Disoriented seating and the overbearing hearth distracts from the gorgeous view of the ocean outside this living room.
Photographer: Lisa Romerein
Fresh white paint, lush seating cushions, and a downsized fireplace allow the beach view to be the focal point of the room.
Dark hanging beams and a brick fireplace seem out-of-place and make this room feel smaller than it is.
Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Painting the dark beams a bright white dramatically changes the room and creates a more open feel. Fun, exotic prints add interest and color.
This old, dingy, outdoor shed needed a lot of creativity and hard work to create a beautiful living space.
Photographer: Grey Crawford
With lots of elbow grease, the homeowners were able to turn a lowly shack into a gorgeous, earth-toned living room. The raised ceiling and striped rug add chic interest.
The mismatched furniture takes away from the stunning coastal views of this charcterless living room.
Photographer: Roger Davies
Sticking with a neutral palette of black, white, and wood tones brings a classic, yet chic vibe to the space. Simple bamboo blinds maximize the ocean view.
A lack of furniture makes this drab living room hard to utilize. Lots of empty space does not work well for relaxing or entertaining.
Photographer: Tria Giovan
A pale wall color plus fun and comfortable bamboo furniture gives this room both personality as well as an inviting atmosphere.
Homeowners had lots of creative freedom with this bare space. Certain aspects, like the popcorn-ceiling were first on the list to go.
Photographer: Deborah Whitlaw Llwellyn
The neutral palette mixed with natural touches gives the room a calming feel. A collection of smaller pictures forms a larger piece of art that adds significant interest to the space.
Interesting shelves, a vaulted ceiling, and wood floors provided great opportunity for a gorgeous living room.
Photographer: Mike David Wakely
The L-shaped couch and glass coffee table serve as anchors to the eccentric collection of movies, books, and accessories on the shelves. A unique color palette of dark grays and bright pops of orange add character.
Dark paneling on the walls caused this room to feel old and crowded. The homeowners wanted to brighten up the space go along with their coastal cottage.
Photographer: Timothy Street-Porter
By completely covering the wood paneling with bright white paint, this living room feels more open and comfortable. Simple, plush furniture completes the look and enhances natural light.
This traditional layout needed a bright airiness to contrast the heavy floors.
Photographer: Dominique Vorillon
The driftwood coffee table is a bold focal point that references the natural environment outside. Neutral colors with accents of cool blues and green create a calming coastal atmosphere.
Mangy carpet, mismatched upholstered furniture, and cheap paneling gave this room a vintage vibe--in a bad way.
Photographer: Troy Campbell
A fresh neutral palette mimics the outdoor surroundings of this modern beachouse. Sleek white furniture adds a touch of futuristic style while a woven rug keeps it coastal.