing, about 2-3" apart.  

7Style Your Coffee Table

Your coffee table is like a blank canvas waiting for you to add character to the room. This table is styled with candles on top (great for creating mood lighting), and interesting accessories below that once again play on textures and surfaces.

9The Dining Room

One look at the adjacent dining room and you see some of the same design strategies used in the living room working wonders here, too: the same colors, natural light, creative wall displays, and great mix of materials and textures. 

10Dining Room Before

It's another blank box with a pretty picture window. What's next? 

11Open Shelves

The living room got custom paneling to set off its decor, and the dining room has a wall of custom open shelves to achieve the same goal. The dark wood -- created by staining 2" x 10"s -- contrasts against the light wall for visual punch, and the displays are thoughtful and charming -- a great way to store and show off pieces. 

14Artful Styling

Part of what makes this dining room so enticing is gorgeous table display. Again, the mix of materials gives the table character and texture: The wooden bowl with wheat and artichokes flow into the sparkle of the stacked plates, cups, and flatware, and there is a nice mix of sizes and heights among the objects, too. The same technique was used to style the shelves.

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