November 24, 2020
Interior Design for Small Condos
13 Condo Design Ideas for Small Spaces
By Lindsay Smith

Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own. There are plenty of tips and tricks to expand your square footage and make the most of your floor plan without sacrificing comfort or style. Here are some helpful condo design tips when working with a smaller space.

Common Design Ideas for Smaller Spaces

No space goes to waste when looking to design your compact condo.

Start Neutral

Lighter shades make rooms appear bigger than they are, so think about painting your walls a creamy white or beige. The neutral palette doesn’t have to stop at the paint color either, it also may be helpful to utilize neutral anchor pieces like cabinets or sofas. Plus, homes with neutral palettes tend to sell a lot quicker too. 

Don’t Shy Away From Patterns

If you’re not into the all-white interiors, good news because your space definitely doesn’t have to be! Show off your personality with accessories like bright throw pillows or a textured print accent chair. Bright patterns typically tend to lighten the space too, so definitely think about incorporating some of those.

Harmonize The Space

No matter which palette you choose to go with, just be sure your space is in harmony. Choosing a color palette with coordinating shades or repeating metals in the hardware and furnishings are just some of the ways you can harmonize your entire condo space.

Increase Your Natural Light

Even if you weren’t blessed with tons of natural light in your condo, you can give the illusion of more light with mirrors. Mirrors really open up the space and also tend to double the light in a room as well.

Layer Lighting

Don’t just stick to one type of lighting. In order to create a cozy and curated interior space, include many levels of lighting like floor lamps, pendants, sconces, chandeliers, task lights, flush mounts, etc.

Draw Your Eyes Up

In the theme of creating the illusion of more room, drawing your eyes up is another key tip! Think floor-to-ceiling draperies, pendants or drop lights, and floor-to-ceiling wall shelving.

Linear Prints Are Your Friend

The best kind of prints for small spaces are ones with geometric shapes or vertical lines. These prints tend to open up the room and give the illusion of more vertical and horizontal space.

Create Zones and Define Rooms

If you’re working with a small condo space, you’re in luck because the traditional days of a separate workspace, dining, or living room are over. Now, buyers are making the most of their space by “zoning” rooms. If you’re living in a 1-bed condo but need a space for work, section off a part of the living room by painting an accent wall where the desk is. You can also play around with defining your zones by using rugs or furniture as well. 

Multifunctional Furniture Is Key

Choosing furniture pieces that have more than one purpose means you can get all the functionality for less. Think foldaway dining tables or desks, a moveable kitchen island, convertible sofa bed, or bedroom dividers full of storage.

Pack In The Storage

Storage is so important when you’re living in a small condo space. Incorporating hidden storage throughout your home is the best way to keep the clutter out of site. For example, consider switching out a pedestal bathroom sink to a vanity sink with storage. You could also make the most of under-bed storage, built-in wall storage, or entryway storage.

Always Have An Entryway

No matter the size of your space, you should always have an entryway zone to drop off your keys or hang your coat. Even if it’s only a foot wide — a mirror, a few hooks, and a thin console table with a key tray makes all the difference. 

Don’t Skimp On The Rug

Nothing says tiny condo like a rug that doesn’t fit your furniture! As a rule of thumb, your rug should be large enough so that most of the furniture in the setting fits on it. 

Maximize Your Negative Space

Negative space is key when giving the illusion of more room in your condo. Floating media consoles, glass coffee tables, floating shelves, or exposed legs on your couch gives both you and the ground some breathing room.

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