Your first step to designing the space should be to determine what it will be used for. If this is a formal room, your emphasis may be more on style, such as the inclusion of a bay window, skylights, or a fireplace. When designing for function, you may want to include shelving or a desk area. For entertainment, you may add a space for a conversation area and lots of light.
Before starting your living room remodel, the first thing that you need to assess are the aspects that you don’t like in the space. This may either be limited space, a problematic layout, a drab color scheme, outdated furniture and decor. Your living room may also have a dark ambiance, a gloomy atmosphere or may feel too closed in. It may lack in character or maybe, you just want to give it an update to make it more modern.  Once you get an idea of the things that you want to change in your existing living room, you may now determine the level of remodeling that you need for your home.

A popular option for those whose dining rooms flow naturally from the kitchen is to blow out the dining room to expand their kitchen’s footprint. Given the fact that the kitchen is increasingly becoming the hub of activity, it makes sense to remodel this space to accommodate today’s changing lifestyles. Whether it’s adding an island or room for extra seating to creating an eat-in kitchen perfect for family gathering or building a gourmet kitchen complete with dual ovens, more counter space, and the cabinets you’ve always dreamed of, sacrificing your dining room to get a more functional kitchen is one sacrifice you’ll be glad you made.

To help you decide whether or not you should run out and buy the latest trending color, we have created a living room to show you how the different colors chosen by some of the biggest design brands can transform your space. Each of the images featured in our blog have the same layout and the same furniture. However, we have slightly varied some of the minor design details (such as curtains, cushions, etc.), all in the hopes of helping you see how to incorporate the 2020 colors into your living space.
Any project involving electrical, plumbing, or turning the basement into a livable space, requires permits. Plumbing must be done to code for proper drainage to avoid health issues. It also has to ensure flushing certain waste back into the sewer. Electrical issues can cause short-circuits, blown breakers, and fires. The chance of something happening increases if installation is not done properly from the start, including acquiring the proper permits. If creating a bedroom or other regular living space, permits are required. Emergency escape avenues (for fire and other emergencies) need to be in place as well.
With Far Eastern elements and artistic ideas of rustic country designs comes an eclectic and emerging “junkyard” type of dining area. The true charm of this room, besides the hardy butcher-block type dining table, is the onyx pipe-metal lighting overhang, the two-door glass bureau buffet, and the ‘not-exactly-matching’ armless parsons and round back chairs, roughly unfinished but uniquely complete.
The difference really is, as they say, in the details, whether that's a new lipstick, a touch of truffle oil, or in this case, pillows and paint. This living room already had a lot going for it: a rough-hewn coffee table, a versatile sofa by Cisco Brothers, and a gorgeous ceramic garden stool. But apply one shopping trip's worth of accessories—all under $100—and this just-okay space turns remarkably elegant.

Installing all of the necessary plumbing and electrical work while walls and floors are unfinished will result in savings.Starting from scratch doesn't require demolition, which can save you around $2,000. Framing may be necessary to define rooms and spaces. System upgrades usually call for minor expansions to the HVAC and electrical systems, but not adding plumbing. The bulk of the cost, however, is in flooring and finishing. After wrapping things up with carpeting, drywall, and ceiling material, you can expect to pay anywhere from $6,500 to $15,500.
For some people, the living room is considered a formal space for entertaining and does not contain electronics or gaming systems. For others, it is the family gathering place and may include entertainment systems. When planning and laying out the room, include ample outlets and jacks for the systems you plan to use, and consider the arrangement of the furniture for their use.

For most of us, the living room is the most versatile area of the home. It is where we congregate and bond with family, converse and entertain friends, enjoy recreational activities like playing, listening or watching, or spend some quality alone time while reading a book, drinking a cup of coffee or even eating. Basically, living rooms transform themselves into anything we need them to be.
But the brilliant trick she employed to disguise the too-low ceiling was to paint the walls and ceiling the same color (Farrow & Ball, Elephant's Breath). Painting the ceiling white and the walls a different color would have created a horizontal line. The eye would use this line to establish the height of the ceiling. Instead, walls and ceiling blur together, making the ceiling look higher than it really is.
A finished basement is not always the same thing as a designed basement. Sometimes, the basement begins with the basics: walls, a ceiling, lights, and a floor. Gwen Hefner and husband Micah wanted to turn their tiny, airless basement space into a comfortable mancave. They had the basics to start with. The next step, Gwen says, would be a true test to her design skills.
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