“This is, living within the limits of our shrinking urban spaces, and stretched finances.“
I’m a big advocate for living small. That is, living within the limits of our shrinking urban spaces, and stretched finances. The nature of the current real estate climate has more of us opting, be it by choice, or necessity, to live smaller. Condos reign king for the first time buyer and empty nester alike, and with a bit of smart planning and a few designer tricks, living with less does not have to mean going without. As a condo convert myself, I’ve mastered the art of debunking small space myths, embracing the freedoms and efficiencies inherent in these pint-sized dwellings.
1 Go big! / Well, maybe not TOO big, but the truth is opting for a few standard sized pieces of furniture creates a more streamlined look and even the illusion of more space. Too many separate smaller pieces look cluttered; a busy space feels like a small space. Opt for tailored tidy full-sized signature pieces like the sofa and dining suite.
Tip Hugging the corner with a large sectional is another great way to maximize seating without wasting the equivalent valuable floor space that several smaller separates would require.
2 Ditch the island. / Ideally we all have the perfect 10’x10’ kitchen, with a lovely island for extra prep space, but one size does not t every layout. I see so many condos with a tiny island breaking up the space and squeezing the free area for a dining table into a corner, resulting in the ever-popular four-person round glass table. I prefer to lose the island and instead opt for a full-sized table in its place. The table surface doubles as kitchen prep in a pinch, and it opens up the traffic flow by removing fixed boundaries defining each space. The bonus is you create a space to welcome friends and gather a sizeable group with as much comfort as a larger home.
Tip For an even more clever space hack, opt for storage bins along one side that can easily house the kitchen storage over ow, toys or shoes and purses if you’re cut from the same cloth as I!
3 Add some character, already! / I get it, the developer only offered white, white or white for the walls, and the model suite or staging was the picture perfect mini- malist modern design. This is now your home and there is no better place to start personalizing than a blank canvas. Condos are infamously lacking in character which to me means we can make it whatever we want. The Victorian claw foot tub of your dreams requires the same plumbing as that builder basic. Why not swap it out? There are easy ways of taking your modern box and infusing classic details.
Tip Applied moulding is a quick & easy way to add traditional details and when painted out along with the walls, you can achieve big impact in the style department.
Small space living offers clarity from clutter, ease in upkeep and less stress on the pocket book. I say go small to start living big!
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