How to Decorate Your Condo for 2016 – Follow Our Expert Tips

Decorating an apartment or condo is difficult even for expert designers. We’ve scoured the web for some tried-and-true tricks that will make your condo feel more like a home and look a whole lot better.

Use Short Hung Lighting Fixtures

 

Every designer’s goal is to make an apartment look bigger than it really it. There are tons of tricks of the trade to achieve this and one way is to opt for lighting fixtures that are hung short, or close to the ceiling. It’s tempting to hang a pretty light fixture, but make sure to hang it close to the ceiling to make it visually look taller than it really is. You can also opt for recessed lighting throughout your apartment and then hang bolder statement pieces like in the middle of a living room, at the entrance, and over a dining table.

grey condo decorating ideasPhoto: JWS Interiors

All Eyes on the Fireplace

 

A fireplace makes a fantastic focal point and an ingenious way to make it stand out even more is to stretch it right to the ceiling. Use mirror tiles or a glass mosaic to embellish around your fireplace and then all the way to the ceiling.

Break Up Full-Length Windows

 

Most modern condos today are graced with full-length windows like the newly built jasper condos in milton. These windows can be intimidating, so a great way to anchor them is with a table and sofa in front. To make your space look more intimate and private, hang full length blackout drapery to frame the window and give you some more privacy.

condo-decorating-ideasPhoto: Chatelaine

Use Multi-functional Bar Carts

 

Bar carts were a big hit the past few years and I don’t blame people for liking them so much, they truly ARE handy! Most condos are tiny so you really have to improvise. A bar cart has so many uses and can be used in place of a kitchen island to hold dishes, roll it over to the living room when you have guests to double as a secondary coffee table for drinks and snacks. You can also use it in the bathroom to hold towels, or in the hallway as a stand for your plants or even as a bedside night table.

Mix and Match Textures

 

Decorating a condo is all about making it feel cozy, comfortable, and homey. You can make your place feel more inviting by mixing and matching different types of textures when it comes to your walls, furniture, flooring, and accessories. This leather couch is warmed up with lambs fur pillows and a fur throw. You can also add texture to the walls with faux stone finishes or textured wallpaper.

condo decorating ideasPhoto: Wesley-Wayne Interiors

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Top 4 Most Gorgeous Home Entries And How to Recreate These Jaw Dropping Looks At Home!

First impressions are really what count so make your front home entry a winner with these 7 designer approved ideas!

Use Bold Contrasting Colors

 

Don’t shy away from color when it comes to painting your entry way, use contrasting, bold colors to make a first statement. Deep gold paired with navy sea blue are the perfect color choices for 2016. Take a look at how this golden lobby seamlessly transitions into the adjoining blue hallway. The two rooms lead into one another with the two complementary colors as well as matching brass chandeliers.

navy blue walls front entrance chandelier decorPhoto: Marlene Dennis Design

Paint Your Hardwood Flooring

 

Stuck with hardwood flooring in your entry way? If you’ve always longed for tiles, you can mimic the look by painting your hardwood flooring. Geometric designs are hot, and this easy DIY can give your flooring a whole new look, without having to break the bank.

how to paint your hardwood flooringPhoto: M. Barnes & Co.

Use Antique Mirrors As Artwork

 

It’s traditional to place a mirror right at the entry way since it’s practical and fills up empty wall space. Instead of hanging up a muted, boring mirror make a statement and scourge antique shops for a gilded, gold antique mirror. This unique piece will not only serve it’s purpose but it will also double as designer-grade wall art.

antique mirror in entrance ideas decorPhoto: Kate Maloney Interior Design

A Brightly Painted Front Door

 

What’s really trending in the design industry right now is painting your front door in bright, right jewel tones. We LOVE the look of deep turquoise paired with gold hardware and a gold door knocker. Even a royal purple of dark gold would look amazing as a front door color! Think about dressing your door up with various types of hardware like a mail slot, custom house number plate, and even a door awning like the ones from ombrasole.com. Use your imagination and try something different for 2016!

turqouise front door painting bright color ideasPhoto: Andrea Brooks Interiors

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