Watch any home renovation show and typically the living room is a huge focus, along with the kitchen. Having an open concept layout for your living room and kitchen is what most homeowners want. Especially if this means a bigger living room or kitchen comes from it. So it is no shock that living rooms are usually included with a kitchen renovations as part of an open layout concept. However there are some renovations that only include specific changes like adding new stone masonry or paint color. But just like any other room in your home, living rooms have great renovation potential all on their own.
Expanding the space:
The living room is usually the most used space in your home, next to the kitchen. This is usually where the family all gathers at some point. So you don’t want to settle for a small, closed-off living room space, especially when open layouts are so popular. As we mentioned earlier living rooms are often merged with the kitchen design and renovation. However this isn’t the only choice. There are “small” things you can do that will add more space, like removing a wall, can add that open, spacious feel. If you have a deck or sunroom by the living room, then you might consider installing new windows and a door leading outdoors. While these “small” projects still require some renovation they don’t require a full upheaval of the space.
Adding a feature wall:
An add eye-catching focal point that appeals to any room is a feature wall. These are a perfect interior design element that can go a long way. Living rooms are especially beneficial, as most tend to have large, spacious walls in them. A feature wall can be more than just the traditional bold new paint color. You might add some texture with a stone veneer addition, or have a fireplace installed. Maybe add some shelving that surrounds a mounted tv. Nowadays a gallery wall can be very popular especially when mixed with a bold paint color. If you do want a painted wall feature then you should choose light, calming colors like blues or pastels. Otherwise, bold, dark colors like black or dark red and green will create a striking new look. The color you choose for the wall can also help make the room look bigger so you can just this strategically.
Update the lighting:
Lighting can go a long way when it comes to your home. This two-in-one renovation is perfect for changing the look of a room in a cost-effective way. If the living room’s layout and design isn’t an issue, then you might want to focus on the lighting and fixtures instead. Better lighting, in any room, can help brighten it and highlight features with accent lights. With features such as a fireplace, brick wall, or even wall shelving, install spotlights to shine on them. That will naturally draw the eye and add a focal feature. Use general ceiling lights such as recessed to help brighten the room overall and chase away any shadows. As for fixtures, go for bold, statement styles. Living rooms with tall ceilings will pair perfectly with stunning chandeliers for a touch of traditional and luxury.
Change up the floors:
Floors are just as important to factor into the overall design. They can also boost the value of the space or home. Thankfully living rooms aren’t limited to a specific flooring type like bathrooms or kitchens are because of moisture risks. For a timeless and value-boosting option, you can’t go wrong with hardwood. The different species of wood alone can be used to really customize the appearance. At the same time, laying down runners or rugs can also add some interior design appeal. Natural stone is another stunning option that brings a blend of traditional grandeur to a modern home. Another strategic play is to have the floor laid down in a way that can make the room look bigger. Using the lines of the flooring to add dimension can also help.