Stand out in a crowd
Seven ways you can make your condo shine
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.