22 Creative Room Makeovers

Grab ideas from three inspiring and stylish beach home transformations.

Opened, Airy Kitchen

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Opened, Airy Kitchen

This kitchen, situated in a tiny Amagansett beach shack, felt crowded with upper cabinets and dowdy curtains. Sturdy, walnut shelves replaced the cabinets and opened up the room.

Vaulted Ceilings

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Vaulted Ceilings

A vaulted Carolina pine ceiling, glass doors, and new windows let in light and helped the small living room breathe.

Doubled Bedroom

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Doubled Bedroom

Designers divided one unwieldy bedroom into two, smart comfortable ones. Built-in closets tuck behind the chimney in the small Amangansett home.

Entertaining Patio

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Entertaining Patio

Designers added a pool and hot tub, a patio made of bluestone and dry-stacked Pennsylvania fieldstone, and the surrounding flower beds. They also replaced the original toolshed with a gray-sided pool house, making a great spot to host an outdoor get-together.

Outdoor Dining Spot

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Outdoor Dining Spot

Adding outdoor rooms, like this dining area under a wisteria-covered arbor off the living room, more than doubled the living space in the petite Amagansett home.

Cool Down Spot

Photographer: Jeff McNamara

Cool Down Spot

Installing a cedar-clad outdoor shower just outside the kitchen door allowed it to share a wall with the house's indoor shower, which simplified the plumbing.

Bold Patterns

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Bold Patterns

A plain dining room gets a fresh and bright update in this Newport Beach house. The homeowners decided on a flexible seating arrangement of bench and chairs with colorful slipcovers from Shine by S.H.O. The shell-encrusted statement chandelier is by Currey & Company.

Pops of Color

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Pops of Color

Painting all of the walls in the house white created a clean backdrop for a riot of color. The living room features lemon yellow lamps from Shine by S.H.O. By replacing the wall-to-wall carpet with bamboo flooring, the room gains an instant lightness.

A Bright Welcome

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

A Bright Welcome

The cheerful, yellow front door of this Newport Beach home is a custom shade by Dunn-Edwards.

Oversize Accents

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Oversize Accents

Homeowners used oversize pieces, like this chair (in a Raoul Textiles print) and Crate & Barrel floor lamp, to draw attention to the high ceilings.

Cool Kitchen

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Cool Kitchen

The homeowners refaced the kitchen cabinets, painted them a custom pink-gray color by Dunn-Edwards, tore out the dropped ceiling, and replaced the countertops.

Playful Breakfast Nook

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Playful Breakfast Nook

The goal of this breakfast nook was "bright and fresh," just like the room's inspirational tiki poster.

Mix-and-Match Patterns

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Mix-and-Match Patterns

In this teenage girl's bedroom, the homeowners chose a grass cloth wallpaper in lieu of paint and brought in white accents with pillows, pendant fixtures from Shine by S.H.O., and a West Elm lacquered desk and chair.

Soothing Master Bedroom

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Soothing Master Bedroom

The master bedroom in this Newport Beach house gets a pop of color from the headboard upholstered in striped Lee Jofa fabric, aqua lamps from Shine by S.H.O., and a palm pillow from Ankasa. The colors play nicely against the white walls.

Coastal Courtyard Bath

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Coastal Courtyard Bath

In the master bath, the homeowners tore out everything and started over, with Palm Leaves wallpaper in Light Blue by Cole & Son and sturdy Corian countertops in Seaglass. The room opens to a courtyard garden.

Outdoor Chic

Photographer: Lisa Romerein

Outdoor Chic

The homewoner upgraded the patio with a double chaise from Room Service and turquoise cushion fabric piped in green from Sunbrella.

Renovated Cottage

Photographer: Laura Moss

Renovated Cottage

Homeowners remodeled this 1920s home by opening up the shed roof and L-shaped additions out back with new French doors to bring in more light and views of the Boothbay Harbor in Maine.

Neutral and Warm Living Room

Photographer: Laura Moss

Neutral and Warm Living Room

Massive support beams make for an open first-floor plan, while the vaulted living room ceiling occupies former attic crawlspace.

Rustic Coastal Dining

Photographer: Laura Moss

Rustic Coastal Dining

The ceilings, walls, and trim in this simple dining room are all painted in Brilliant White by Benjamin Moore. A sturdy wooden table gives the room a touch of warmth.

Antique Shower

Photographer: Laura Moss

Antique Shower

Homeowners made a shower curtain that surrounds the antique tub by soldering copper piping and bolting it to the interior roof rafters.

Resourceful Kitchen

Photographer: Laura Moss

Resourceful Kitchen

During demolition of the original cottage, homewoners salvaged glass-paned cupboard doors and hinges to create new built-ins off the kitchen.

Cozy Sleeping Loft

Photographer: Laura Moss

Cozy Sleeping Loft

Angled eaves under the sleeping loft's 6'3" peaked ciling accommodate small pieces of furniture and a built-in bed abutting the half-wall behind the stairs.

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