If there’s something we never get tired of seeing, it’s a great makeover. Whether it’s transforming a retro bathroom into a modern oasis or giving a lackluster bedroom a fresh look, pros perform these design miracles all the time.
To give designers a chance to showcase their favorite makeovers—and to bring you plenty of inspiration for your own home—we’re sharing the best before and afters we’ve seen in our series, Makeover of the Week. Take notes for your next renovation.
“I took a mostly unfurnished living room and gave it a contemporary feel using bold furniture and accessories," interior designer Tiffany Brooks of Tiffany Brooks Interiors says. "Luckily, because the room had zero identity, the clients were open to whatever I suggested! The room had good bones when it came to the crown molding and wood floors, so I painted the white walls a warm taupe shade and then filled the space with beautiful colors, textures, and modern patterns, including gold fringed poufs, a shimmery grey rug, marble-topped tables, along with eye-catching wall art.”
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Interior designer Tiffany Brooks is the owner of Tiffany Brooks Interiors in Chicago. A past winner of HGTV's Design Star, she’s currently the designer and host behind HGTV's yearly Smart Home.
“The old room was littered with lots of odds and ends including mismatched furniture and children’s toys," Brooks notes. "The only items the homeowners wanted to keep were the blue sofa and draperies, so I used them as a starting point to bring my vision to life."
“I often accessorize my tablescapes so they look like skyscrapers with varying heights and widths,” Brooks says. “Here, I covered the table with stacked books, a framed photo, a starburst, and vases.”
- Color theme: Prismatic hues like blue and violet give the space an eclectic feel.
- Curtains: Neutral-colored panels paired with sheers allow light to filter through the windows.
- Poufs: Fringed leather ottomans on recessed casters add visual and physical texture while providing portable seating.
- Coffee table: Pebble-shaped Agaria marble on the coffee and end table resemble cut gemstones.
- Side tables: Antique rust aluminum side tables provide a resting spot for accessories.
- Seating: A blue velvet tufted sofa, a studded leather wing-back chair, and two matching modern lounge chairs with antiqued brass frames provide seating options.
- Floor lamps: Symmetrically placed gold floor lamps add style and light.
- Plants: Two fiddle fig leaf trees in ceramic planters introduce natural foliage to the room.
- Carpet: A shimmery silver and grey hand tufted viscose rug creates visual movement while drawing everything in the room together.
- Paintings: Colors used throughout the room were pulled from the two abstract wall paintings.
- Pillows: A mix of solids and prints add a pop of color and design to the decor.