Minimalism focuses on simplicity.
Minimalism can be defined as 'the intentional promotion of things we value, and the removal of everything that distracts us from it'. It is the concept of living with only the things that we need, and things that hold value to our lives.
Minimalism as a design concept, not only looks sleek and sophisticated, but can also reduce a lot of stress for those who lead very busy lifestyles.
It makes the task of weekly housework so much less overwhelming when your home is less cluttered, and cuts down on the time you need to spend on keeping your home in order.
The minimalist design trend started in the 20th century, and is still very prominent today. A minimalist design, is a design stripped down to only its essential elements.
Minimalist design in a home typically involves a lot of white and a bit of black, and there is reason for this.
Minimalist design uses white space to emphasize certain elements over others, by drawing attention to where you want viewers to look, without making them feel claustrophobic.
Minimalist design however, does not have to be predominantly white and light coloured elements. The concept focuses on simplicity and essential functionality. By removing un-needed and unnecessary elements from a room, a minimalist design can easily be achieved, creating an open and less cluttered feel.
Who doesn't love a bright airy kitchen in the morning to start your day off?
Downtown condo's can sometimes leave you with smaller kitchens and a lack of natural light. Whether you're buying pre-construction or purchasing a resale condo or small house, you may be limited to space and window's in the kitchen area.
If you're purchasing a pre-construction condo, take a look at the model suites and floor plans before making your finishing choices. This will help you determine where the windows will be located and the space you'll have to work with when deciding on design options.
Smaller kitchens with little windows and natural light can look very small and cramped if you choose very dark cabinetry and countertops. If you're looking for a nice bright space for cooking and hanging out, you'll likely want to choose finishes that brighten the space and make it look larger.
White and light grey cabinets paired with a light coloured counter top and backsplash are a great choice for smaller kitchens, and allow for an awesome contrast with darker hardware and lighting fixtures.
Some older resale condo's have smaller kitchens that can be given an easy facelift to brighten up the space. A nice bright coat of paint on darker cabinets paired with a nice bright countertop, simple backsplash and some extra lighting can totally transform a bland and dark kitchen.
Some other inexpensive additions you can add to a builders grade kitchen to add a nice personal upgrade to your space is cabinet hardware and extra storage.
Unique cabinet hardware can really change the look of a kitchen by adding a fun personal touch. My personal favourite's are the matte black and brass finishes.
The cabinet and drawer pulls can be beautifully complimented by plumbing and light fixtures in the same finish, pulling the whole room together.
The small black details add a nice contrast to the design, while still allowing the overall space to stay bright and fresh with the light hues in the cabinets and countertop finishes.
Another great way to utilize as much space as possible in a small kitchen is open shelving. If you have unused wall space, open shelving is an excellent and inexpensive way to add some extra storage and display some of your favorite kitchen accessories.
So whether you're shopping for a condo or a small downtown house and are not quite sure how you can deal with the space restrictions you may have in the kitchen, or you're simply looking for a way to refresh your current place with a new look, these tips and idea's may just help you see the sometimes hidden potential in your home!
One of the things that I frequently hear when showing condominiums is "How is it going to fit furniture!?"
Downtown condominiums can sometimes be quite a bit smaller in the living space, but believe it or not, its easy (and can be much less costly) to furnish that small space comfortably.
I myself love decorating a design. Furniture shopping is my favourite hobby (much to my boyfriends despair). And I've found some fantastic spots in London to find the perfect furniture for your downtown dream space.
1. IKEA (obviously)
IKEA has a ton of space saving solutions and furniture to fit some pretty tight spaces. Not only is IKEA extremely affordable (perfect for the first time home buyer on a tight budget), but they also have a pick up point in London now, which makes the whole process much easier. You're now able to order online and have your items shipped to the pick up point for an extra 20$ (much more affordable than the delivery fee's they charge).
I've used the service quite a few times myself and love it!
Here's a few of my favourite condo sized pieces...
IKEA's Landskrona series is a mid century inspired collection of sofa's, sectionals, love seats and ottomans.
These pieces are the perfect fit for a smaller space and look amazing. The series starts at around $1050 (love seat) and goes up from there.
Similar to the Landskrona series (but a little easier on the wallet) The Karlstad sofa is the fabric covered alternative. The Karlstad is a 3 seater sofa priced at $599.
IKEA'S Vittsjo series has a range of modern sleek pieces from coffee tables to shelving. They can be easily classed up and they're extremely affordable ranging from $26.99-$158.99
The IKEA PS Cabinet is another affordable and versatile piece. At $129.00 this cabinet can be used for a range of things. It has cable holes for your media equipment for a nice tidy entertainment unit. It has a lock and keys for storing any valuables or as an interesting alternative to a traditional filing cabinet, and it makes a fantastic sideboard in a dining room for extra storage.
Structube, offers affordable modern furnishings much like IKEA.
Take this RENO Dining table for instance. Retailing at $769.00, this solid acacia wood dining table is modern with a touch of rustic. The chairs shown paired up with this table are from the EIFFEL collection. Retailing at $39.00 each, they compliment the RENO table beautifully with a modern minimalist touch.
Keeping with the mid-century modern style, the CINO bed frame has a clean retro vintage look, and it's not too bulky for a smaller condo bedroom. Retailing at $499.00, and paired with the matching night stands (at $119.00 each) you have a gorgeous setting to wake up to!
A few other spots I recommend Check ing out in London are;
487 Richmond St. London, Ontario, N6A 3E4
Modern Living London
600 Wharncliffe Rd. S, London Ontario, N6J 2M4
Austin & Taylor Home Furnishings Inc.
1350 Fanshawe Park Rd. W, London, Ontario N6G 5B1