Are you tired of looking at the same old family room? Not exciting or glamorous as it once was? Maybe it’s time to renovate that old space into something you and your family would enjoy.
There are several different ways you can go about doing this. It doesn’t have to be a major project or cost a lot of money, it can be a simple renovation or facelift.
Here are 5 things you can do to bring your family living room to life!
Change The Flooring
Change Your Ceiling Fans and Lights
Rearrange your furniture
Update your windows
Repaint your walls
Consider New Flooring
Your family room may look dull because your floors are worn out or scratched. Marble or tiles can become scratched and scuffed, or the grout lines become darkened over time.
Changing the flooring can not only have a big impact on the appearance of your family room, but it definitely increases the value of your home. If you want more lighting or natural lighting into the room, change your flooring to lighter floors. You could also use smaller pieces of tile to illuminate the space.
You should also experiment with different layouts. Don’t be afraid to use different styles and get creative. You can transition flooring between rooms to add some flare.
Change Your Lights and Ceiling Fans
Old fans and lighting fixtures may be making your family room bland. Chromed parts can crack and tarnish after a while, and canvas lampshades can start to yellow over time. Moreover, a ceiling fan can make your family room look very dull if the fan wobbles or makes squeaky noises.
You don’t have to buy a simple ceiling fan, there are different styles and functions of fans you can choose from:
Energy star ceiling fans
Dual motor ceiling fans
Remote controlled ceiling fans
Damp and wet ceiling fans.
Replace your lights and ceiling fans to an updated style of your choice. Switch to LED bulbs, these cost 50% less than CFL lights. Play around with the lighting, add ambient, accent, and task lights.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Changing your furniture could potentially open up new spaces and improve traffic flow for your family and guests. It may also free up outlets that you didn’t know were there.
For example, you could change your furniture into a formal and balanced type of look. This includes two small sofas facing each other and a coffee table in between them.
You could also go with a casual and balanced look, by placing the matching chairs opposite from each other and the larger sofa in between them.
If you have a big family or a lot of guests, a versatile seating for your family room would be best. You could also go for a minimal and comfortable look or a retro party pad look.
Update Your Windows
Worn out or warped windows can make your family room look aged. If you want more daylight coming into the room, increase the size of your windows.
Go all out, update the window frames and curtains to dramatically improve the look of your family room. If you want the family room to feel taller, get curtains that are tall enough to cover the top and bottom of the windows. Also, add extra fabric width so that the pleats are evenly distributed when the curtains are closed.
If you are looking for a different style, consider a casement window. This allows for adequate ventilation and a central view of your yard.
Repaint Your Walls
Changing the color of your walls could really bring your family room back to life and even heighten your mood. Pick a color that best suits your family.
Play around with patterns, who says it has to be a simple coat of paint? Sponging, rag rolling, and dragging could really add special effects to your family room.
You could also go with waves, they are eye-catching and let you use more than two contrasting colors. Instead of using two colors, add three using a stripe design to your family room.
You can also go for abstract designs that induce a mood or create a design of something you love. Ombre designs offer a lot of flexibility, it can eliminate the boundaries between the ceiling and the walls, and eliminate straight angles.
There are many other ways you can update your family room. These examples are just easy ways to get you started. You’ll be on your way to a new and improved family room that you and your family will be sure to enjoy. Happy renovating!
Author Bio: Isaias Valencia is a blogger who loves to write about DIY home renovation and home organization. He believes recycling and upcycling should be considered wherever possible in any home remodeling project. Stay up to date on his latest projects at Smart Remodeling.