by Sue Bond
(Columbus, Ohio, USA)
The living room is like the lobby of the hotel. This is the place where visitors are greeted and family members met. If the house is quite old, you can try to make some improvements without spending too much to make the room look better.
The easiest will be the lighting. You can start by walking around theliving room. Should there be blind spots, you can try to remove certain objects or change the color of the bulbs.
Sometimes this isn’t enough so you may have to add some lighting fixtures such as a chandelier or a few more lamps at certain areas of the living room. When this has been done, you will have a clear view of other things that need improvement.
You can also change the color of the walls. This can be done by buying some paint that will work well with the lights to make the room look bright during any time of the day.
If there are paintings on the wall, you can make them look lively by putting in a small shelf underneath. This can hold some small picture frames or candles that can make the room look cozy.
People who live in colder climates can settle for a centralized heater system or try improving the home with a fireplace. There was a time when you had to make a big hole then slab concrete to get it up and running.
These days, hardware stores have pre-assembled models to choose from which saves a lot of money compared to hiring a contractor to do the job.
Flooring is another thing that may need some improvement. You can replace this with the same kind of material or totally strip this for something new. An example is wood. This may come in various sizes but due to termites and aging, cracks will soon appear.
You can still have a wood finish by trying laminated flooring. This looks like wood but it isn’t. These are flat and can easily be installed using some glue placed on the backside then simply sticking this to the floor. Plugs must be inserted to act as a divider between the living room and other parts of the house.
Just know that home improvement projects will cost money. You should make an estimate, buy the proper materials and prepare the proper tools so that once the project starts, this can easily be done in a few days.