Traditionally Elegant Living Room

From old and cluttered to traditionally elegant: A living room gets a makeover.

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Although it's tempting to tuck large furniture out of the way in an alcove, you actually lose space in a room. McAloon pulls the armoire out of the alcove, replacing it with shelving and an antique riddling rack used in champagne making. She refreshes the rack with a fresh coat of stain. Paint expert Danielle Hirsch uses a two-tone paint approach to increase the depth of the alcove. On the inner surfaces, she uses the lighter tone ceiling paint. For the back wall, the regular wall color provides contrast in the nook.