4 October
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Practical Tips for the First-Time Homebuyer Furnishing Their New Condo | By Rachel Bakish

When you step into your new condo, whether it’s in a cozy, historic brownstone or a sleek high-rise tower, you’re entering a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into your dream home. Interior design is more than just arranging furniture or picking paint colors and understanding the fundamentals can be a game-changer. Let’s delve into the basics and show you how it can turn your new home into a stylish and comfortable haven!


1.  Color Palette and Mood

Colors set the mood and tone for your home, but they can vary from room to room. In the case of small condos, opting for light and neutral hues such as white, gentle grays, or pastel shades becomes advantageous. They create an open and airy space as these colors reflect natural light, making your space seem larger (and brighter) than it is. 

Yes, we know we love an accent blue, but how can we not, it’s our brand color.


2. Space Planning and Layout

Condo living often means dealing with limited square footage. Efficient space planning and layout are crucial. Plus, some layouts are just plain trickier than others. Maybe you have an awkward entryway or pesky bay window you don’t know how to furnish. Don’t worry, we are here to help. Start by analyzing your condo’s layout and making the most of every inch. Consider multi-functional furniture that saves space, like a sofa bed or an expandable dining table.


3. Lighting

Lighting is a powerful tool in interior design. A well-lit condo feels more inviting and spacious. Mix ambient, task, and accent lighting to create layers of light that showcase a more luxurious vibe. Use pendant lights, floor lamps, and wall sconces strategically to illuminate different areas and create visual interest. Pair those fixtures with the right simple, yet elegant shades and you will quickly feel right at home.


4. Furniture Selection and Arrangement

One of the facts about condo living is space can be tight. However, with the right furniture choices, you can make it feel larger… or, at least more functional! This concept is talked about a lot in interior design, and some take it even further saying the orientation of objects can affect the flow of energy in the room (i.e. feng shui.) To sum it up in a digestible manner, choosing pieces that fit your style and the scale of your condo can go a long way to making a space feel its best. For example, styling with open-leg furniture can create a sense of spaciousness, but arranging the furniture to optimize flow and function is paramount.


5. Personalization with Decor

Decor and accessories are the finishing touches that make your condo uniquely yours. Personalize your space with artwork, rugs, throw pillows, and decorative items that reflect your personality and interests. These items can also add pops of color and texture to your home.


Ready to start envisioning the possibilities? Then it’s time to forge ahead on your condo transformation! Let us know if you need any help during the process, we know some of the best professional designers in the city and can send them your way!