Have you ever flipped through a magazine or collected online images where you thought to yourself, ‘wow that’s gorgeous, so over the top, so luxurious – So not me? I would say 9 out of 10 times people are drawn to appealing spaces but those lux interiors don’t always speak to you in your everyday life.
As a rule, we always encourage our clients to pull inspirational images from either magazines or online media outlets. This lets us see beyond descriptive words and really tell a visual story. We do the same, from pulling generic ideas to gathering inspirational photos we try to create notions, which translate into great design. We ask our clients to find images that reflect their personal style or their dream surroundings. Typically, our condo-owning clients are the first to ask for comfort before any other design request is made. They ask us to design around a feeling of ease in lieu of the typical designer show home.
Condo owners are more likely to live in smaller spaces where they don’t have the flexibility of designing one formal living room and a more casual family or personal space like property owners do. This means that they have one shot to design their surroundings that work double duty and cater to everyday living as well as occasional entertaining.
Thankfully, we’ve passed the “trend” phase of the year, where everyone is asking what the latest developments are. Typically, the word trend relates to a fad, something that may be current in the moment but will surely pass just as quickly as it arrived. However, a new trend could become your jumping off point, your inspiration or even a reference to details. It can mean you have found a style you love and think it’s something you’d dream to live with.
We like to work with new ideas, fresh approaches and even renewed colour and textiles techniques, maybe even ones we’ve never seen before. If you’re going to use anything “on trend” stick to a mood style, something that condo owners are very familiar with already. A feeling that represents a style that is a complete reflection of the condo owners, where clients purchase pieces they love rather than investing in pieces they are told to love. If a client loves something, they will typically feel the most comfortable with it and around them for years to come.
If you are someone who loves mixing and matching vintage with modern glam – then do it. If you love traditional furnishings then buy them, if reclaimed salvaged wood appeals to you more than polished chrome then that’s what you showcase in your condo. Sounds simple? Well, it is or at least it can be. Although it sounds easy the trick is to implement the right flow, the correct proportions, the precise amount of contrast and the details to pull it all together. Ultimately, it’s about feeling content in your condo so you determine which “rules” to break.
If you are starting your décor, design or renovation project the best way to begin is by meeting with a professional, even if it just for a consultation. Because you are decorating with pieces you love and are drawn to, you probably won’t be changing your décor anytime soon, you’ll want to ensure you do it right, the first time – the perfect time.