50 Beautiful Before & Afters
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
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
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
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
This living area is anything but lively and suffers from a severe lack of lighting.
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
This room’s biggest problems are its dark, overhanging beams and brick fireplace, which seem to close in on the space.
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
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
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: After
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: After
Colorful Eclectic Bedroom: Before
This blah bedroom has little style, and the dark ceiling makes it look cramped and unpolished.
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
Ironically, too many entryways and stairs results in no one ever wanting to come inside.
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
This small cottage’s exterior is dreary and unappealing, with virtually no curb appeal.
Welcoming Cottage: After
The small cottage is impossible to overlook after its exterior face-lift. Delightful blue hydrangeas match the newly painted shutters.
Heightened Appeal: Before
A little outdated and hidden by overbearing shrubs, this ranch-style home needed a modern update to make it feel fresh and current.
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
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.
Storybook Retreat: After
A coat of white paint and dreamy landscaping brought this charming cottage to life, while maintaining original character-infusing details such as the arched doorway and gabled rooflines. An extra dormer window also helps the home appear more balanced.
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
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: After
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
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.
Before: Outdated Malibu Kitchen
A 1950s home overlooking Malibu’s brilliant blue waters had an A+ location, but its interiors were past their prime. The small kitchen opened to the living space via an small pass-through, and old cabinetry made the space feel even smaller than its already modest size.
After: Fresh and Open
Enlarging the kitchen’s footprint would have eaten into the narrow dining area, so the homeowners did their best to make the minimal square footage appear airy and spacious. They switched out full-size appliances for smaller, apartment-friendly versions, introduced subtle texture and sparkle with clay tile, and expanded the pass-through to the main living area.
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
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
This kitchen’s dark cabinets aren’t doing it any favors, making it appear heavy and dull.
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
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
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
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
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
This basic kitchen’s U-shape counter doesn’t facilitate the constant flow of activity coming through the room.
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.