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Everyone knows that when you lease a condo, it’s untouchable. The owner has set the rules, and there’s nothing you can do about the color of the walls and the floor design. But it doesn't mean you can't put your own touch into the condo. All you need is a little patience and an imaginative mind to have a great interior design. Take a look around and see what you can work with.

To help you with your space's interior decoration without altering anything, here is a list of things you can do.

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1. Look into your pocket and find sources

Before you dive into designing your space, have a look into your budget first. This way, you won't overspend on furniture and appliances. Partner this with reading tips about designing on various websites or magazines and watching interior decorating programs to help you create a design that fits your personality and budget.

It's important to be mindful of the items you'll need so you can properly plan for your space. Your budget should be able to cover not just the cost of the items, but also the delivery and installation fees. Once you have all that sorted out, then you can start having fun with your new place.

2. Build them yourself

Whether you have a budget or not, do-it-yourself is a great way to design your space. It adds a personal touch to the unit. There are a lot of tutorial videos and write-ups that are available online. They can help you build your own table, chairs, and shelves. It also promotes the development of your creativity and imagination.

Having something you made yourself in your condo unit would make it feel more like home. It would be a great conversation starter when you have guests over. They would be curious about the story behind the design and how you made it. It's a great way to show off your personality and make your space more memorable.

3. Create illusion using curtains

You can place curtains in areas where there are no windows. They give off a feeling that it has more than one window. To make your walls look big, use long curtains, and hang them near the ceiling instead of just above the window for an elegant look.

Curtains are great for achieving a certain ambiance in the room. If you want a more relaxed feel, use light-colored curtains. If you want the room to look bigger, use dark-colored curtains. For a more romantic feel, you can use sheer curtains.

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4. Place a mirror on the wall

Hanging a huge mirror on your condo's living room, dining area, or bedroom creates an illusion of having a big space. It also helps in bringing the natural light inside when placed across a window since the mirror is able to bounce the light into the room.

Having a mirror in your space can make it appear more open and airy, which is always a plus. But mirrors can also be used to reflect interesting items or views that you want to showcase in your space. If you have a beautiful piece of art that you want to display but don't have an empty wall to put it on, consider hanging it in front of a mirror. The mirror will reflect the art and make it appear as if you have a two-for-one situation going on.

5. Bring the greens in

Adding a plant or two in your interior is a great way to add texture, color, and life to your unit. Not only does it add aesthetic beauty, it also promotes healthy living as it is able to clean the air by absorbing pollutants. It also lowers the humidity in the room. This is a great opportunity for you to bring herbs that you can use when cooking to help you save money.

Plants help to purify the air and reduce stress levels, so they're a great addition to any home. If you don't have a green thumb, don't worry – there are plenty of low-maintenance options out there that are easy to care for. And if you're really not into plants, consider adding a few pieces of greenery to your decor in the form of artwork or sculptures.

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6. Make use of great lighting

We always hear that good lighting can produce great videos and pictures, but that can also be applied to interior decorating. Having a lamp on your nightstands or tables, it can add character, personality, and warmth to your space. Plus, it makes your room more inviting and relaxing.

Playing around with lights is a great way to change up your home’s ambiance without spending a lot of money. You can use different types of light bulbs to create different moods in each room. And you don’t necessarily need to buy new lamps – you can use what you already have and just change the lightbulbs.

7. Create a gallery

You can turn your empty wall into your own mini gallery. Placing a series of pictures with large frames can turn a boring wall into an eye-catching one. Guests are sure to take a look at those pictures of you and your family or friends. It also brings pleasant memories every time you look at them.

Aside from giving your home a cozier feel, photos can also make it more inviting. When guests see pictures of you and your loved ones around the house, they'll feel more welcome. So if you're looking for a way to add some life to your home, consider displaying some photos. It's an easy and inexpensive way to make your space more inviting and homey.

8. Think small

Remember that you have limited space. Work with your unit. Don’t go against it by buying huge and bulky fixtures. Scale them down and place them beside walls and corners so you can have enough space to move around.

It's important that you plan everything out carefully so you won't end up with a cluttered and cramped space. Maximizing your limited space can be quite a challenge. But with a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can definitely turn your small space into a comfortable and stylish home.

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9. Maximize multipurpose furniture

A lot of furniture in the market has additional uses besides its primary purpose. Making double-duty furniture is a must to maximize your condo space. There are stands that not only look great but pack a lot of storage space. A tall bookcase for example, on its upper shelves you can place your dishes and books. Drawers and bins can be added on the bottom shelves for kitchen utensils, and office supplies.

Finding these types of furniture can be a bit of a challenge. But if you know where to look, you can find some amazing pieces that will help you save a lot of space in your condo. They don't have to be expensive either. You can find some great deals on double-duty furniture if you know where to look.

10. Mix the old with the new

You are likely to receive old fixtures and trinkets from your relatives when moving. Incorporating them with your new furnishings adds charm and a touch of home. So there’s absolutely nothing wrong with mixing your old furniture with your new ones. You can reupholster your old furniture yourself. Use solid-colored fabrics to complement your condo’s paint job. This way, you achieve a timeless look that doesn’t go out of style easily.

Mixing the old with the new can be a great way to create a unique and stylish space. However, it’s important to do it in a way that still looks pulled together. Be intentional with your choices, and take the time to edit your space. By following these tips, you can create a chic and stylish home that is also comfortable and inviting.

Key takeaways

Be mindful that when designing your place, you should focus on what you need first instead of wasting money on unnecessary things.

  • Design your space according to your personality and needs. Even if there are limits to how you can manipulate your interior, it's very important that you find a compromise between making your space stylish and comfortable for you.
  • Take note of what you want for your condo and create a plan. This helps you pinpoint the things that you need to buy and avoid wasting money on unnecessary items.
  • Keep an open mind, as you design your condo. Sometimes, plans don't exactly go as you initially wanted them to, and that's okay! There are ways to adjust and work around any design dilemma you may come across.


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