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Their glass filled walls, open-concept layouts and sleek modern finishes make condos a hot commodity – not to mention their affordable price point and great investment potential.
But if your goal is to make your brand-new condo “home,” the “cookie-cutter” design can present some challenges. Here are three common condo quirks, and some creative solutions to infuse yourself and your personal sense of style into your new home.
We all love the bright and airy aesthetic of an open-concept interior. Without valuable space wasted on walls and halls, even a compact layout can look and live larger than its actual square footage. The challenge is creating intimacy in a vast, open space.
Bring warmth to your open interiors by creating multiple “vignettes” that invite you to get up-close and personal. Create a conversation area by pairing a couple of chairs and a side table and an area rug. Consider arranging a sitting area by the window, a reading nook tucked into a corner, or an “art space” with some of your favorite photographs or paintings featured on a gallery wall.
TIP: Take note of the various focal points within your open-concept space. The windows, a fireplace, an architectural feature, a fabulous piece of art. Let these guide where you place your vignettes.
Smaller Square Footage
Homes seem to be getting smaller and smaller these days. If your space is limited, look beyond size and focus instead on efficiency. A great way to personalize your “standard” condo unit is with a custom storage system. The beauty of custom is that it’s made to fit your space and your lifestyle. Not only will this add ease to your daily tasks, but your home will appear cleaner and believe it or not, bigger!
“Custom” anything can come at a steep price, so consider multi-purpose furnishings with integrated storage as a more cost-efficient, less-permanent way to boost your condo’s storage space.
The good news is with the rise in condo living, there are lots of furniture designers and manufacturers that think outside the box to bring multi-function to every piece of furniture. Beds with storage space underneath; hydraulic coffee tables that lift into a dining table; Murphy beds that, when folded away onto the wall, reveal a small desk or shelf underneath that (amazingly!) has all of your books and baubles in place, undisturbed and on display.
That Blank Feeling
The neutral finishes and wall color were a smart choice on paper, at least when it comes to the longevity of your interior finishes. But where’s the flair? Think of your new condo as a blank canvas awaiting your brushstrokes – and there’s no easier way to do that than with color.
Color can dramatically change the aesthetic and atmosphere of a cookie-cutter condo. In fact, color has been proven to have psychological effects on people, which is why it’s important to choose the right one. Before deciding on a color to splash on the walls, ask yourself how you will be using the space and how you want to feel in it.
TIP: If your condo has an open-concept floor plan, adjoining areas should all be painted in the same color family. This is why you’ll often see neutral choices dominating condo interiors. You can easily add pops of color and pattern to your space via window coverings, upholstery, sofa cushions, area rugs and wall art.