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Out with the old and in with the new: a guide to updating an old-fashioned living room

Have you ever come home, entered the living room, and thought “I need to spruce things up in here”? Do you feel like your living room doesn’t represent you anymore? Here are 10 living room remodel ideas from Casa Utopia to help modernize your space

Furnished living room in newly constructed home.

An open-space approach

If you want to go all in and start from scratch, it is best to consider an open-plan layout. It allows you to efficiently use the negative space by balancing the interior, implementing the same color palettes, and matching your living room to your dining room to make the space feel bigger.

Let the light in!

Modern living rooms are all about basking in natural light and enjoying the fresh air. Installing more windows adds a touch of sophistication, increases natural light, and makes the room brighter, not to mention that it’s the perfect excuse to upgrade your window treatments. Furthermore, pairing your windows with the right blinds allows you to control how much light gets into the room and limits electricity usage during the day.

Go neutral

When updating a living room, it is best to opt for neutral color palettes such as white or beige when the space is small. The light reflected in these shades will make your room seem bigger. If you’re worried about your living-room looking vapid, you can always add a special touch through art pieces, rugs, and maybe even an accent wall with a different color, patterns, or material to make the space pop. Just remember to keep everything balanced. 

Put in natural materials

An updated living room incorporates natural materials such as stone, bamboo, and wood into its furniture, walls, or floors, adding a modern twist to traditional rustic living room ideas. Casa Utopia’s natural materials are sustainable, long-lasting, and meticulously crafted to give your house a sense of warmth and hospitality. 

Replace the coffee table

Coffee tables are the cornerstone of every living room. Their daily use makes them prone to getting worn out easily with stains, dents, and scuff marks. Buying a new coffee table can breathe life into the space, especially if you top it with eye-catching keepsakes and statement pieces that match your living room.

Restock your artwork

A quick fix to a living room remodel lies literally within its walls. You can switch old family photos with new ones, add a multi-panel canvas that matches the colors and tones of the furniture, or buy any abstract design that reflects your personality. Make a statement with an accent chair! Integrating an accent chair is one of the best modern living room ideas. It creates a focal point that matches your décor, adds color or contrast to your space, and is cheaper than buying new sofas. When purchasing an accent chair, get something practical that you can easily move around the house. A piece that stands the test of time, no matter how many stylistic changes your living room goes through.  

Add some greenery to the scenery!

Incorporating colorful and lavish yet low-maintenance houseplants into your space is another way to remodel your living room and give it fresh energy. You can create your own little indoor garden aesthetic by getting an assortment of air plants and succulents to display in pots of different shapes and sizes.

Sweep it under the rug

A refreshing living room remodel can be achieved by simply adding a stylish area rug with original patterns, animal prints, or a minimalistic design. One of the most inventive living room layout ideas might be placing a smaller rug onto a larger one. By doing so, you play with the dimensions, textures, and colors of the rugs and turn the floor into a personal canvas. 

Reduce the clutter

Decluttering your living room sparks joy and keeps you zen. Apartment living room ideas such as buying furniture with built-in storage are a smart way to obtain extra storage space to put away things that you don’t use regularly. Installing a TV unit with drawers or getting a couch with built-in storage will help keep your place neat. You can also build shelves on the wall to display items or books in a color-coordinated manner that gives the room a more balanced look.

Living rooms should be a reflection of one’s self, a safe place for people to gather and make memories. Whether you want to redesign your entire living room or make small changes, Casa Utopia offers you a bespoke construction and remodeling experience that satisfies all your needs.

Get in touch with us and build your dream home today!

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Gosia who was born and raised in Poland and started her career in construction seven years ago after her arrival to the US where she became a property manager in a highly sought-after area of San Francisco.

Through her years of property management, she has amassed a deep knowledge of construction processes, standards, principles, property management and resident services.

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Idan’s strength is in creating affordable and quality-oriented budgets and risk-free plans that minimizes delays, change orders and cost overruns.

Through his commitment to excellence and dedication to professionalism, Idan has continued to exceed industry standards by forming strong professional partnerships based on integrity, ingenuity, and reliability.

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Elior Shushan began his journey in 2011, working as an independent general contractor for a plethora of projects with various sizes and budgets, providing them with assistance in making the job run as seamlessly as possible. His on-field knowledge and expertise allowed him to garner a hand-picked team, surrounding himself with grade-A talent.

With a specialty in the custom home and remodeling industry, Elior expanded his knowledge and experience by integrating architectural designs and layouts into his work. His experience working with various clients and expectations as an independent contractor allowed him to scale up his projects into more complex and intricate ventures.

Since Casa Utopia’s founding in 2020, Elior has worked tirelessly to expand on the company’s vision, hoping to deliver his expert services statewide.

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