Living rooms traditionally were kept tight and compact to conserve energy. But with the open floor plan movement coupled with today’s need for more space, home buyers expect living rooms that are larger than ever.
If you have a room adjoining the living room that you don’t mind sacrificing, you can remove an interior non-load-bearing wall and take over that space.
While a messy job, it’s not all that complicated and it can be done by a motivated homeowner. Just make absolutely sure that the wall is not load-bearing.
One alternative to an open plan is a broken plan home, which provides small niches of privacy while still maintaining an overall sense of openness.
Do you want a home remodel project that does double duty? If your living room is at the front of your house, installing a new entry door or freshening up your current door accomplishes two things for the price of one. Not only does it charge up your home’s exterior curb appeal, but it also adds new sparkle to your front living room. According to Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, a new entry door has a higher ROI than nearly every other home project, bringing back over 91 percent of its cost upon sale.
Living rooms are for living, and nothing stimulates that feeling like natural light streaming through your windows. If you’re like other homeowners, your living room windows just might be tired, drafty, and sorely lacking in light transmittal. Give your window spaces a second life by replacing them with new windows. Remodeling’s Cost vs. Value Report notes that new windows recoup a healthy 70 to 75 percent of their original cost.
In no other room of the house is color so important as in the living room. Whether it’s used for hanging out, watching movies, reading, or sipping wine, the living room always gets plenty of face time. With so much attention focused on this area, the color scheme must be spot-on perfect.
Interior painting is usually one of those no-brainer ROI projects. Because the cost of tools and materials is so incredibly low, you’re sure to realize great returns in buyer appeal.
Choose a living room color palette that appeals to a majority of buyers. White, gray, beige, and other neutrals lead the pack in terms of colors that tend to be mutually liked. Brown, gold, and earthy orange push the living room’s color register to bolder reaches, capturing the attention of would-be buyers. Deep blue living rooms communicate a sense of rich tradition, while lighter blues evoke the breezy, carefree feeling of a day at the seaside.
Whether or not you have bumped out a wall to make more living room space, you’ll still want to create the illusion of greater space on the cheap with simple techniques:
• Ceiling: Make sure that the ceiling is white, in order to avoid a claustrophobic feeling.
• Area Rug: Don’t make the mistake of having an area rug that is too small. Aim for between 10 to 20 inches of bare floor space between the edges of the rug and the walls.
• Shelves: Mount shelves high, near the ceiling, to pull the eye upward.
• Storage: Build or purchase storage units that hug close to the wall. Getting clutter out of sight vastly improves the look of any room and instantly makes it feel larger.
• Statement Piece: A large, colorful, or otherwise showy statement piece like a chandelier captures the eye and makes the room feel larger.