Suddenly you realize that is time to sell your big home; put away your lawn mower and the rest of your power tools to venture into a lifestyle that’s more practical and requires less maintenance and costs less… you move into your new apartment!
Then you realize that downsizing also comes with its challenges, especially when trying to fit out and decorate your new space. After moving from a large home with plenty of square footage to give away, you quickly recognize that trying to replicate the character of your old home into a space that is typically less than 1200 sqft is no easy feat. But don’t worry, remember that anything is possible when you set your mind and learn a thing or two from the professionals. The following are a few tips to make your new apartment, the envy of those who visit.
First, let’s start by talking about the “open concept”; an architectural trend that merges the living room, dining room and kitchen into a single area, giving a perception of amplitude so that this multi-functional room appears larger than what it really is. The key here is to remember the word “perception”, that is, this is only an illusion and therefore, it is key to select the appropriate furniture and accessories to ensure that we maximize each square inch of available space. To achieve a functional and aesthetical open concept, you need to remember the famous expression “less is more”, and apply it when decorating and purchasing your furniture and accessories. Open concepts typically involve architectural features such as sliding and pocket doors, tall kitchen cabinetry and well-designed closets and laundry rooms to maximize the functionality of the apartment without compromising valuable square footage.
Another important aspect is color selection. For example, neutral colors create a sensation of amplitude by reflecting more light and thus, making your apartment seem much larger than what it is. Coupled with the right furniture and accessories, the right color palette will ensure your new place is comfortable, visually appealing and functional. Most furniture manufacturers have a variety of product lines specifically sized for apartments, full with features that maximize space without sacrificing comfort or look. Moreover, accessories like mirrors, glass tables and crystal or metal objects that reflect or transmit light, are incredibly useful to create a sense of comfort and amplitude. Even simple details like installing a curtain rod as close to the ceiling as possible, can make your ceilings look higher than what they actually are. In a similar manner, having floor to ceiling furniture such as armoires or wall shelving can create a perception of vertical amplitude.
In conclusion, there are many ways to make your downsizing experience a total success. Remember that the benefits of reducing your living footprint go well beyond the economic savings. Downsizing allows you to get rid of a ton of useless things and gadgets that we all accumulate as time goes by, while allowing you to live unique experiences that only the condo or apartment life offer.
The key thing is to consult with a qualified professional to ensure you maximize the functionality, comfort and visual appeal of your new apartment. If you are thinking about downsizing or purchasing a condo or apartment as an investment, let’s get in touch. We would love to meet with you and provide you a complimentary assessment so that you have the necessary knowledge to take this next step.
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