Q: I‘m moving into a condo and I find that everything looks very “cookie cutter”. With the holidays just around the corner, I plan to entertain frequently and I want the space to look and feel like a home, especially the living room.
A: Start with the basics. Make a list of the items you will require for your condo: a light-coloured three seater, a multi-functional coffee table, easy-to-move lounge chairs, storage with sliding doors to save space, etc. Next, create a layout while considering key positions. For example, do you want the sofa to face a window with a beautiful view or do you want it to face the entrance to welcome guests? Make sure to assign adequate space for each item.
For your colour scheme, start with furniture in lighter, neutral tones to create a spacious feel while leaving the opportunity to play with accessories that are on-trend. A great rule of thumb for accessories is to create a “red thread”. Work with one or two solid colours and carry these colours throughout the condo with cushions, throws, vases, paintings and other accessories. To create a personal feel, choose colours that feel optimistic and include memorabilia from past vacations, gifts from loved ones and other keepsake items in your décor. These items give your space a unique and meaningful touch. – Ronald Gutierrez, Interior Stylist for BoConcept Vancouver