Stand out in a crowd

Seven ways you can make your condo shine

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES -

can cre­ate a sense of warmth, char­ac­ter and se­cu­rity. To en­hance space and re­duce noise trans­fer with­out dis­rupt­ing the vis­ual line from room to room, con­sider French doors. These can be em­bel­lished with bev­elled glass or etch­ing, if pri­vacy is a con­cern. When con­tem­plat­ing which door to in­stall, think solid. Also re­mem­ber there is no end of pos­si­bil­i­ties for wood and French doors. For a lo­cal cus­tom man­u­fac­turer, visit DoorLam (doorlam. com). Hard­ware The bet­ter the qual­ity, the greater the user sat­is­fac­tion. For starters, hinge qual­ity should be matched to that of the doors. A poorly hung door will not feel right year af­ter year.

For an el­e­gant touch, add finials to the hinges. These range in style from sim­ple to or­nate and should match the style of the condo’s in­te­rior.

Since you will be in con­tact with the han­dles or knobs, check these out care­fully for feel and qual­ity. A door knob that does not fit com­fort­ably in your hand, may not be the best op­tion for your bath­room door, for in­stance, as this is an of­ten-used space.

While some fit­tings are very ex­pen­sive, you may be able to find sim­i­lar qual­ity at lower cost if you shop around on­line. I re­ally love some of the bath­room knobs from Water­works (water­works.com) and they also have su­perb plumb­ing fit­tings.

Rocky Moun­tain Hard­ware (rock­y­moun­tain­hard­ware.com), while very ex­pen­sive, of­fers an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of bronze-rubbed han­dles. Try se­lect­ing one or two for a sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tion or im­por­tant door. This might be sup­ported by a cast of cheaper — but sim­i­larly styled — knobs and pulls.

When fit­ting your doors, do not ig­nore the knobs and pulls on your draw­ers and cup­boards; these can con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to a condo’s char­ac­ter and qual­ity. Just re­mem­ber hard­ware makes a state­ment and, al­though sub­tle, it can be very ef­fec­tive. Glass and mir­rors Glass and mir­rors will in­crease the per­ceived size of your space. Glass doors or a glass wall can open up a small space and the re­flec­tive qual­i­ties of mir­rors work won­ders to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a larger space.

Think of dif­fer­ent glass tex­tures and match them to your re­quire­ments. Seed glass and an­tique mir­rored-fin­ishes are stylish op­tions, and an­tique fin­ishes have the added ben­e­fit of com­ing in a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and qual­i­ties. Niches and pil­lars Wall niches can be cre­ated with flat backs to show­case paint­ings or with curved backs to high­light sculp­tures. Sub­tle light­ing should be used to show these ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails to their best ad­van­tage and LED light­ing is the most cur­rent. Foy­ers of­ten have niches, pil­lars and col­umns to cre­ate a sense of im­por­tance. Light­ing Noth­ing changes a space faster than light­ing. It can cre­ate am­bi­ence from util­i­tar­ian (house clean­ing, rou­tine cook­ing, get­ting ready for work) to ro­man­tic (get­ting cosy with a book or re­lax­ing in the bath).

Mul­ti­ple, lower-level sources of light are bet­ter than a few bright lights, as this gives many more mood-cre­at­ing op­tions. How­ever, this is not meant to rule out the ju­di­cious use of floor and ta­ble lamps.

And ev­ery light de­serves a dimmer. This will en­sure the ver­sa­til­ity of a space — from do­ing work to en­ter­tain­ing.

This guest bed­room with 11-foot ceil­ings feels much larger than its di­men­sions re­veal.

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