The Best Makeovers From Design Star Season 7

Look back on the most impressive makeovers from season seven of HGTV Design Star.
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November 25, 2014


Before: Cold and Cavernous

The competition's first challenge: Redesign the massive Los Angeles mansion where the cast will live. Danielle and Luca took on the great room. Before, the room's huge windows and soaring ceilings leave you feeling dwarfed in the space.

After: Warm and Inviting

Danielle and Luca used the right hue of gray and properly-scaled furniture and artwork to make this room cozy and inviting.

After: Oversized Artwork

Danielle used photos of her and Luca's personal items — a metal angel wing and a pair of copper jacks — to create large-scale canvas prints.

After: Architectural Details

Danielle filled space on one massive wall with picture molding, creating large-scale architectural details.

Before: A Great Place to Start

In the same challenge, Britany and Mikel were assigned this guest bedroom. The room started with great architectural details, like built-in shelving and crown molding.

After: Bold and Comforting

Mikel and Britany's citron, blue and white room delivered the right balance of bold eye candy and soft comfort.

After: Geometric Pattern

Britany's graphic fretwork pattern wowed the judges. She had a carpenter cut the pieces out of MDF and paint them white to contrast with the blue walls.

After: Mikel's Signature Style, Represented

Mikel found a large-scale ottoman and reupholstered it with a distressed shower curtain to exemplify his "vintage chic" style.

Before: White Room Challenge

Design Star's classic White Room Challenge yielded some amazing results in season seven. Each white room came equipped with a sofa, two end tables, a lamp and three cabinets for the designers to transform. Their only material source? A home-and-garden center.

After: Stanley's Finished White Box

This dramatically different take on the traditional challenge wowed the judges. Stanley kept the box white, and used lighting to create interest.

After: Backlit Sofa

"In all the seasons of Design Star, nobody has ever thought to backlight a couch this way," judge Vern Yip said of Stanley's florescent light-illuminated sofa. "He turned it into sculpture, but it's still an homage to interior."

After: Danielle's Finished White Room

"This room has a great sense of balance," Vern said. The off-center wall design made a huge visual impact.

After: Black, White and Gold

The glossy black, gold and white design was inspired by the wall pattern in a photo of Danielle's mother from the 1970s.

After: Transformed Tables

Danielle used black contact paper and gold paint to easily transform basic tables into high-end accents.

After: Rachel's Finished White Room

Layer upon layer magically works in this bold, graphic space; the painted lattice background meshes perfectly with a striped floor and chevron dressers. "She can layer patterns, which I think is something a lot of designers struggle with," judge Genevieve Gorder said.

Freehand Fashionista

Rachel added a fashionable twist to her room by creating a freehand sketch of a model.

Before: Dull Office Space

In the season's third episode, the designers were asked to revamp a tired office for a celebrity client: Kris Kardashian Jenner! Kris's main requests: a conference table large enough to seat around 16 people and a mirrored element. "I never met a mirror I didn't like," Kris joked.

After: Modern Conference Room

This finished space is the perfect blend of form and function. The white conference table stands out against the charcoal gray walls, and glamorous accents abound.

After: Bold Focal Points

Bold feature walls define this space, from Mikel's wallpapered moments to Britany's mirrored wall.

After: 3-D Installation

Britany created a 3-D effect by staggering cubes of mirror; some are inset and some jut out. "The mirrored wall is really smart....It took a very inexpensive material and made it look luxe," judge Vern Yip said.

After: Table for a Crowd

Mikel's used two modern white tables to create a conference setup large enough to accomdate the whole Kardashian clan.

After: Classic Patterns

White cabinetry and accessories stand out against black-and-white lattice wallpaper.

Before: Lots of Boxes

In the same Kardashian office challenge, Rachel and Stanley were assigned an important room: Kris's own office! Kris' wish list: a not-too-serious desk, a seating area and an overall intimate feel.

After: Sophisticated Workspace

This high-glamour space is perfect for Hollywood's hottest mom-ager.

After: Custom Desk

Stanley used a wooden form and a white granite top for this modern take on a traditional desk.

After: Diamond Wall Detail

"I wanted to buy Kris a tennis bracelet, but I made one instead," Stanley joked during his camera challenge. He cut cubes of wood and painted them with a light coat of metallic spray paint.

After: The Perfect Sofa

When Rachel spotted these chartreuse-hued Chesterfield-style sofas, she knew they were the perfect representation of her style — and the client's, too. "I never in a million years would have chosen that green color, but I walked in, and I fell in love," Kris said as she toured the room.

After: Repurposed Console

Stanley and Rachel initially purchased a red console, then painted it glossy black to coordinate with the yellow-green sofa and chair.

After: Architectural Details

Rachel added rounded trim, molding and pane details to these windows to transform ordinary squares into an architectural detail. She topped off the look with billowing silver drapes.

Before: In Full View

The designers tackled their first homeowner challenge in week four of the competition. Britany and Stanley were asked to create a bold outdoor space with more privacy for the homeowners.

After: Graphic and Functional

Stanley and Britany collaborated on this herringbone fence that's both graphic and functional. "It's art and a fence at the same time," judge Vern Yip says. A custom high-top table doubles as a bar or buffet for outdoor parties.

After: Pretty Privacy

"I love that you finished it with points and not with a straight edge," judge Genevieve Gorder says.

Before: Too-Small Furniture

Hilari and Mikel took on the indoor space for the same homeowners in episode four. Before the makeover, the large space had high ceilings that dwarfed the homeowners' furniture and accessories.

After: Cozy and Inviting

Mikel's sage green paint color choice and furnishings with a collected vibe make this room feel cozy and inviting.

Before: Where's the Color?

White walls and a stark fireplace alongside hardwood floors and a wooden table left this room in need of some color and warmth.

After: Warm Earth Tones

Warm neutrals paired with sage green walls make this dining room an inviting spot to enjoy a meal. A pendant light over the table creates mood lighting for diners, while the wooden mirror frame adds warmth to the bright white fireplace surround.

Before: Blank Party Slate

In episode five of season seven, the designers were asked to create party lounges that evoked the designs of iconic eras. And the lounges were made from scratch — even the walls, floors and ceilings.

After: Britany's High-Style Lounge

Britany's lounge exudes the glamour of Hollywood regency style. She used a classic black, gold and white color palette with bold graphic touches.

After: Graphic Accents

Britany placed paneled doors with white accents at the front and back of her lounge to give the room added depth.

After: Full Circle

Judge Genevieve Gorder praised Britany's accessory choices, along with her selection of this circular bookcase with geometric detailing.

After: Danielle's Parisian Jazz Lounge

Danielle's chosen design style: sleek and mysterious art deco. This Paris-inspired lounge features lots of glossy black pieces with peach and white accents.

After: Geometric Floor

Danielle used painter's tape and a thin layer of peach paint to create this triangular floor pattern evocative of art deco style.

After: Shell Screen

Tiered, symmetrical designs — like the spire of the New York City's Chrysler Building — are a staple of art deco style. This shell-inspired screen created a bold backdrop for Danielle's sofa.

After: Fierce Focal Point

Danielle's best antique shop find: A glossy panther parked in the front of this space.

After: Welcome to 1980

Hilari was assigned the bold and bright 1980s for the party lounge challenge. She rocked the era in her space with bright hues and fun accessories.

After: PVC Pipe Walls

Hilari used PVC pipes and chains to create partial walls for this lounge. Grommet-studded leather bands on the pipe ends are a subtle salute to the era's punk rock scene.

After: Retro Seating

A curvy white sofa contrasts the Mondrian-inspired floor's bright hues.

Before: Another White Box

Episode six of season seven brought the dreaded kitchen challenge. The designers worked in pairs to create kitchens designed around three different styles of sinks, all from a basic white box.

After: Soft Hues

Danielle and Britany worked together to create this eclectic kitchen. A light turquoise and butter yellow palette makes this room cheerful and bright.

After: The Lived-In Look

Pieces that appear to be time-worn, like Britany and Danielle's weathered wood buffet and classic crystal chandelier, lend this space a lived-in look.

After: Stylish Storage

A weathered wood buffet adds storage space for dining essentials, while the large-scale mirror makes the kitchen appear larger.

After: Traditional Glamour

A crystal chandelier adds a touch of tradition to this eclectic space.

After: Bold Floral Hues

Britany and Danielle turned to floral accents in yellow and pink to brighten the room.

After: Bookcase Storage

An industrially-inspired bookcase displays key entertaining pieces alongside carefully-selected cookbooks.

Before: Basic Beige

During the seventh week of Design Star, the final four headed to brand new condos to create color-inspired living and dining spaces. In Hilari's condo, neutral walls and bland tile floors don't lend any character — it had to be created from scratch.

After: Sophisticated Style

Hilari masterfully incorporated her inspiration hue — red — into this layered, sophisticated space.

After: Red Accents

The design panel appreciated Hilari's restrained approach with the color red. "It can be a difficult color to work with," judge Vern Yip noted.

After: Texture, Texture, Texture

Hilari layered texture and pattern throughout the space, like this mix of tweed, velvet and silk pillows topped with a bold, zebra-printed accent.

After: Versace Moments

Hilari finally showed her glamorous side with shiny, high-end accessory choices. "I love big shiny things. And that's my philosophy: Buy things that you love," she said.

After: Tactile Tapestry

Hilari used a richy-textured Indian blanket to create a large-scale art piece that breaks up the room's long wall.

After: Glass Dining Table

The judges loved Hilari's glamorous glass dining table and upholstered chairs.

Before: New Construction

Britany lucks out when she randomly chooses one of her favorite hues in episode seven's colorful condo challenge: yellow! Her plan: Add lot of seating, a big dining table and a graphic wall feature to show off her design style.

After: Cool and Cohesive

Britany chose a cool blue-green hue for the walls to offset bold yellow accents.

After: Citron Vases

Britany transformed simple white vases with a coat of citron paint. "You handled this color beautifully. I love the small moments you created with yellow," judge Vern Yip said of the space.

After: Graphic Wall Accent

To break up the condo's large wall, Britany delivered one of her go-to elements: a 3-D, graphic wall treatment.

After: Vibrant Dining Room

The judges were head-over-heels for Britany's yellow dining chairs. A gunmetal pendant adds interest over the table.

Before: An Unfurnished Yurt

Every year, the Design Star contestants take on a non-traditional home challenge. This year, it's yurts! Traditionally used by nomads, each movable yurt features canvas atop its latticed walls, a basic wooden floor and a waterproof skylight.

After: Britany's Finished Space

Britany's finished space still features her signature bold and graphic accents, but in a more modern way.

After: Original Photos

Britany used photos taken in the park during the challenge as her main source of wall art.

After: Light Fixture Focal Point

Swaths of turquoise fabric lead to a bright centerpiece: a simple-yet-stunning white pendant lamp. "Lighting is floating art, and she really seized on that," judge Vern Yip said.

After: Danielle's Finished Yurt

Danielle's finished space has a warm, collected feel with a contemporary edge. "She left no area completely unattended to...that's the biggest thing in this room that makes it a success," judge Genevieve Gorder said.

After: Flowing Bedding

Danielle used gauzy curtains as a modern take on classic mosquito netting.

After: Layered Rugs

Layered rugs in Danielle's yurt offer a mix of textures and patterns, like this coarse, woven tribal rug paired with a soft animal hide.

After: Hilari's Finished Yurt

Hilari created a space that truly seems like a fantasy bedroom, complete with bright accents and lots of glamour.

After: Bedroom Focal Point

An antique canopy bed is the centerpiece of Hilari's yurt. "Talk about a fantasy bed. It really transports you," said judge Vern Yip.

After: Bright Bedding

Purple, pink and orange throw pillows add bright color to this space and bring in a subtle flower theme.

Gold and Glamour

Another moment of luxury in Hilari's space: a bookcase lined with gold leaf.

Before: No Place to Dine

In the season's final challenge, Britany and Danielle worked with real homeowners to make over living and dining spaces. Britany worked on this dining room that's overrun by toddler toys — it doesn't even have a table or chairs.

After: Sophisticated Dining Spot

The wallpaper and wainscoting create a high-end look that nods to Britany's trademark graphic style.

After: Family Photos, Front and Center

Britany used framed portraits of the family as personal art on the dining room walls.

Before: No Design Scheme

Mismatched furniture and a strange space plan left this living room functional but disjointed.

After: Britany's Cohesive Design

Britany used warm gray walls to tie the space together and give it a sophisticated-but-livable feel.

After: Fireside Chats

Placing the sectional in the center of the room — rather than against the far wall — puts loungers close enough to watch TV or feel the fire's heat.

After: Classic and Modern

Britany used a classically-shaped wingback chair in the corner of the living room, but the orange damask pattern and black trim add a modern twist.

After: Twists on Tradition

A silhouette-style print of a Greek bust on black canvas adds modern whimsy to classic artwork.

After: Global Accessories

Small accents in orange, white and black tie Britany's room together.

Before: Too-Traditional Dining Space

In the last challenge, Daniele worked with the artsy and eclectic Keller family. Before the makeover, this uber-traditional dining room didn't reflect their eclectic style.

After: Funky and Functional

A retro-inspired chandelier, molded chairs and a warm gray wall hue lend personality to this dining room. Danielle also added function, too, in the form of a workspace for artist Lois.

Compact Home Office

Before, painter Lois's artwork and materials were scattered around the space. Danielle created this storage-packed workspace — complete with a view — to add daytime function to this dining room.

Before: Living Room Hodge Podge

This room's bulky, hand-me-down furniture didn't mesh with the Keller family's Spanish-style home or their personal style.

After: Artsy and Eclectic

Lois's artwork fills the walls of this cool turquoise space, while muted-but-mod furniture pieces reflect the Kellers' love of midcentury style.

Gallery Wall

Before, the family's walls were an uninspiring beige. Now, they're stocked full of artful showpieces.

Before: Hidden Fireplace

The family's sofa hid the room's original fireplace, and the all-white walls didn't let the architectural details stand out.

After: A Bright Focal Point

The non-functioning fireplace serves a new purpose: living room focal point.

Colorful Contrast

White molding atop green walls creates much-needed contrast.

Family-Sized Sofa

Danielle swapped the Keller's extra-large, extra-bulky sofa for a sleeker model that's still large enough to seat the whole family.

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