How To Get a High-End Living Room Look on a Real Life Budget
August 26, 2017
It’s no challenge to have a high-end living room if your budget matches, but what do you do if your budget is a little short of the Art Shoppe?
It just takes a little creativity as this terrific piece from apartmenttherapy.com shows. Even if you don’t do all eight things they’re recommending, taking on half of them will spruce up your living room. Just a coat of paint and better lighting can be a major improvement.
The challenge isn’t always in figuring out what do to, but how to do it. Unless you love shopping and have a sense of which pieces will look good together, you may want to consider is using the services of an interior designer. Not only do they have knowledge of where to find great pieces at a wide range of prices, they also receive discounts from suppliers. So even though you’re paying for their services you may come out ahead.
One of my clients was redecorating his living room and thanks to his designer, he got a terrific sofa for 25% of the retail cost because his designer knew he was looking and when she saw it, got in touch with him immediately.
Interestingly enough, he was very particular about a desk and entertainment stand he wanted from EQ3 which had recently been discontinued. He waited until the exact pieces showed up on Craigslist for about a third of what they would have sold for new. The lesson here is if you are specific about what you’re looking for and are willing to wait, patience can pay off. And, a good designer won’t require you to use their services for every single thing you’re buying.
Of course, many of us want instant gratification. So if you want to start right away, you can take those tips from apartmenttherapy.com and put them to use in Toronto. BlogTO recently published a helpful guide to their picks for the best furniture stores in Toronto.
I have a few favourites of my own including Casalife, which has regular sales.
Good luck and happy shopping!