Condo design tips, whether you’re just starting out and purchasing your first condo or you’re preparing to retire and downsizing, these design tips can help you achieve a designer look for your new home! – Text by Designer Jacklynn Little

Just Getting Started

Sofa, Urban Barn; Fabric on Pillows, Tonic Living;
Paint Color, Tropic of Conversation, Beauti-Tone

Purchasing your first home can be both exciting and overwhelming. With a new mortgage and costs to consider, the design is often a secondary concern but adding your own personal style to your condo is a great way to make it feel like home! Here are some budget-friendly ideas for first-time condo owners.

  1. Buy the best sofa and chairs you can afford, in neutral fabrics. It
    will last longer, saving you money down the road.
  2. Adding pillows to coordinate with your furniture is an
    inexpensive way to add color and texture.
  3. Buy used furniture and repaint it yourself. Always remember to
    use a primer for best durability and finish.

Downsize In Style

Rug, W STUDIO; Pillow, ELTE; Chair, Urban Barn

When selling a larger family home and downsizing into a condo, you have to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. This can also be an opportunity to take some of your well made pieces and update them to suit your new home. Here are a few ideas to make that transition not only easier but inspire new design as well.

  1. If you have a well made but out of date sofa or chair, update
    them with new fabric for a stunning new look.
  2. Add new throw pillows that coordinate with the new sofa fabric
    for a sophisticated look.
  3. Replace oversized rugs with new area rugs that are the right
    size for your new condo space.

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Canadian Home Trends magazine gives you a personal tour of the most stunning homes and condos across Canada. You'll be inspired by a selection of accessible home décor products, trend reports, simple yet stylish DIY projects, and much more. In each issue, you are given the tools to recreate designer spaces you've always dreamt of having at home, in-depth renovation and design advice, colour palette and furniture pairings, and Canada's best places to shop.

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