Just because you live in a small, or in some cases tiny, condo doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement with your decor.
Personally, as a designer, I love the challenge of working in a small condo. Yes it can be a bit difficult to create the illusion of space and you do need to be very selective and creative with both furniture pieces and storage options, but the end result can be an unbelievably well-appointed, creative and breathtaking home!
I recently visited a condo space that a designer friend of mine completed, Terry Edward Briceland of TEB Interiors (tebinteriors.com). As a lover of colour and a little something unexpected in design, I had to share this space. This condo is a fantastic reflection of how to make a bold statement with your small space. The condo is approximately 400 square feet in downtown Toronto, and what better way to create an impact when you open the door to this condo than to see rich, powerful colours and patterns greeting you?
Sometimes I find that clients will want to play it safe and see a more quiet, calm or monochromatic colour scheme as they believe it will make the condo appear more spacious. The fact is you live in a small space so why not make the most what you have. Be fearless and use bright, daring colours and a great mix of large and small scale patterns as designer did here; and, if you can’t settle on a pattern you really love then let a designer create a custom pattern just for you…what better way to make a statement in your home! The rich yellows and blues in this space pop against the deeper wall tones. The bold wallpaper creates a great focal point for the dining area, and I love the fact it’s a large scaled traditional pattern that juxtaposes amazingly against the rough-hewn dining table — a great combination. We have a fantastic mix of texture from the reclaimed wood dining table, to metals and glass, to one of my favourites, the polished concrete floors, which add to the eclecticism and maintain a great industrial feel to this space.
Flooring can be a great way to obviously incorporate texture and colour into your small condo. If you’re looking to change the floors in your condo why not consider installing a wide-plank engineered floor? Using a wider plank, like a six- or seven-inch, can help create the illusion of a larger space as it will not break up the visual appearance of your floors quite as much. The trend right now is towards medium shades of flooring and as a designer I prefer to keep more to brown or grey tones in the wood flooring I select as I find they are more appealing with many different accent colours. Before you finalize your flooring, remember to check with your condo as to the requirements for flooring and underlay.
When decorating your new condo, or giving your current space a face-lift, don’t play it safe and shy away from colour, pattern and texture just because you are a bit “space-challenged”. When the door to your condo opens make an impressive statement that reflects your personality and says “yes my condo is small, but doesn’t it look awesome!”
|Designer LINDA MAZUR is the Principal Designer of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With over a decade of experience this sought out multi-disciplinary interior design firm is known for providing innovative interior renovations and full-scale build projects that reflect both timeless style and optimal functionality. The firm services Toronto,GTA and surrounding areas.