Today’s condominium shoppers are very interested in décor, especially when they buy brand new. With the spectacular selection of features and finishes to choose from, these details become a highlight of the purchase decision. Just look at the number of decorating TV shows and magazines available; we obviously have a deep appreciation for how our surroundings can enhance our wellbeing. There is even a psychology of colour that explains how it can affect our moods.

Of particular interest to condominium shoppers, we have learned a lot about decorating choices that make the most of compact spaces. Over the past few years, we have seen the popularity of the neutral colour palette gaining momentum, for example. Carrying one neutral colour throughout a condo suite can enhance its feeling of spaciousness, and the “look” can be easily changed with pops of colour in throw cushions, area rugs and the like.

The demand is also strong for streamlined multi-purpose furnishings, and manufacturers continually come up with innovative choices. I am amazed at how versatile pieces such as armoires, coffee tables and ottomans are, for example. And we are even seeing the re-emergence of Murphy beds that fold up into the wall when not in use.

Condo buyers also have the advantage that today’s suites offer more efficient layouts than ever before. When you buy new, you also have the advantage of working with the developer’s design staff when choosing colours, features and finishes. These professionals understand how to guide to you make the most of whichever suite you select. Tour model suites when you can, and keep your eye on the media for what’s new and hot in condo furnishings. Have fun decorating your new suite!