50 Beautiful Befores & Afters

Simple changes can transform ordinary homes into super stylish abodes. Check out these amazing transformations.

Open Living Room: Before

Open Living Room: Before

The one positive thing about this bare-bones space is that it gave the redesign team plenty to work with. Several elements, such as the low popcorn ceiling, had to go.

Open Living Room: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Open Living Room: After

An open floor plan is perfect for a busy young family at the beach. This one combined the kitchen, dining, and living spaces into one great room with a neutral palette that’s easy and casual.

Scenic Living Space: Before

Scenic Living Space: Before

This room should be all about the view, but the seating isn’t oriented towards the window and the oversize hearth detracts from the ocean outside.

Scenic Living Space: After

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Scenic Living Space: After

The scaled-down fireplace, some plush seating, and a fresh coat of paint ensure that nothing takes away from that gorgeous water view.

Lightened Living Room: Before

Lightened Living Room: Before

This living area is anything but lively and suffers from a severe lack of lighting.

Lightened Living Room: After

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Lightened Living Room: After

A pair of multiarmed chandeliers and a dose of creamy white paint add elegance to the space—and defer to those spectacular windows!

Whitewashed Living Room: Before

Whitewashed Living Room: Before

This room’s biggest problems are its dark, overhanging beams and brick fireplace, which seem to close in on the space.

Whitewashed Living Room

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Whitewashed Living Room

White paint comes to the rescue again! Here, it allows the ceiling beams to blend in and covers the original brick. A variety of exotic prints and antiques give this room energy.

Neutral Cottage Living Space: Before

Neutral Cottage Living Space: Before

This space needed so much work—thanks to poor upkeep—that the homeowner originally decided she could never live here. The rustic outdoor storage shed isn’t very family-friendly.

Neutral Cottage Living Space: After

Photographer Grey Crawford

Neutral Cottage Living Space: After

A whole lot of white paint convinced the family that this home was worth the effort. They raised the ceiling and added a deck, resulting in this stylish shed-turned-living room with an earthy color palette.

Modern Beach Bungalow: Before

Modern Beach Bungalow: Before

This beach bungalow with phenomenal ocean views presented several challenges to a much-needed upgrade. The space is devoid of character and was the victim of an unfortunate remodel that left much to be desired.

Modern Beach Bungalow: After

Photographer Roger Davies

Modern Beach Bungalow: After

A relaxed mix of slipcovered furnishings and wood accents paired with beachy white painted walls makes this living room a successful redo. The simple bamboo blinds over the window maximize the view.

Beachside Gathering Space: Before

Beachside Gathering Space: Before

A shortage of furniture means tons of space goes unused in this living area. Without enough seating for a group, this drab room is sure to remain empty.

Beachside Gathering Space: After

Photographer Tria Giovan

Beachside Gathering Space: After

Applying a pale shade to the walls welcomed light into this window-filled space. A comfy couch and a few bamboo furnishings leave plenty of room for friends to gather.

Livened Living Area: Before

Livened Living Area: Before

The new owners found what they were looking for in this “older home ready for some TLC.” The basics are all there, but the rooms required an update.

Livened Living Area: After

Photographer Mike David Wakely

Livened Living Area: After

This living room went through some minor structural changes, including widening the doorways. The furnishings, such as the L-shape couch and glass-topped coffee table, were designed around the new space.

Cottage Backyard Deck: Before

Cottage Backyard Deck: Before

This ho-hum deck doesn’t provide the type of outdoor living these owners were hoping for. With scenery like this, they wanted to make use of all the space.

Cottage Backyard Deck: After

Photographer Tria Giovan

Cottage Backyard Deck: After

The addition of a patio and the extension of the deck allow for extra seating to host a crowd. Chic extras, such as the gorgeous outdoor fabrics, make this revamped outdoor space easy to love.

Wraparound Deck: Before

Wraparound Deck: Before

This picture begs the question: is a deck that can’t even fit a chair really a deck at all? The tiny outdoor space was sun-bleached, and the stairs were sagging and unsafe.

Wraparound Deck: After

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Wraparound Deck: After

A new wraparound deck is the perfect place for a quiet drink at dusk or an all-out bash in the summer. Consider a lower deck that doesn’t require a railing for an unobstructed view.

Sunny Master Bedroom: Before

Sunny Master Bedroom: Before

This room features a fabulous view of the Intracoastal Waterway, but two awkwardly spaced windows don’t take full advantage of it.

Sunny Master Bedroom: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Sunny Master Bedroom: After

The addition of a third window ensures that no part of the world outside is left unseen. This updated bedroom is also a great example of what a large-scale print can do for a space.

Charming Cottage Bedroom: Before

Charming Cottage Bedroom: Before

This bedroom’s minimal decor lacks focus, and the floral prints paired with a rocking chair are the opposite of beach-chic.

Charming Cottage Bedroom: After

Photographer Tria Giovan

Charming Cottage Bedroom: After

Updated linens and sweet painted shutters create a charming space without sacrificing style. The upholstered headboard is both understated and luxurious.

Colorful Eclectic Bedroom: Before

Colorful Eclectic Bedroom: Before

This blah bedroom has little style, and the dark ceiling makes it look cramped and unpolished.

Colorful Eclectic Bedroom: After

Photographer Grey Crawford

Colorful Eclectic Bedroom: After

Another great example of the impact a little white paint can make in your home! Layered patterns with a chic color palette of purples, blues, and splashes of vibrant yellow-green give this bedroom a major style boost.

Balanced Exterior: Before

Balanced Exterior: Before

Ironically, too many entryways and stairs results in no one ever wanting to come inside.

Balanced Exterior: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Balanced Exterior: After

Windows instead of doors left room for a pool deck, which means more time in the sun for this family. The new dormer adds a sense of balance to the exterior that was missing before.

Welcoming Cottage: Before

Welcoming Cottage: Before

This small cottage’s exterior is dreary and unappealing, with virtually no curb appeal.

Welcoming Cottage: After

Photographer Tria Giovan

Welcoming Cottage: After

The small cottage is impossible to overlook after its exterior face-lift. Delightful blue hydrangeas match the newly painted shutters.

Classic Beach Home: Before

Classic Beach Home: Before

This coastal home has plenty of potential, but needs work.

Classic Beach Home: After

Photographer Tria Giovan

Classic Beach Home: After

Outdoor decor and fun landscaping details, such as the half-moon gate, amp up the style. A second-story addition includes a library with windows overlooking the front yard.

Fresh Facade: Before

Fresh Facade: Before

This stuffy home not only suffers from mold damage, but also a blah exterior. The bare lawn is begging for a little landscaping and bright plantings.

Fresh Facade: After

Photographers Matthew Gilson and James Yochum

Fresh Facade: After

The new gray shingles with a white base add charm and sophistication to the facade. Abundant colorful flowers and a cheerful painted door give it the color it so desperately needed.

Exterior Overhaul: Before

Exterior Overhaul: Before

Many suggested that the new owners tear down this 1960s home after years of neglect. While they admitted that it was “extremely unattractive,” something convinced them to give remodeling a try.

Exterior Overhaul: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Exterior Overhaul: After

After a serious update, this is no longer the homeliest home on the block. Best of all, the renovations were planned around the landscape, sparing the property’s cluster of mature oaks.

Inviting Outdoor Deck: Before

Inviting Outdoor Deck: Before

The lackluster wood siding and furnishings on this back patio aren’t worthy of the awe-inspiring seascape just beyond its railings.

Inviting Outdoor Deck: After

Photographer Roger Davies

Inviting Outdoor Deck: After

Extra seating and a warm chocolate-and-white color scheme converted this outdoor spot into a popular gathering place for friends. This is outdoor living done the right way.

Enjoyable Poolside Patio: Before

Enjoyable Poolside Patio: Before

A long, narrow room left space for only a small deck, which prevented the kind of outdoor living that a gorgeous spot like Hilton Head Island deserves.

Enjoyable Poolside Patio: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Enjoyable Poolside Patio: After

The addition of a second story meant that the newly expanded deck could be partially covered, providing this family with outdoor enjoyment, rain or shine.

Space-saving Kitchen: Before

Space-saving Kitchen: Before

The dark cabinetry and countertops don’t match the light and airy feeling the homeowners were going for in their beach house.

Space-saving Kitchen: After

Photographer Lisa Romerein

Space-saving Kitchen: After

A kitchen island helps create flow in the kitchen without sacrificing storage space. The open shelving makes the room seem larger and shows off the new patterned wallpaper.

Open Cottage Kitchen: Before

Open Cottage Kitchen: Before

This kitchen’s dark cabinets aren’t doing it any favors, making it appear heavy and dull.

Open Cottage Kitchen: After

Photographer Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Open Cottage Kitchen: After

White walls, cabinetry, and countertops open up the space and make it feel clean and modern. Turn your kitchen into a gathering place for family and friends by including seating, such as these fun barstools.

Modern Beach Kitchen: Before

Modern Beach Kitchen: Before

While we appreciate the bold use of color, the combination in this kitchen resulted in what the designer called “a terrible rainbow eyesore.”

Modern Beach Kitchen: After

Photographer Roger Davies

Modern Beach Kitchen: After

Natural materials with plenty of rich texture and a more muted color palette take this space in a completely different direction. A timeless approach is key in a room that gets as much use as the kitchen.

Low-key Cottage Kitchen: Before

Low-key Cottage Kitchen: Before

This cookie-cutter kitchen’s uninspired design must have thousands of lookalikes all over the country. The medium-brown cabinetry feels dingy, and the appliance need an overhaul.

Low-key Cottage Kitchen: After

Photographer Richard Leo Johnson

Low-key Cottage Kitchen: After

The homeowners achieved an updated look without sacrificing the beautifully aged feeling that they loved about the house. Glass-tile countertops in a mix of shimmering sandy hues are both enchanting and low-key.

Functional Beach Kitchen: Before

Functional Beach Kitchen: Before

This basic kitchen’s U-shape counter doesn’t facilitate the constant flow of activity coming through the room.

Functional Beach Kitchen: After

Photographer Mike David Wakely

Functional Beach Kitchen: After

A center island and cabinetry with transparent doors are more functional. An ingenious opening allows for the easy passage of food and drinks from the kitchen to the living room.

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