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Before & After Living Rooms: Traditional-Style Living Rooms

Browse this collection of classic living room designs to find inspiration for your own space, with proof that any ordinary room can become a traditional retreat.

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    • Colorful Living Room Renovation

      The all-brown dreariness of this living room was replaced with a refreshing color scheme of yellow, cream, sage, and red. The golden color of the new paneling makes the pine floor pop, and the white-painted mantel and bookcases turn the fireplace into a dramatic focal point.

    • Colorful Living Room Renovation

      The all-brown dreariness of this living room was replaced with a refreshing color scheme of yellow, cream, sage, and red. The golden color of the new paneling makes the pine floor pop, and the white-painted mantel and bookcases turn the fireplace into a dramatic focal point.

    • Sunny Yellow Living Room

      This living room is brought back to life with colorful touches. An armoire painted sage-green with stylized flowers provides eye-friendly storage space. The cream-colored fabric on the sofa coordinates with slipcovers on other upholstered furniture.

    • Sunny Yellow Living Room

      This living room is brought back to life with colorful touches. An armoire painted sage-green with stylized flowers provides eye-friendly storage space. The cream-colored fabric on the sofa coordinates with slipcovers on other upholstered furniture.

    • Fresh Living Room Makeover

      Hardwood floors replaced the old wall-to-wall carpet, coupled with new beaded-board walls and gallons of fresh paint that rejuvenated the dark, dated living room. The kid-friendly space has a beachy feel.

    • Fresh Living Room Makeover

      Hardwood floors replaced the old wall-to-wall carpet, coupled with new beaded-board walls and gallons of fresh paint that rejuvenated the dark, dated living room. The kid-friendly space has a beachy feel.

    • Restored Woodwork

      The gorgeous woodwork in this living area was in desperate need of some restoration. Removing years of grime, paint, and finish from the wood trim took a lot of physical labor and time, but all the work returned it to its former glory.

    • Restored Woodwork

      The gorgeous woodwork in this living area was in desperate need of some restoration. Removing years of grime, paint, and finish from the wood trim took a lot of physical labor and time, but all the work returned it to its former glory.

    • Rejuvenated Hardwood Flooring

      The hardwood floors in this living room were professionally refinished. Years of gunk and finish from the windows, doorways, and baseboards were removed with old-fashioned stripper, elbow grease, and a flexible putty knife. The new lighter, warmer stain helps give the room a fresh look.

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      Rejuvenated Hardwood Flooring

      The hardwood floors in this living room were professionally refinished. Years of gunk and finish from the windows, doorways, and baseboards were removed with old-fashioned stripper, elbow grease, and a flexible putty knife. The new lighter, warmer stain helps give the room a fresh look.

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      Living Room with Vintage Details

      This Mediterranean-style home already had great bones, but fresh paint and added vintage details really brought out the beauty. Tiles that are reproductions of pieces in the Vatican give the fireplace a strong presence.

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      Living Room with Vintage Details

      This Mediterranean-style home already had great bones, but fresh paint and added vintage details really brought out the beauty. Tiles that are reproductions of pieces in the Vatican give the fireplace a strong presence.

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      Living Room with Contemporary Touches

      New divided-light windows emphasize this home's 1890s roots, and heart pine plank flooring establishes a vintage personality. The dilapidated mantel was replaced with a taller one that fits the scale of the space. Contemporary touches, such as black track lighting, a clear acrylic coffee table, and strawberry wall color all come together to create a casual feel.

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      Living Room with Contemporary Touches

      New divided-light windows emphasize this home's 1890s roots, and heart pine plank flooring establishes a vintage personality. The dilapidated mantel was replaced with a taller one that fits the scale of the space. Contemporary touches, such as black track lighting, a clear acrylic coffee table, and strawberry wall color all come together to create a casual feel.

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      Elegant Living Area

      A lower tray ceiling gives this room a more intimate feel, and hickory flooring stands in beautifully for old carpeting. A flagstone surround and traditional painted-wood mantel transform the look of the fireplace. White bookshelves stand in to rid the room of an unwanted view.

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      Elegant Living Area

      A lower tray ceiling gives this room a more intimate feel, and hickory flooring stands in beautifully for old carpeting. A flagstone surround and traditional painted-wood mantel transform the look of the fireplace. White bookshelves stand in to rid the room of an unwanted view.

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      Media Room Makeover

      The former game room received little use, but the new 16x30-foot media room is a favorite gathering spot. The dramatic ceiling beams were freshened up with white paint, and a fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and a large flat-panel television make comfortable and practical use of the space.

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      Media Room Makeover

      The former game room received little use, but the new 16x30-foot media room is a favorite gathering spot. The dramatic ceiling beams were freshened up with white paint, and a fireplace, built-in cabinetry, and a large flat-panel television make comfortable and practical use of the space.

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      Living Room with Architectural Details

      This 1990s builder's spec house lacked character. But when molding and architectural details were injected into the living room during an extensive home remodeling project, the space transformed into an elegant gathering area with a gorgeous, revamped fireplace.

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      Living Room with Architectural Details

      This 1990s builder's spec house lacked character. But when molding and architectural details were injected into the living room during an extensive home remodeling project, the space transformed into an elegant gathering area with a gorgeous, revamped fireplace.

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      Dramatic Living Room Makeover

      This downstairs room was a blank slate. A renovation project remedied the major structural problems of the space, and detailed decor created a sophisticated, traditional feel. Elegant lighting takes center stage, with a chandelier, tabletop structure, and wall sconces.

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      Dramatic Living Room Makeover

      This downstairs room was a blank slate. A renovation project remedied the major structural problems of the space, and detailed decor created a sophisticated, traditional feel. Elegant lighting takes center stage, with a chandelier, tabletop structure, and wall sconces.

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      Refreshing White Walls

      The homeowners liked the look of their ceiling's original open beams, but they had to build a new one because of structural problems. Once completed, the ceiling got a fresh coat of white paint to brighten the room and complement the fresh feel.

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      Refreshing White Walls

      The homeowners liked the look of their ceiling's original open beams, but they had to build a new one because of structural problems. Once completed, the ceiling got a fresh coat of white paint to brighten the room and complement the fresh feel.

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      Greek Revival Redo

      This dated living room was rebuilt in Greek Revival style, defined by all the new windows and the simple, graphic lines of the furniture reflected in abstract art on the walls. A ceiling-hung lighting fixture ties the design of the room together.

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      Greek Revival Redo

      This dated living room was rebuilt in Greek Revival style, defined by all the new windows and the simple, graphic lines of the furniture reflected in abstract art on the walls. A ceiling-hung lighting fixture ties the design of the room together.

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