Everyone knows that condo living is the latest craze for downtown homes. But with it comes some adjustment for those used to standalone units. You are usually trading getting a better location for less space, and that means that you need to find new and innovative ways to incorporate all of your favourite existing items with the latest in space saving pieces. And only when that's done can you really revel in that new condo.
The first step in moving to a smaller space is to accept that it's likely you can't take everything with you. If you're very attached to pieces that you know won't even fit into the elevator, instead of selling them to a stranger find a friend or relative that can put them to good use. That way even if they don't make it into the decor of your home, you still can see someone you love making good use of them. Or, if this is not possible, you could rent a storage unit to save them for when you upgrade to a bigger home.
Next, you want to make sure you're building your home design around the pieces that you're keeping. When buying a new home it's very likely that you're on a budget and you don't want to waste money on pieces that don't fit together. Whether it's an antique bed frame that you got for your wedding or a coffee table that's survived with you since university, make that the centerpiece for the room. This will help you make a uniform design and help you feel more at home more quickly.
To make your spaces appear larger than they are, eliminate as much of the clutter as possible. Even if everything looks like it has its perfect place in your unit, making the space look full makes it look small. Use storage items with closing doors or drawers to eliminate the number of items you can see at any given time. Less is more in small spaces for sure. Condos usually come with little storage space, so create more under beds and tables, with wall units and organize the closets that are provided.
Restricting your colour choices is also a way of making a space look larger than it is. If you're a person who loves colourful places, this does not mean that you have to paint your new home all beige and gray. Choose a couple of colours that are represented in all of your rooms. Maybe one room is green, the next has a green piece of furniture and the third has green trim. This will connect all of the spaces and make them seem more as one. Soft and light colours are also more opening than darker tones. Painters from companies like Student Works and Benjamin Moore have been helping home owners choose the right colours for their home for decades. You can always ask an experts opinion.
Buying a new condo is an exciting process and you don't want to get overwhelmed by the decorating process. Follow these easy steps and you'll soon be seeing that new condo unit as a comfortable place to call home.