5 Tips for Decorating Your New Condo
By Julie Deslauriers
The big moment is finally here: you will soon be moving into your new condo! Wondering how to make it look chic and harmonious while making the best use of the space? Here are five tips from a professional.
1 – Tones of the same colour pull everything together
A condo is a whole and it’s helpful to think of it as such. Rather than giving each room a distinct personality, select decorative elements in the same pallet of colours for the entire unit, from living room to bedroom (sofa fabrics, carpets, curtains, cushions, bedding, etc.). This will give the impression that each room extends into the next, making your condo look more spacious. Not sure what colours to choose? Shades of white, beige and beige-gray are elegant and timeless.
2 – Delineated areas
Open-concept living spaces are the current trend, with the kitchen, living room and dining room forming one large space. It’s important to decorate these spaces harmoniously, but also clearly delineate the different areas. How? For one, a suspended light fixture above the table will define the dining area. There are many models to choose from, but be sure to make it a focal point.
In the living room, a carpet will create a natural border with the adjacent space. Make sure it’s the right size—larger than the sofa—and opt for a tone-on-tone design. These are more dynamic and are better at hiding stains.
3 – Flow and lightness
Since space is at a premium in a condo, aim for the best flow possible and use tricks to lighten the decor. For example, a round dining room table will be easier to access while optimizing flow in the open-concept space. A glass coffee table in the living room will look less massive than one with an opaque finish and will lighten the room. Most importantly, opt for furniture suited to the size of the rooms.
Planning to keep your china cabinet? Consider removing the hutch to make it visually lighter. Placing an easy chair next to a loveseat may be preferable to a long, three-seater couch in the living room. It’s all about proportion… and moderation!
4 – A mirror to create space
Here is a sure-fire way to make your space look bigger: install a mirror. The bigger the mirror, the greater the effect. Its reflective surface gives an illusion of depth that makes you focus on a point further away, a little like a window, which makes the space feel bigger. Bonus: a mirror will also make the space brighter! You can install mirrors in a number of places: above the bed or sofa, on the dining room wall, even in the entrance hall. At what height? The upper third of the mirror should align with your eyes.
There are endless shapes and styles to choose from and, even better, mirrors will match any wall decor. You can’t go wrong!
5 – The final touch
This is what will give your condo personality and make the decor look complete. It’s the small details: the cushions and throw on the bed, the centrepiece on the dining room table (a bowl of fruit, candles in striking holders, a lovely salt and pepper shaker on a tray), a nice dishcloth in the kitchen, a stone chess set on the coffee table, works of art here and there…
And finally, plants, large and small, to add life to your home. You can easily change any of these elements with the seasons or when the mood strikes.
By Julie Deslauriers, stylist and designer