Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Cost of a Brand New Living Room

Want to start over and replace everything in your living room ? Most of us dream of doing that, especially if we've been living with the same old furniture and tchotchkes for 20 years+.
So what would it cost for a brand new living room ? What is your budget? 

In this series, I delve into the costs of redesigning, redecorating and renovating typical rooms found in design magazines.

I've realized over time that when we see images of beautiful spaces in magazines, we have no idea of the money and time that has gone into that space. 

Here is an example living room photo from Elle Decor interior design magazine and the estimated 2017 cost of all the items [mid-range price points] in Canadian dollars :

A : hardwood flooring refinishing $500 - 750
B : sectional sofa $3,000 - 6,000
C : rug $1,000 - $5,000
D : credenza $800 - 3,500
E : television + bracket  $1,000 - 2,000
F : coffee table $800 - 2,500
G : floor lamp $750 - 1,800
H : nesting tables $750 - 1,500
I : blinds [x 3 ] $1,500 -2,900
J : fine art  [36"x48"]  $1,000 - 6,000
K : pillows [x 3 ] $150 - 375
L : throw $80 - 500
M : painted focal wall [including labor] $200 - 400
N : decor [x 3 ] $75 - 1,200

Total : $11,605 - 34,425  + 15% turnkey design service

All of the items sure add up! Even at mid-range price points there is a large price range.  Most people are comfortable somewhere in this range for the "fit and finish" such as that shown here. Think about what is important to you and what would bring you the most joy, then prioritize accordingly. 

Up next, the cost of a brand new bathroom.



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