Light & bright

Fewer walls, more white and a bit of bold colour make this condo a case study in small-space style.

Style at Home Big Style for small spaces - - Con­tents - Text Kath­leen Dore Pho­tog­ra­phy Tracey Ay­ton

This modern condo is a case study in small-space style

1. Re­peat Re­peat

“You want to echo colours and fin­ishes,” says de­signer Jamie Hamil­ton, not­ing that this din­ing ta­ble, for in­stance, fea­tures a mar­ble top that com­ple­ments the tones of the wall mu­ral and mim­ics the kitchen back­splash.

2. Be Bold

The bril­liant mu­ral, a his­tor­i­cal map of Vancouver, is a space­savvy show­stopper. “It’s floor to ceil­ing, cov­er­ing the en­tire din­ing nook and fram­ing the room with­out for­mally sep­a­rat­ing it from the rest of the condo,” says Jamie’s co-de­signer, Greer Nel­son. Hav­ing one im­pact­ful piece makes up for the lack of walls in this open plan.

3. In­vent A Room

This condo had no of­fice space, so the de­sign­ers im­pro­vised by re­mov­ing the den’s closet doors and tuck­ing a desk and cus­tom shelv­ing into the newly made nook.

4. Go Mono, Plus Duo

The monochro­matic white and light grey pal­ette cre­ates spa­cious­ness, while hits of light blue and orange in­ject en­ergy. The trick to us­ing pig­ment in a small in­te­rior? “It’s im­por­tant not to use too much strong colour, just a cou­ple of hits per room,” says Greer.

5. Open the Kitchen

The big­gest trans­for­ma­tion was open­ing the kitchen to the rest of the condo, giv­ing it cen­tre stage. White cab­i­netry, a mar­ble penny round back­splash tile and a grey quartz coun­ter­top marry it to the unit’s pal­ette. A re­con­fig­ured lay­out also max­i­mized counter space, and ev­ery cab­i­net is fit­ted with cus­tom or­ga­niz­ers. A modern black faucet was a splurge that pays back with high style.

"When we first got in,

it was a dark and chopped up space with lots of lit­tle rooms,” says de­signer Greer Nel­son of the 1,875-square-foot condo she and Jamie Hamil­ton, her part­ner at Oliver Si­mon De­sign, trans­formed for their clients. The Vancouver condo, more than 20 years old, was a tight fit for the home­own­ers, who gave the de­sign­ers carte blanche to gut and reno the place, with one re­quest – use orange as an ac­cent. Jamie and Greer’s space-smart so­lu­tions turned the dated abode into a bright modern home that pops with per­son­al­ity.

Calm the Kitchen

Sub­tle pat­tern in the back­splash and run­ner qui­etly en­livens the room yet stays within the tonal range of white to black.

6. Light it Up

Greer and Jamie re­moved walls to trans­form poky sep­a­rate rooms (liv­ing, kitchen and din­ing) into one con­tem­po­rary open space. The use of sim­ple roller shades on the win­dows means the view of Vancouver’s English Bay is not ob­scured; the win­dow frames, newly painted black, fur­ther draw the eye out­side.

7. Cre­ate Co­he­sion

Sooth­ing greys bright­ened up by a graphic orange ze­bra-print toss cush­ion link the mas­ter bed­room to the condo’s pal­ette. Select pieces from the home­own­ers’ cigar box col­lec­tion are framed above the bed. “In this small room, we couldn’t dis­play a lot of them,” says Greer, “but they’re beau­ti­ful, they per­son­al­ize the space and give it a hit of that orange, too.”

8. Raise Your Sights

Max­i­mize floor space by tak­ing things up a notch. The wall­mounted TV and cus­tom-de­signed fire­place raise sight­lines and open up the liv­ing area with­out block­ing the bal­cony door.

Round It Out

A cir­cu­lar cof­fee ta­ble eases ac­cess to the sec­tional but blends in with the rug, en­sur­ing the room doesn’t feel over- fur­nished.

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