As the literal center of a home, it’s important that a living room be everything that it can be. Still, whether through lack of budget, neglect or other reasons, many homes’ living rooms find themselves in a sorry state.
If you’ve been feeling a little bit down about your living room and know that it’s time for something new, then maybe you just need the spark of inspiration. That’s why we’ve collected the 14 pictures that follow. In them, you’ll see seven living rooms before and after renovations.
From living rooms that get big mileage out of small changes to those that were completely reimagined, it’s all here. At the end of these 14 pictures, we think you’ll see what possibilities await when it comes to living room renovations. In the end, that might just be the small spark you need to embark on a living room makeover project of your own!
1. BEFORE: The Darkness Surrounds Us
This Mid-Century living room certainly has potential, and whatever remodel takes place must attempt to create light and a sense of openness.
2. AFTER: Let There Be Light!
This remodel brightens up the space thanks to a light color scheme and a completely new flooring system.
3. BEFORE: An Odd Space
There’s no denying that the shape of this living room, with its angled entranceway, is quite odd. Odd spaces require unique design touches!
4. AFTER: Odd Choices Make Right
Rather than trying to hide the living room’s odd shape, the use of wall art in the entranceway turns the oddness into an asset.
5. BEFORE: Blue Carpet? What?
Any homeowner would love to have this much open space for a living room… But, any homeowner would also turn his or her nose up at that awful blue carpeting!
6. AFTER: Hardwoods to the Rescue
The hardwood floors come into the rescue with this renovation. Also, the use of a white color scheme helps to make the space feel much more bright and open.
7. BEFORE: Tile in the Living Room? What?
If you hated that blue carpet in the previous example, then you’re definitely going to hate the white tile for this living room space.
8. AFTER: Hardwoods and More
The hardwood floors obviously solve the problem of that ugly tile. But the choice to expand the opening between the living room and the kitchen is the real smart touch here.
9. BEFORE: More Room Needed
While having a fireplace in your living room is almost always nice, there’s no denying that this one looks dated and is closing the space in.
10. AFTER: Expanding Outward
One might be loath to sacrifice a feature like a fireplace, but by getting rid of it in this example, a tremendous amount of open space is created. In our opinion, the trade off is worth it!
11. BEFORE: But In Some Cases…
Of course, in most cases you’ll want to do whatever possible to keep a fireplace. This one has almost the right look, but it needs some updating.
12. AFTER: Remodeled and Remade
By applying a new coat of paint to the frame around the fireplace and replacing those tired sconces above it, this living room gets a whole new lease on life (and its fireplace).
13. BEFORE: Feeling Bricked In
Brick is all well and good, but when you have a small living room like this, it can make you feel like you’re quite literally “bricked in”.
14. AFTER: White Paint Fixes the Problem
By applying a luxurious coat of white paint to that open brick façade around the fireplace, this living room space instantly feels more open and airy.