4 Living Room Renovation Ideas

by Joe N. Pollifrone 04/25/2022

There are many things to consider when planning a home renovation, from the smallest projects to complete overhauls. In particular, if you’re thinking about renovating your living room it might seem like the possibilities are endless. Depending on whether your priority is adding more space or changing up the style, here are some ideas to get you started.

Open Up the Floor Plan

Open floor plans have been extremely popular since the mid-20th century, but if your home is a different style you may feel like your living room is more cramped than cozy. While it’s an extensive project involving many steps and demolition of interior walls, you can renovate your space to expand the living room. As long as the walls are not load-bearing you can remove them and connect two or more rooms together. Changing up the interior floor plan this way can have major benefits, but consult with a contractor any time your plans involve demolition to make sure you don’t make costly or dangerous mistakes.

Add New Windows

Adding more natural light to a space will make it feel larger and more welcoming. An excellent way to renovate your living room is to replace the existing windows to increase energy efficiency and light transference. For a larger and more complicated change, you can add more windows or combine several windows by removing the spaces between them. A contractor can tell you the best way to go about your plans in order to be safe and efficient, but letting in some more light will make the room feel brand new.

Refurbish Your Front Door

Front doors aren’t only important for your home’s curb appeal. If your front door opens directly into your living room, its presentation is just as important for your interior space. Try painting your door a brand new color and replacing the interior hardware with something more aesthetically pleasing. Remember that your door doesn’t have to have the same color scheme on both sides: if you paint carefully, you can enter and exit your home through two totally different colors. Opting for a brand new door featuring windows or other design elements is also an instant style upgrade for the living room and the outside.

Try a New Color Scheme

Switching up the color palette of your living room is another way to transform the entire space. The best part is that you don’t have to repaint the walls or buy new furniture to achieve it. If you’d rather stay low-maintenance in your renovating, explore your new color scheme through new textiles like rugs, throw blankets and window treatments. Taking some paint or stain to existing furniture can change the aesthetic to match or compliment your new palette. Accessorize with wall art, throw pillows and other decorative elements to carry the color choices through the room and make it feel brand new.

These are just a few ways to go about renovating your living room. There is a wide range of projects you can consider depending on your budget, timeframe and desired effort. Whether you want to tear down entire walls or change up your furniture upholstery, these tips will be the best place to start.

About the Author

Joe N. Pollifrone

For over 30 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and lead a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.