To brighten a dark and dated outdoor space on a budget, start with paint and better lighting.

Now that her son is grown, a homeowner is ready to retire his Redskins memorabilia in favor of a modern, sophisticated design.

Blues and reds inspired by the New York Rangers help highlight the homeowners’ sports memorabilia.

When trying to save money, focus on finding sale prices for big items, and consider decorating in stages to spread out the expense.

Smaller furniture and a neutral palette help created a sophisticated, French-inspired space.

Natural tones and textures, and classic pieces with clean lines, give this space a much-needed upgrade.

To refresh a tired home addition, paint the brick fireplace and go bold with the upholstery.

The homeowner is retired and no longer needs a large desk. Designer Stuart Nordin helps her rethink the space.

Durable flooring materials and fabrics are the building blocks for a space that can stand up to friends, both furry and human.

By dividing the awkward room into three zones, a designer creates space for reading, television and entertaining.

A large sectional and plenty of shelving form the basis of this updated design.

How to turn a small, open space into a comfortable place to read and watch television.

Hardwood floors, clean lines and neutral colors breathe new life into a tired space.

Colorful art, great lighting and carefully chosen furniture create a dramatic foyer.

A central grouping of comfy chairs and a round coffee table anchor a cozy living room.

Neutral colors and geometric patterns are the backdrop for a soothing masculine retreat.

Designer Christie Leu uses paint and a variety of seating to create a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space.

A colorful sofa and swivel chairs create a comfortable but sophisticated space for relaxing and entertaining.

A comfortable, relaxing living room starts with a large sectional and ottoman, and soothing colors.

A versatile room starts with multipurpose furniture, including comfortable upholstered armchairs.

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