For more than 20 years condominium owners from around the globe have called on famed interior designer Lee Bryan to create design schemes that make condos of all sizes and floorplans feel and function like home!
The mastermind behind the beautiful décor showcased throughout model condominium-homes at One Las Vegas, The Ogden and Juhl, Bryan says “with a few exceptions, interior design and decorating for a condominium and a single-family home are the same,” said Bryan. “It’s about prioritizing personal preference, lifestyle and intended use.”
Bryan offers a few design tips for making a condo feel like home!
Know Your Style and Desires
Bryan encourages condo owners to keep photographs of things they like either in a scrapbook or on a Pinterest page. When deciding on furnishing, window treatments, color palettes and accessories among other design elements, these images can be used as inspiration.
Plan Ahead for Scale and Proportion
Whether rightsizing or selecting furnishing for a first home, creating a personalized décor that works with the size, form and function of the room means planning ahead for appropriate scale and proportion.
Before venturing out to buy that perfect sofa, comfy overstuffed chair or new bedroom suite, plan ahead to avoid buying furniture that is either too large or too small for the area. Taking precise measurements and creating a room drawing to scale will aid in selecting furnishings that are right in terms of usage, size and flow.
Shopping for Furnishing: Take Your Time
Condo owners often rush to furnish their new home – purchasing a large number of furnishings at once instead of collecting items over time. This quick dash to perfection can end in a generic or overly trendy look instead of reflecting the owner’s personality. Bryan suggests visiting nearby furniture merchandise marts for larger and more diverse collections of furniture and accessories from which to choose. In Las Vegas that mart is the World Market Center, which is open to the public twice-a-year or year-round if you’re working with a professional interior designer.
Is My Building Elevator Big Enough?
If you’ve never lived in a high-rise before, Bryan says, “remember to measure the size of the service elevator. There are few things more exacerbating than purchasing that ideal piece of furniture only to find out that it won’t fit in the elevator.”
Floor-to-Ceiling Windows: Framing That Spectacular View
If you’re fortunate enough to have floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views and oodles of natural light like those at Juhl, Bryan recommends hanging striking full-length drapes on each side of the window. These treatments not only frame the view as a visual focal point but also add intimacy to the room. Sheers that can be drawn can be added for privacy or rolling shades for light control.
Making Smaller Spaces Work
In smaller spaces consider integrating a few pieces of furniture that can do double-duty. Options like ottomans or benches can offer seating flexibility in both living and dining areas without taking up too much space.
Working with Open Floor Plans
To make open floor plans work, carry one or more style elements to flow from one room to the next. For a living area, take a prompt from the kitchen’s fittings and duplicate their colors in softer textures, tones and shades in adjoining sitting areas.
Add a Movable Wall
Yes, you can now add a wall or stylish room divider without altering your condos construction! And, it’s movable! For this Juhl model, Bryan opted to delineate rooms by adding a room divider made of a product that looks like giant Legos.
The proper use of lighting can transform a living space drawing attention to specific areas and making a room feel larger or cozier depending on its placement. Check out the lighting illuminating this One Las Vegas living room sitting area.