October 20, 2016 Jocelyne Nicolas

Décor tips: keeping small spaces cozy, light, and bright!

Downsizing to a condo is one of the best moves you can make. Leaving the stress of yard work and home maintenance behind can free up a lot of time to do the things you love (hello extended vacations)! We understand though that all of the benefits to condo living aside, your new lifestyle may hit a few bumps when it comes to décor.

Moving from a home into a condo often means that you leave a few spare square feet behind, creating a few interior design dilemmas. What do you keep and what do you stick in the nearest yard sale? Will you regret your mega purge once you move into your new home? Don’t fret! We’ve curated these handy décor tips will make sure that your new home is cozy and clutter free.sc-livingroom

Tip 1: Keep it light and bright!
Your SkyCity condo will already come with impressive windows and gorgeous views of Winnipeg. Light will fill your unit making it appear open and bright. Maximize this gorgeous sunlight by choosing a light wall colour peppered with fun accent walls. Light kitchen cabinets and countertops with a glossy finish will also help to reflect the sunshine and make your unit seem as large as possible.

Tip 2: Kick clutter to the curb
Everyone has their favourite kick-knacks, but do you really need the crystal ballerina figurine your grandmother gave you when you were 8-years-old? Probably not. Give the ballerina to the thrift store and hide your clutter whenever possible. Keeping your items tucked away in baskets, cabinets, and drawers will create a clean, open for your unit look.

Tip 3: Furniture that fits the space
Giant over-stuffed furniture is great in a rec room, but may be a bit much in your condo. Make sure that the furniture you’re moving into your new home fits the space. Remember: extra fluffy pillows can always make a smaller scale couch feel like it’s a lot puffier, and a table leaf can always be added for extra guests when needed and tucked away in between dinner parties.

Tip 4: Multipurpose spaces are your friend
Have an extra bedroom but aren’t sure what to do with it? Consider a mixed-use space. A room with a desk and a pull out couch can function as a home office and double as a guest bedroom when company comes to town. Maybe a dream craft room is what you crave but your spouse wants a man cave. Consider adding a credenza with a pull down desk to your spare room so that you can create while he cheers on his favourite team.

Tip 5: Make smart storage choices
In a condo, an on-site storage locker is always your best friend. It can house your Christmas tree in July, and your winter tires in August. You can also use it to store bicycles, patio furniture, and keepsakes that you just can’t part with.

If a storage unit isn’t your thing, there are tons of creative ways to maximize storage in your new home so that you can keep some of your less practical prized possessions on your home. Furniture pieces with hidden storage options are a great way to create some extra space. Consider keeping your tools in drawers under your bed for example. They’ll be well concealed but still handy for your next reno project. Closet organization units are also a great way to make sure that every nook and cranny is turned into useable storage space (plus your shoes will look amazing on display!).