Take your condo to the next level with stylish details and clever planning.

Purchasing a condo is an exciting time – and many new homeowners say that one of the most exciting parts is choosing and creating their home’s décor. Here are some tricks and tips that will help you create a condo that you can’t wait to come home to.

BUILD AROUND A MARQUEE ITEM

One of the first steps to creating a condo that feels balanced is selecting two or three pieces of furniture that act as the visual anchors of your living space. It could be a unique sofa sectional, a statement art piece or even a substantial dining table – think of items that make a strong impression. Once you find a couple of larger-scale pieces that you love, it’ll be easy to create a theme and select smaller items that complement these foundation pieces.

FUNCTION IS YOUR FRIEND

A challenge that some condo owners face (especially those who are downsizing from larger homes) is how to maximize their space and “fit in” everything they need. In order to do this, select items that have a dual purpose – for example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit or a side table that expands into a dining bench. Another trick is to take advantage of vertical space – not only will selecting an over height bookshelf or sideboard increase storage capacity, it will make a room appear bigger.

PAIR MONOCHROMATIC TONES WITH POPS OF COLOUR

Rooms that have a consistent tone often feeling more spacious and relaxing than ones will a jumble of colours and patterns – however, that doesn’t mean things need to be boring. Select core items like sofas, heavy furniture and rugs in versatile muted shades and then add some personality into the mix with colourful pillows, lamp shades, art work and throws. The best part of this decorating strategy? You can change things up easily – just decide on a new theme, purchase a few small items and voila! It’ll feel like you have a whole new room.

TAKE SOME TIME TO REFLECT

A long-time trick of interior designers is to enhance natural light, mimic views and increase visual space by using mirrors. For example, if there is a garden vista you love looking at through a window, place a mirror parallel to the window frame and you’ll see the view from both directions. This trick is also very effective for brightening up corners and making rooms magically appear larger.