Dazzling Dining Room Before and After Makeovers

After: Fresh Traditional Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Let these impressive makeovers inspire you to get your dining room sitting pretty and ready for guests.

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Before: Stable Overhaul Dining Room

Before: Stable Overhaul Dining Room

This long room was begging to be broken up into separate, functioning areas.

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After: Stable Overhaul Dining Room

After: Stable Overhaul Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The task of divvying up the slender room and allowing it to function as separate areas was tricky. The center of the room was the prime spot for the crystal chandelier, so Melissa placed the table beneath it. The result: a center table that opens up for buffets for entertaining while serving as a divider for the two seating areas on either end.

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Before: Modern Rancher Dining Room

Modern Rancher Dining Room Before

The space between the front of the house and the kitchen served as a family room, with built-in shelving and a mod sectional for ample seating.

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After: Modern Rancher Dining Room

Modern Rancher Dining Room After
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The walls are still intact, but the space now serves as a library/dining area, which is casually arranged with a table, sofa, and bench pushed against the shelves.

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Before: Organic Modern Dining Room

Before: Organic Modern Dining Room

A cold and stark starting point with a bland color palette and an uninspired light fixture leaves this dining room begging for some life.

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After: Organic Modern Dining Room

After: Organic Modern Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Lauren Liess' clients asked her for a dining room to suit the laid-back entertaining style in their Maryland home. "They wanted a space that would make them go 'ahhh.' That's a sigh—not a scream!" says Lauren, who owns the home furnishings studio Lauren Liess & Co. (laurenliess.com). To hit a mellow vibe, Lauren mixed neutral colors and fabrics with a few eye-catching pieces, such as bold artwork, a blue painted sideboard, and a showstopping chandelier. The result? A clean but cozy space that reflects the owners' love of nature.

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Before: Fresh Traditional Dining Room

Before: Fresh Traditional Dining Room

A settee and desk in the middle of the room is no way to treat a dining room.

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After: Fresh Traditional Dining Room

After: Fresh Traditional Dining Room
Laurey W. Glenn

Years of masquerading as a cluttered office space left this dining room needing a makeover. Atlanta-based interior designer Margaret Kirkland (margaretkirklandinteriors.com) helped the space regain its original focus: a place for the family to gather and eat. To do this, she put together a look that's chic and comfortable with an easygoing palette and timeless furnishings.

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Before: Bold Bohemian Dining Room

Before: Uninspired Space

A bland palette wasn't doing anything for this room.

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After: Bold Bohemian Dining Room

After: Bold Bohemian Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

An easy glamour permeates the historic Atlanta home of fashion accessories designer Cinda Boomershine (cindab.com). She believes wholeheartedly that high style and accessibility can (and should) coexist. Her glitzy-but-practical decorating approach comes alive in her vibrant dining room, where she created a sophisticated space for entertaining tempered with cool blues, a shot of youthful pizzazz, and a few hits of easy DIYs.

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Before: Lake House Dining Room

Before: Lake House Kitchen

The dining room had lots of natural light, but heavy beams in the ceiling closed in the space.

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After: Lake House Dining Room

After: Lake House Dining Room
Photo: Nancy Nolan

Beams were removed to allow more light to enter the room from above. Heather designed a 12-foot wooden table with a beveled zinc top to fit the narrow room. Two giant lanterns lend symmetry and balance and set the area apart from the surrounding spaces. With a skylight overhead and an expansive windowed wall, the room feels at one with nature.

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Before: Neutral Update Dining Room

Before: Neutral Update Dining Room

A lack of light was an issue in this dining room, pre-renovation. Brown walls and brown-on-brown furniture made it a dreary space.

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After: Neutral Update Dining Room

After: Neutral Update Dining Room

Light was definitely in order here. Brown walls were painted white, and brown-on-brown furniture was shown the door. Chairs upholstered in off-white leather lend a smooth look. a round, chunky,stone table replaced the oval one, which didn't suit the room's dimensions. Lindsey left the existing chandelier for a spot of glamour overhead. Up the wow factor—go with open shelving with distinctive lines for an artful display area.

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Before: Summer Rancher Living Room

Before: Summer Rancher Dining Room

A bulky sofa, loveseat, and chair filled the space in front of the windows.

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After: Summer Rancher Dining Room

After: Summer Rancher Dining Room
Photo: Alexandra Rowley

The dining table and four open-backed chairs anchor the expanse of glass, allowing the commanding view of Lake Hamilton to take center stage. "After that, it just made sense to put the seating areas in the middle of the room," homeowner Kevin Walsh says.

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Before: Warmed-Up Dining Room

Before: Warmed-Up Dining Room

Busy floral wallpaper and a choppy flow did not add to the appeal of the pre-renovation dining room.

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After: Warmed-Up Dining Room

After: Warmed-Up Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Homeowner Fran Keenan nixed the windows on the far wall, opting instead for French doors to connect to the exterior and visually pull the eye through the space. She removed the busy floral wallpaper and bathed the walls in the same color as the adjacent living room for a better sense of flow. A mix of seating and an antique area rug keep the room from feeling stuffy.

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Before: Rightsize Remodel Living Room

Before: Rightsize Remodel Living Room

Michele and Andy Topka were happily tucked away in their quiet Charleston-area cul-de-sac, but as their family grew, their traditional home started making them claustrophobic. The Topkas teamed up with architect Heather Wilson (heatherawilsonarchitect.com) and interior designer Jen Langston (jenlangston.com) to rework their home with a more family-friendly layout and fresh, natural style.

Here, a poorly designed addition hampered the flow of the living room.

See more of this Family-Friendly Remodel

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After: Rightsize Remodel Dining Room

After: Rightsize Remodel Dining Room
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

The team removed the existing fireplace and broke the large room into two separate spaces more suited to the family—a quiet study and a dining room with two sides of windows. The abundance of windows floods the space with natural light. The owners saved big by retaining the original wood floors, stripping them down and oiling them to the perfect patina.

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