Living Room Design Ideas for a Home Addition
Simple Enhancement Tips for Your Living Room
By: Mark J. Donovan
Besides the kitchen a living room or
family room is the most frequently utilized room in the home. Consequently,
deciding to build a living room addition is an excellent investment both from a
utilization perspective and a financial one. When coming up with your living
room design there are a number of excellent living room ideas that you should
When it comes to living rooms, bigger
is usually better. As you develop your living room design, make sure to size it
large enough for all of your family’s needs.
Consider the amount of furniture
you plan to have in it as well as the expected foot paths. Ideally you will
want a living room design such that there is also some open
A vaulted ceiling is another
great living room idea for creating the feeling of a large room. The use of
skylights also helps to create that large, open air feeling while also
providing natural light.
An alternative to vaulted
ceilings is to have high flat ceilings. The inclusion of a tray ceiling in
your living room design is also a neat way to create some texture and
grandness to the room.
When integrating the living room
your existing home, the use of half-walls and or open window spaces between the
main part of the home and the living room is also a neat idea. This again makes
the living room or family room a more open space, and allows for a better
connection between it and the kitchen area, for example.
Accent Living Room
For finishing touches with your
living room plans you may want to consider the use of columns and archways.
These types of features can add a
sense of elegance to the living room as well as utility in terms of creating
more of an open and spacious living room.
The use of French doors is another
great living room idea for accent purposes and partitioning off the living room
from the rest of the home. French doors can provide sound privacy while also
allowing natural light to flow between the living room and the rest of the home.
French doors are also a great alternative to glass sliders if the living room is
expected to provide ingress and egress to the home.
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With home theater and stereo system
technology ubiquitous in all homes today, it is important to consider the
location of this equipment when developing your living room design. Make sure
you identify all the outlet connections needed and the location of them in your
plans. Also consider where the flat panel TV will reside. Do you plan on
mounting it on a wall or have it sit on a pedestal. In either case, make sure
you have the appropriate wall space to locate it.
You may want to, for example, allow
sufficient blank wall space in your living room design to allow for a built-in
cabinet to be installed. Having built-in cabinets is a great living room idea as
it can bring both functionality and charm to the living room.
It is important to have sufficient
lighting in a living room or family room. You may want to consider the use of
wall sconces and track lighting. If you anticipate hanging a painting in the
room, you may also want to consider ceiling spot lighting.
Photo by Mark Donovan
Due to home theater technology
frequenting the modern living room today, you may also want to consider the use
of dimmer switches to control the lights. Also, in regards to home theater
systems, you may want to make sure there are in-ceiling and in-wall speaker
hook-up for the home theater speakers.
With these simple living room ideas
you can maximize the beauty and functionality of your future living room
addition. In addition, these small features can make the most of your investment
in your room addition plans. Relatively small feature enhancements such as the
use of French doors and vaulted ceilings can really improve that wow-factor to
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