Amazing Before-and-After Makeovers From HGTV's Great Rooms

On each episode of HGTV's Great Rooms, Design Star season six winner Meg Caswell transforms outdated kitchens, living rooms and dining spaces. See the best before-and-afters.
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April 21, 2015

Before: A Clinical Kitchen

This cold, all-white room looks like it belongs in a hospital, not a home. Outdated appliances, flooring and fixtures make it even less inviting.

After: Chic and Contemporary

Wooden cabinets warm up this galley-style space and provide additional storage. Cheerful green accessories add character and connect the kitchen to the adjacent dining space.

After: Dining in Style

Meg left the minty green that the homeowners originally had in the dining space, but dressed the room up with a bold, patterned bench and window treatment, and these chic place settings.

After: Cocktail Hour

Meg added a home bar at the opposite end of the kitchen. Here, she shows that patterns don't have to be bright to make an impact: The subtle, muted motifs in the tiles and wallpaper create low-volume texture.

Before: A Few Global Accents

These homeowners have artifacts from around the world, but no cohesive design scheme in their connected living, dining and kitchen space.

After: Global Chic

Meg featured the homeowners' existing accessories and played up the world traveler theme with boho colors, patterns and textures. A rough-hewn breakfast bar connects the living space to the kitchen.

After: Kitchen Drama

Dark-stained cabinetry and geometric tiles add interest in the kitchen while continuing the red theme from the living space.

After: Custom Wall Art

Meg created this bamboo wall art to add texture in this dining space. The woven shade coordinates with the bamboo hue in the light fixture and the adjacent breakfast nook.

Before: A Snooze-Worthy Breakfast Nook

This plain breakfast nook didn't embody the homeowners' bold, eclectic style.

After: Coffee-Hued Casual Dining

This new restaurant-style booth is perfect for morning coffee. A patterned window treatment repeats the colors from the living room and kitchen, while a map of the couple's travel destinations hints at the entire space's global style.

Before: Stuck in the '70s

From the patterned floors to the faux-stone walls to the drop ceilings, this kitchen needs a major dose of TLC.

After: Sleek and Contemporary

Meg brings the kitchen back into this century with slate-hued cabinetry, a high ceiling and a fun and funky light fixture. Glass panels atop the bold red walls give the space added shine and make them easy to keep clean, too.

After: Bold Patterns

A whimsical striped pattern on the back of the kitchen island complements the flower motif on the window treatments.

Before: Too-Small Kitchen

This kitchen isn't big enough for the homeowners' busy family. Plus, the white cabinets and paneled walls don't make a statement.

After: Sleek and Supersized

Meg and her crew reimagined the space to create a kitchen with a better layout and a casual hangout space for the whole family.

Before: No Counter Space

Prepping dinner, snacks and school lunches was a problem with this itsy-bitsy patch of prep space.

After: A New Kitchen Island

Meg created this huge island, which provides both ample prep space and a place to store cookbooks, magazines and fresh herbs.

After: A Family Hangout

A built-in breakfast bar frees up the rest of the space for a casual hangout spot. The kids can watch TV or do homework at the table while Mom and Dad cook dinner.

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