This Bold Family Home Went from Unwanted to Incredible

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An understated backdrop was the perfect springboard for this homeowner's passions: clean lines, vibrant color, and bold pattern.

Flip to Hip

For many home buyers, walking in to an all-beige property would signal dull. Without an accent wall or defining element in sight, this home seriously lacked inspiration. That is, until one home buyer stepped in and saw nothing but a clean slate. 

With vibrant pops of color and check-me-out geometric patterns, this 1960s home went from flip to hip. The home's Rat Pack-era styling served as an appropriate setting for the owner's love of midcentury modern inspired furnishings and accents.

Before: Blank Canvas

First on the to-do list? Furnishings! This family was more than ready to fill their expansive living room with a mishmash of statement pieces. They ran into luck when a generous family member gifted a suite of 1958 Lane furniture. 

After: Be Our Guest

A decision to keep the walls beige made this living room makeover fuss-free. The retro furniture gives a great backbone to the midcentury modern feel, while the reupholstered textiles keep it contemporary. A vintage Italian marble table completes the living room's retro vibe.

Dressed-Up Desk

A red lacquer paint job updates this living room desk—originally a vanity found at an antiques shop. Contrasting dark elements placed on top command attention without being overbearing. 

Geometric Choice

From the accent wall covered in gray metallic wallpaper to the new dodecahedron wood pendant light, the dining room is full of intrigue. Playful fabric patterns stand out, making wall decor and tabletop accessories unnecessary. 

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Before: Busy Kitchen

A loud backsplash in the kitchen distracts the eye, even against crisp white cabinets. To bring this kitchen from chaos to calm, the homeowners knew they needed to ditch the dizzying design. 

After: Kitchen Smarts

Beaded-board panels on existing IKEA kitchen cabinets didn't suit the desired midcentury modern aesthetic, but reversing the door and drawer fronts to expose the smooth side was an inexpensive fix. Brass-tone pulls and knobs boost the kitchen's subtle glamour, as do metallic stools. 

Open for Business

Open shelving is a simple way to display favorite dishware. A narrow stack near the range makes for easy pan-to-plate serving and gives these gorgeous mugs and plates a place to show off. Matte penny tile introduces texture on the backsplash. 

Serene Scene

Dusty lavender curtains serve as a floor-to-ceiling headboard in this swoon-worthy bedroom. The DIY bedside tables are a product of black lacquer and a cherry-stained base. New agate-slice knobs make a big style statement. 

Before: Without a Purpose

A long room beside the small master bedroom was in serious need of some purpose. With a little bit of creativity and a big splash of color, this oddly shaped room went from boring to a stunning. 

After: VIP Only

Half of the room now belongs to a master lounge that provides a groovy spot for cocktails, conversation, and movie nights. Graphic wallpaper camouflages the low ceiling, while navy lacquer walls provide a rich backdrop to this glamorous space. 

Sunny Side Up

The remainder of the room was converted into a luxurious dressing room and closet. To keep the dressing room sunny and cheerful, chartreuse grasscloth wallpaper covers the walls. 

Before: Boxed In

This boxy bedroom was more than ready for a young boy’s dream makeover. With a blank canvas for the walls and gorgeous hardwood flooring, it didn’t take much to get this space popping with creativity. 

After: Sleeping Patterns

There is no shortage of funky vibes in this kid's bedroom! White walls keep the attention on an accent wall covered in floor-to-ceiling hexagons. Meanwhile, the black-and-white motif provides a stark contrast to playful yellow accents. 

Mirror, Mirror

A guest bedroom like this upstages the local hotel room every time. Matching twin beds, abstract wall art, and cool mounted sconces come together to create the perfect spot for a little R&R. Trimmed pieces of Rothko-esque wallcovering with classic-profile molding create a modern panel effect.

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