Fresh and Modern Makeovers You Can Try in Your Own Home
Houston-based interior designer Marie Flanigan has a way with rooms. Her luxury design firm takes spaces that feel dark, cramped, and dated and transforms them into bright, welcoming areas. Marie's design philosophy is to create timeless, authentic spaces everywhere she goes, and this mantra reads loud and clear through these classically redesigned spaces. This set of before-and-afters shows the dramatic effect of a fresh coat of paint, clean colors, and modern furniture can have on a room in your home – and we hope you can pull inspiration from Marie's designs for your own spaces.
Before: A Sectioned-Off Space
A large sectional closed off the room's full seating potential.
After: Textured Neutrals & Plenty Of Seating
This fresh living space has room for all of your guests – including drop-ins! The varying neutral shades allow the fresh greenery in the space to provide a bright pop of color, and a light-colored brick inside the fireplace draws focus to the art above.
Before: Boring Bathroom
This sea-themed space feels a little too eccentric.
After: Lots Of Storage
Textured marble countertops, dark navy cabinetry, and a neutral penny-round tile is complemented by a driftwood mirror.
Before: Plain-Jane Bedroom
With two beds sharing one space, the room reads as dark and cramped.
After: A Welcoming, Comfortable Space For Guests
This fresh makeover pulled cues from the original carpeting – Marie added a patterned rug on top of a new indoor/outdoor carpet to lighten the room. A darker headboard pulls the eye upward, and fresh white bedding makes the bedroom feel oh-so-inviting.
Before: Dark Dining Room
Although formal, the deep olive paint color in this dining room detracts from the large windows' natural light.
After: Elegant Florals Ready For Company
A pretty, patterned wallpaper wakes up this room and a gold light fixture provides a bright focal point.
Before: A Dated Family Room
Dark colors, patterns, and pillars make the room feel much smaller than it is.
After: Guest-Ready With Accentuated High Ceilings
This updated room has seating options for everyone, and a fresh white interior makes the room feel modern and open. Plus, don't the chandeliers make a marked improvement on the ceiling?
Before: An Unused Sitting Room
Thick curtains weigh filter too much light from this sitting room's expansive windows.
After: A New Dining Area
Sheer window coverings, a long wooden table, and beautiful pendant fixtures turned this space into the perfect room for hosting dinner parties.