A place to relax, a place to have fun, a perfect entertaining area, or an ideal retreat at the end of a long day – living rooms play so many roles in our lives its no wonder they’re one of the most popular rooms in the home. For all these reasons, you may want to give your living room a little extra thought when it comes time to build your new home .Not sure where to start? No problem!
Here are just a few of many considerations that can take your living room from acceptable to awe-inspiring.
The very first thing you’ll want to think about is how you plan to use our living room. Will it be used daily? How many people should it accommodate? How do you plan to decorate it? Asking these questions ahead of time will help you decide on the best square footage and features for you. Keep this in mind as you read on.
Ceiling height can make a huge difference in your living room. Why not capitalize on this and use height to create an open, airy space? Nine-foot ceilings are becoming increasingly popular these days; Broadview Homes even offers them throughout the main floor as a standard option, so no upgrades needed!
Consider high ceilings as a way of increasing your home’s value while enjoying your room. Alternatively, trayed or coffered ceilings can also add a truly custom look to your space.
Walls as a true blank canvas – just waiting for you to customize them and personalize your home. Of course, a good custom builder will help you incorporate just the right colour or trim, perhaps even wainscotting or an eye-catching feature wall in your living room. Added features like built-in shelving or custom cabinetry for added storage solutions can go a long way to making your space as functional as it is fashionable.
Your living room lighting is key to setting the tone for the rest of the space. For example, if you prefer more traditional décor, soft light emitted through an eye-catching chandelier and/ or wall sconce may be ideal.
Those who gravitate towards modern designs might like the look of few bright and well-placed pendant or pot lights. You can really get creative by incorporating lighting into your living room ceiling, shelving, or floor.
Knowing how your living room will be used is key when choosing your flooring as it plays a major role in determining which material will best suit your needs. For instance, plush carpet adds a cozy feel and is great for young children. If you have pets, or expect the room to see a lot of traffic, you may prefer something less prone to wear and tear such as vinyl plank or maple flooring.
You may also want to consider a classic hardwood floor – it’s durable and comes in a variety of species and colours easily customizable to your tastes.
Homes are high-tech these days, or at least they can be! Including a modern fireplace can add interest to your living room, not to mention warmth. Today’s fireplaces are sleek, easy to use, and sure to make any space more inviting on a chilly day. Whether a centerpiece on a feature wall, or a two-way fireplace connecting your living room to a dining room, fireplaces always add to a home.
Other high-tech features to make your living room accessible and usable include outlets with USB ports; charging stations for laptops, tablets, and phones; even ceiling-mounted projector screens for movie nights.
For those who prefer natural light over fixtures, you’ll want to talk to your builder about your custom window options. You could include a large picture window (or several), perfectly placed to capitalize on daylight. Better yet, consider a whole wall of windows! Your builder will be sure to include energy-saving options to help you reduce your utility bills so be sure to ask about this.
In short, there’s no end of possibilities when it comes to creating the perfect living room for you and your family. From windows to walls, square footage to ceilings, a versatile builder will be able to help you visualize and create the living room of your dreams!