They call it a living room, because, let’s face it, this is where you do most of your living when you’re at home. It’s not only where you relax and spend time with your family, but where you entertain guests as well. This room plays an important role in your home and you want it to strike the right balance between a comfortable place to unwind and a stylish attractive space.
While redoing your living room can be extremely expensive, it doesn’t have to be. You don’t have to completely redo the entire room from top to bottom to give it a whole new look and feel. Buying used furniture is a great way to save money and Tradyo’s geography-based social marketplace makes it easier than ever to find great deals right in your neighbourhood.
Here are some ideas to help you easily update and refresh your living room without putting you in the poorhouse. Adding a key piece or a few accessories can drastically change the look and functionality of the room.
The sofa is usually the focal point of the living room and the largest piece of furniture which means it’s probably the most expensive item to replace. Changing the upholstery will cost you a fraction of the price of getting a new sofa and Quality Custom Cushions & Upholstery in Niagara can give you a free estimate. A different material and colour will make your outdated sofa look just like brand new. Adding a throw or blanket in a different colour and texture will instantly spruce up your seating and is even less costly. Throw cushions are a great accessory, adding comfort and a dash of colour or a different pattern to the mix.
Adding an accent chair, not only means extra seating, it can bring a new level of modern sophistication or practical comfort depending on the design you choose. Selecting a chair that contrasts the colour and style of your sofa is an easy way to liven up the room.
Tables are another essential living room piece, offering both a functional and an esthetic element. Coffee tables need to be pretty durable since they normally get lots of use. Wicker Emporium in Niagara carries a great selection of sturdy, reclaimed wood coffee tables and side tables.
Strategically placed rugs tie a room together, instantly changing the space, while covering dull, drab, or stained flooring. They warm a cold floor, make the room cozier, and come in a wide range of materials and colours.
Tradyo’s Home and Furniture listings can be accessed using their mobile app that lets you chat directly with the person you’re doing the transaction with in real time so when someone posts that sectional sofa or floor lamp that’s exactly what you’ve been looking for you won’t miss out on buying it for a fraction of what it would cost to buy new.
As life continues to get more digitized, big screen TVs, game systems, computers, and stereo systems are often incorporated into the living room décor. Today’s TVs are easily wall-mounted decreasing the need for expensive entertainment centres. Although they’re an option to keep the family’s electronics in one organized and uncluttered space, budget-friendly shelving and storage units will do pretty much the same thing.
Computerized and digitized systems evolve at an ever-increasing rate, with some new must-have gadget coming out all the time. New electronics—like cars—are poor investments. Buying used means someone else has paid the depreciation. Check Tradyo’s Electronics listings for great deals.
Creating your own artwork with photographs and collages is a unique and cheap way to personalize your space. Mirrors are great for making a small room appear larger and come in a wide variety of sizes and frame styles. Antiques add a touch of class. Each piece has its own history and garage sales are notorious for being a hot spot for savvy shoppers to spot a distinctive piece. Tradyo lists garage sales with start and end times, a brief description of what’s for sale, and the address with a map so it’s easy to find.
By Jane Pinzhoffer
Categories: Buyer Tips