22 Creative Room Makeovers
Grab ideas from three inspiring and stylish beach home transformations.
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.
A vaulted Carolina pine ceiling, glass doors, and new windows let in light and helped the small living room breathe.
Designers divided one unwieldy bedroom into two, smart comfortable ones. Built-in closets tuck behind the chimney in the small Amangansett home.
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
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
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.
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
The cheerful, yellow front door of this Newport Beach home is a custom shade by Dunn-Edwards.
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
The goal of this breakfast nook was "bright and fresh," just like the room's inspirational tiki poster.
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
Massive support beams make for an open first-floor plan, while the vaulted living room ceiling occupies former attic crawlspace.
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.
Homeowners made a shower curtain that surrounds the antique tub by soldering copper piping and bolting it to the interior roof rafters.
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
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.