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Floor to ceiling, new condo owners have a wide range of designs

September 20, 2013

Area RugOnce they start moving in their boxes of household goods and personal belongings, it will sink in with new condominium owners that they've made the transition from renters to homeowners. They'll be picking out furniture, choosing vibrant geometric or floral area rugs from Shaw Floors' Mirabella collection and planning painting parties.

But in one respect, they may still have more in common with apartment dwellers, and that's the amount of space they'll have to call their own. That becomes apparent when they start making room design decisions and realize they can do what they want in their new space but within the confines of dimensions and the condo association's rules. Now is the time to declutter from past residences so the new condo will look larger and cleaner than its predecessors.

The Greatest Impact
One of the best decorating moves that can make a big impact is choosing a paint color that expresses the condo owner's personality, whether it's a bold hue, a sunny pastel shade or a contemporary neutral such as steel gray. Complex colors, which combine the qualities of two or more hues, are the most interesting to work into a design scheme.

When using neutral window coverings, matching them as closely as possible to wall color will create an uninterrupted expanse of one hue that gives the illusion of an open, larger space.

Having something to say about the flooring is another factor that separates renters from condo owners. Finally, they can have the rich hardwood floors they always wanted or a beautiful ceramic tile in the bathroom.

The kind of window treatments chosen for a condominium should complement the home design that's planned, but it also has to take into consideration the height of the ceiling and whether to match window coverings from room to room.

A Sense of Home
To create a true sense of home means showing one's personal taste in the selection of artwork, colors and furniture. All of these things tell visitors about the interests of those who live here and allow new condo owners to feel like they've arrived home every time they step through their front doors.

Making small decorating changes seasonally in one's room design keeps a new home's style from becoming predictable and boring. A switch in accent colors for soft furnishings - reversible fabrics are a good investment for this purpose - can rejuvenate a condo's appearance overnight.