Decorating a Modern Condo
A trip to the homeowner's closet provided the design inspiration for this small modern condo. The statement-making patterns, timeless silhouettes, and fun accessories found in the wardrobe were translated into this home design for a look that mixes classic with modern, and sophisticated with fun.
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Designer Diane Lankford started weaving together a look for this modern condo by taking a peek into the homeowner's closet, which revealed a mix of patterns, classic cuts, and bold accessories. The same philosophy comes out in the condo's decor via traditional furniture silhouettes and strong use of pattern.
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A foundation of subdued pieces grounds the bold elements in the living room, a smart move that ensures the 1,600-square-foot condo doesn't feel cramped. Patterned pillows enliven the gray sofa. A plush rug in a similar shade continues the soft gray canvas on which canary yellow and navy blue accent furniture can shine.
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Round and Round
The living room furniture encircles a yellow leather ottoman, which rightfully earns the center stage placement. Deep tufts and curvy legs nod to the classic side of the condo's design, while the bright yellow plays up the fashion-forward persona.
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Mixing strong navy, yellow, and slate gray with warm woods, soft misty gray, and shimmery chrome creates a balanced color palette of strong and soft.
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Shades of Gray
To its benefit, the condo is flooded with natural light, which Lankford kept in mind when selecting the paint colors. "We chose a softer, reflective gray paint in the living space to make it look expansive," she says. Behind the sofa, an old pine chest serves as a bar, which is smartly positioned between the living area and the dining space. The vintage piece was updated with a gray glaze to match the space, and a marine finish for durability.
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The dining space in the condo is open to the living room, which necessitated that similar design elements be used, since the spaces are adjoined. The stainless-steel chandelier adds a touch of modern design to the space. Chairs with a modern silhouette are treated with traditional tufted blue velvet upholstery and nailhead trim, while the backs offer a surprising twist, thanks to a graphic lattice fabric. The rich wood finish, seen on the chair legs in the living room, comes out in fuller force in the dining room. Most of the wood floor is left exposed, save a small area rug, and a deeply stained table creates a sophisticated vibe.
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The kitchen takes a more subtle approach to let the living areas shine. Timeless cabinetry and flooring mixes with more modern countertops and light fixtures, maintaining the condo's style dichotomy. A few yellow accents enhance and bolster the overall color scheme of the space.
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In the bedroom, the home's color palette takes a darker shift, creating a warm and cozy space. Bold ikat stools contribute trendiness, while luxe bedding adds sophistication. Lankford suggests painting soffits to match walls rather than the ceiling. When a soffit is clad in color, it recedes and makes a low ceiling seem higher.