Condo Decorating Ideas: Adding Color & Character
Smart use of color transformed this tiny condo into a fresh-faced living space. Stunning views of a Massachusetts park guided her color choices inside. In the living room, pale blue walls recall the color of the sky. The cream-color ceiling features an eggshell finish, which reflects light to make the room appear light and airy.
All Warmed Up
To prevent the home’s pastel color scheme from looking overly sweet, the homeowner incorporated a contemporary mix of furniture that combines warm wood and comfortable creamy upholstery. A wooden secretary desk placed in one corner of the living room provides a convenient yet contained work space and makes a nod to the home’s traditional architecture.
In addition to its stunning views, the homeowner was drawn to her home’s historical background. To reflect the home’s roots, she added crown molding at the ceiling line. Rather than standard white, she painted the trim an unexpected tan-gold color for a splash of subtle contrast. A traditional wood fireplace surround also hints at the home’s original architecture.
Mirrors and glass surfaces throughout the living room reflect light to make the space feel large. The molding’s slightly gold hue picks up gilded accents below, such as art frames and trim on the draperies. Punchy magenta and pink throw pillows add contrast to the room’s soft color palette.
White cabinets and trim open up the narrow galley kitchen. Some of the upper cabinet doors were removed in favor of glass-front doors, which also helps to create a feeling of openness in the tiny kitchen space. Pretty glass knobs on the lower doors and drawers introduce subtle sparkle.
Unite with Color
Blue walls carry color from the living room to the tiny eat-in kitchen, which keeps the home’s overall palette consistent. Dining chairs upholstered with lavender linen pick up on the purple undertones of the wall color. The table and chairs were painted white to match the cabinets and trim.
Making It Personal
Creamy hues, which are secondary in the living room, take center stage in the small master bedroom. Accents of lavender add a splash of character to the neutral scheme and echo hues found in the nearby kitchen. In addition to the walls, bedroom accessories were updated with paint, too. To make the store-bought chandelier look more personal, the homeowner sponge-painted the surface with a soft gray hue. She also aged the brass side table and sconces above the fireplace using gold-leaf paint.