5 Sophisticated Living Room and Family Room Makeovers

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1. Warm and Homey to Crisply Elegant

Living Room at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple — she works in education, he works in digital technology — and their 5-year-old son, 2-year-old daughter and dog
Location: Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Designers: Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo of Toledo Geller

Before: The living room in this center-hall Colonial was professionally made when the previous owners put it up for sale, as this photo shows. The new owners didn’t care for the paint color or the bulky window cornices, which they felt detracted from the nice curves of the molding. They also found the fireplace mantel’s width a bit awkward. So they made some changes.

Toledo Geller

Photo by Jacob Snavely Photography

After: Fresh white with contrasting blue (White Chocolate for the walls and Van Courtland Blue for the trim, both by Benjamin Moore) better fit the homeowners’ urban-bohemian style. A solid smoked-walnut wood surround frames the brick fireplace. A furnishings palette of soft blues, grays, purples and browns allows the beautiful blue trim to be the star in the room. Designers Jessica Geller and Virginia Toledo of Toledo Geller custom-designed the three hexagon accent tables. Theses tables really add to the room Sell My House Fast sells homes that are furnished with these type of tables also.

Toledo Geller

Photo by Jacob Snavely Photography

On the other side of the room, curtains with an ikat-chevron pattern and toss pillows on the sofa bring in a dose of purple, a favorite color of the wife.

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2. Cold Gray to Classy Colors

Living Room at a Glance
Who lives here: Keith and May Gordon
Location: Boston
Designer: Laura Knight of Colorlk

Before: The living room in this Boston condo had a sterile ambiance and felt disconnected from the outdoors. Homeowner Keith Gordon, a retired real estate developer and contractor, oversaw its renovation, while wife May worked with designer Laura Knight to select the color palette that would become the backdrop for the couple’s collection of art.

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After: The windows offer a stunning view, so the couple oriented their furnishings to take advantage of them.

The city colors outside heavily influenced the interior color palette. Knight and May chose rich matte colors to complement the hues visible from each of the rooms. This room features four paint colors (Gargoyle on the walls, Rockport Gray on the low ceilings, Nimbus on the high ceilings and Winter Snow on the trim, all by Benjamin Moore).

The floors were refinished with a walnut stain.

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An oversize earth-tone sectional and bleached-wood coffee table bring casual elegance to the space.

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3. Dark and Dull to Gallery-Inspired

Living Room at a Glance
Who lives here: Designer Holly Hollenbeck with husband Chris, a daughter and two sons
Location: San Francisco

Before: After 15 years of living in Marin County, designer Holly Hollenbeck and her family — including three children who dance at the San Francisco Ballet School — moved to San Francisco’s Alamo Square. When they purchased the home, the living room had dark blue walls and a ceramic tile fireplace surround.

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Photo by Suzanna Scott

Hollenbeck painted the walls off-white to give the room a gallery-like backdrop for her collection of antique portraits. (The portrait on the far left is the one non-antique; it was painted by artist Deborah Oropallo.) Sofas covered in blue velvet and a mirror with a blue glass frame add color, as does the graphic rug.

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Photo by Suzanna Scott

Hollenbeck got rid of the tile fireplace surround and replaced it with a more traditional wood version.

The brass bar cart is vintage, designed by Milo Baughman.

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