Thinking of re-decorating your Condo?
Any space can be gorgeous and well organized if the right tools and effective design techniques are used. Often the biggest complaint it seems people have is that there never is enough space. There is always more space than you think! Maybe you have been using furniture that is a bit to bulky or too large for the layout of your condo.... or maybe your colour scheme appears too dark and is a bit over whelming in the space? The key is to make a few small changes and focus on pieces that are both functional and stunning all in one!
For condos I am a big fan of sectional couches. If your condo has an open concept floor plan where the living room and kitchen are combined, a sectional couch can create division in the space. You can add a low, narrow table or shelving unit to the back of the couch for extra storage and a place to add decorative items too.
As far as colour is concerned in small spaces it is best to use paint that is neutral. If you are looking for a pop of colour, you can incorporate that throughout the space by adding accessories like pillows, candles, vases, throw blankets, drapes etc. Or if you want to have an accent wall, focus on painting one wall a shade or two darker than the remainder of the space or use a modern wallpaper. Painting with neutral colours allows you to add more accent colour into the actual space itself without the space appearing junky or cluttered. More often than not it is found when showing someone a condo they are more receptive and react positively to a space with neutral walls. Accent colour is positively noticed throughout the space by means of furniture, pictures, accessories etc. Often when walking into a condo with dark or dramatic coloured walls it can be overwhelming and takes away from the actual space itself. This can be a huge deterrent for potential buyers when listing your home!
- Measure out the furniture you want to buy. See if even lines can be created throughout the space so nothing sticks out to much, and that space is used effectively
- When dealing with an open floor plan find ways to divide the space. This will make your condo appear more functional as opposed to one space with multiple rooms overlapping one another
- Organization- when purchasing furniture always make sure that there is ample storage space within the unit itself so that you can store away things you do not want to be seen or clustered amongst other things
- Decorating- As we said in our ‘Beautify your Basement’ blog.... pick a theme or a general colour tone. For small condos lighting can often be a problem-focus on using neutral paint on the walls and using colour pop accessories throughout the space. This will attract attention to the space itself as opposed to over whelming your guests
- Purchase items that could have a multiple use or make use of what you have. Have an old plate stand lying around? Why not put it in your bathroom and make it a stand for your bathroom products.... Clear up counter space and ad a unique decorative touch
By taking simple measures to create continuity throughout the space you can easily make it appear more organized and functional. Reuse items that you may have lying around ie: unique plates, decorative boxes, hooks and shelving... as organizational tools!
Hope everyone is enjoying their week!
The Fresh Approach Team,
Allana Thompson, Christy D'Oliveira, Kyrsten Feere