Whether you are a first time homebuyer or you are simply downsizing to a condo, you are probably wondering if the smaller space will ever feel like home. The good news, is that condo furniture does not have to be boring. Many manufacturers are now producing smaller scale furnishings and accessories that are idea for these convenient homes. Before you start looking for furnishings, you should take a few steps to ensure that you are looking for the right furnishings for your new home.

Take Measurements

It is always a good idea to know the amount of space that you have available in your home. This is especially true for new homes, because you are not entirely familiar with the space. Grab a measuring tape and a notebook and take measurements of each room in your condo, including the width and length of hallways and staircases. Indicate the measurements of doorways, closets and windows. There is nothing more devastating than finding out that the gorgeous sofa you just bought cannot fit through your front door. Taking the time to measure now will enable you to have an accurate picture of how the furniture might look with your floor plan. If you have some artistic talent, you might want to do some simple sketches of the room as well.

Make a list of colors and furnishings already in place

If your trim is painted silver, it is likely you will want to avoid gold furniture. This may seem like a silly example, however oftentimes we forget what is already in a room when shopping for furniture or decor. It is a good idea to take along a list, or even photographs. You can have a better image in your mind about how things will look in your home. Since your goal is to create a home, it is important to create a welcoming environment instead of just haphazardly placing furniture and objects around the condo.

Pick the Best Features

Is there a beautiful fireplace in your condo? If so, then conversation seating might be something you will want to look at. Fireplaces are a warm and welcoming home feature that you can emphasize easily. Perhaps you do not have a fireplace, but instead you have an excellent view of a nearby beach? Why not consider making the largest window in the room the focal point? If you keep in mind what you would want your guests to notice about your condo, you will begin to decide what you want to see each day and what you consider to be the most appealing features of your home.

Use Color and Patterns Boldly

Gone are the days when a brown sofa automatically required a brown loveseat and chair to match, placed carefully around a rectangular coffee table in front of a large television. Today’s homes should focus on comfort and technology, while creating an interesting and welcoming environment. Adding bold colors and patterns to a room will make it more interesting. Condo furniture can be purchased or ordered in many different upholstery options that enable the buyer to combine interesting patterns and colors.

There are many places where you can find inspiration and it might be a good idea to look online or in magazines about home decor in order to find out what trends are hot right now. On of the hot places to look for home decorating ideas is Pinterest. This relatively new service is free, and it provides user with access to collections of photos that other users think are interesting. A quick search for condo furniture or decorating will provide you with a myriad of ideas and techniques that can be used to make a condo feel more like home.

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