Furniture shopping is both incredibly exciting and a little nerve-wracking, especially for new homeowners. Now, shopping for a large house is one thing: ideas for furnishing a condo can be both easier and a bit more difficult to find. For one thing, condos are a bit smaller, which means that you have less room to work with. However, that also means fewer individual pieces to buy, and less you have to worry about coordinating! The right furniture and décor in general can make or break the first impression your condo gives to people – and greatly influences how comfortable you’ll find your condo in the long term. So: here are a few tips and ideas for furnishing a condo.
1. Don’t Forget Practicalities
First thing’s first: as ready as you likely are to furnish your condo, don’t get caught up and forget the practicalities involved. One of the first things to remember is to properly measure your home before you buy your furniture. After all, it won’t be any good for you if it doesn’t fit the dimensions of the room, and certain furniture stores don’t allow full refunds after a certain amount is spent. Another thing you should know before furniture shopping for a condo is that the most popular times for furniture sales – and therefore saving money – are Memorial Day and Valentine’s Day.
2. Keep Your Location In Mind
Although there are many ideas for furnishing a condo available, you can narrow them down by focusing on where you live and your surroundings – or even the surroundings you wish you had. In mountainous areas, you may want to stick to cozy earth tones that will make you feel warm in harsh winter nights. A coastal décor has similarly atmospheric options. You can simulate a water view without the ocean by using things like sea grass, driftwood textures, sandy neutrals, and ocean blues. An airy effect can be brought to mind through gauzy curtains. If you live near the beach, this will allow the sea breeze into your condo.
3. Think About The Materials You’re Using
It’s a good idea to invest in better materials rather than cheap ones like plastic, rubber, and metal which will wear easily, scratch up your floors, and look low-quality. At the same time, higher-quality materials like leather need to be taken care of. If leather is kept close to heat sources, it will dry out. Reclaimed wood furniture is very on trend at the moment, and is particularly appealing to those who wish to recycle, as it can be made from old furniture, buildings, bridges, and anything that used wood in its construction. Barnwood furniture is popular for similar reasons, having been made from aged, rich wood.
It’s time for you to express yourself; but choose carefully! You’ll probably have to look at the furniture you choose for a long time before it’s ready to be replaced. So feel free to ask a salesperson some questions before buying!