Open Concept Dining and Living Room Decor Makeover

Give your builder grade living and dining room a stylish makeover like we did here with some key living room decor changes. It will not surprise you that I absolutely love to help friends decorate their homes.  All the fun and none of the expense - what could be finer?  I can be a little bit ruthless in my quest to get rid of the less desirable but it's all for the greater design good.  So when a friend moved into her less than 20-year-old home, naturally I had lots of suggestions.

Let's see the living room decor before our makeover:

Living Room Decor before from one side of the room - sofa on left wall, wood floors, 2 brown chairs in center and on left.View from living room from the other side showing the open concept dining room in the background While I couldn't convince her to do anything drastic (I was really pulling for a black dining room but she wouldn't go for it), I think the change is pretty dramatic.  Just goes to show you how much the right furniture arrangement can change the look and feel of a room.

Living Room Decor after the Makeover

Exterior wall with fireplace that now has windows with black and white solid curtain panels on them, 2 teal sofas that face each other flank either side of the fireplace The fireplace surround was a pretty garish green marble but the cost to replace it would have been considerable, so instead, she painted it using a dark grey chalk paint.  I wasn't sure if was going to work but it looks amazing! The chalk paint's flat finish mimics a dark stone slate perfectly -  you would never guess it was painted marble.

Gold and Glass Bar Cart perfect for living room decor with Selter, liquor bottles, glasses and lemonsAngled view of fireplace with chalk painted hearth. The mantle has a big clock on top with 3 decorative items to the right

Dining Room that Complements the Living Room Decor

Dining room with cream curtains on 2 double hung windows, new grey wood table with upholstered cream end chairs and 3 cross backed chairs on each side Despite not having the right spot for that lovely bar cart, I can enjoy it vicariously through her dining room.  And she scored huge by finding the table and side chairs on super sale at a furniture outlet. I love how clean and updated it feels even though there was no construction required (the joys of a newish home!) What do you think of the living room decor before and after? Both rooms are painted in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Links to the specific or similar items found in the rooms can be found below.

Liked this makeover? Make sure to check out this family room makeover too!


  1. I like it! I'm repainting my living room before our new floors go down and am,currently obsessed with cream walls and a darker ceiling color. Any suggestions as to a good grayish-blue ceiling color? There is not much to go on on Pinterest.

  2. Those sofas are fab! The whole design rocks!


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