In theory, decorating and furnishing a small space like a condo sounds like it would be a breeze, but the truth is, it can be daunting. You want to make sure that you can fit all your belongings in it without cluttering up the place – and this can be a big challenge, especially if you’ve been used to living in sprawling homes. And, of course, you want to make sure that your condo reflects your taste and personality.
Don’t let these limitations faze you, though; think of them as a way for you to get inventive in the way you arrange and store your things. Here’s how you can design a condo that fits everything and still looks stylish.
Go with space-saving options
With the limited real estate available to you, you need to find pieces that can do double duty. For example, your coffee table can open up to reveal storage under the tabletop. Your couch could have drawers underneath, or if you have a studio unit, it could unfold into your bed. You could even have a storage closet disguised as an accent pillar placed between your dining area and your living room area.
Have a feature wall
If you want to add color to your condo but aren’t exactly keen on doing it for the entire space, a feature wall could be your best bet. Whether you’re going with a solid color or a wallpaper with a funky pattern, it’ll be an eye-catching sight in your home, and you can use it to display artwork or framed photographs. It could also just be an easy way to delineate the space in your condo – a feature wall serving as a backdrop to your couch sets a different mood in your living room area.
Skip the accent pieces
Accent chairs and side tables might seem like home decor staples, but if you’re not going to use them regularly, you may as well do away with them and give the space over to other things that will see more frequent usage.
Don’t be afraid to use vertical space
Floating shelves and cabinets are most welcome in a condo. You don’t want your things just cluttering up tables or eating up valuable floor space. Leave the floor free for additional storage when you need it.
Go with foldable, hideaway items
Even items you use regularly, such as your desk or your dining table, don’t need to be ready for use 24/7. A display unit on your wall could actually open to serve as your desk during the day and then closed back up for when your workday is done. You can also have a console table that unfolds and extends into a long dining table for when you have guests.
Living in a compact space like a condo doesn’t mean throwing out everything you own to save space and sacrificing style. Creativity is the key – both in the way you decorate and in how you put the pieces together to create a space that has everything you need and that you’ll be happy to come home to every day.