Amazing Home Makeovers
7 Secrets to Lighten Up a Room
Savvy homeowners can look past a drab, dark room and see unlimited potential. Learn the secrets with these dramatic before-and-afters.
After: Bright White
A simple hearth inlaid with wave-motif tiles is a more appropriate scale for the room. New windows flank the fireplace and allow in plenty of natural light, while a coffered ceiling gives the illusion of additional height. Oversize wicker chairs arranged in a pinwheel are just right for both lounging and entertaining.
Tip: Add windows and doors to let in light and open the house to the outdoors.