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