By Sarah Kelsey, Special to National Post, April 7, 2015
Toronto continues to be condo crazy, and while the increased interest in tall-tower living is great for buyers who feel priced out of the detached housing market, it’s a mixed blessing for sellers of those units.
As new buildings come onstream, adding hundreds of units into the mix, competition for buyers intensifies. That’s especially true for those who have small floorplans, since layouts don’t greatly differ from one complex to the next. Unlike selling houses, then, the goal for high-rise dwellers is to make their place stand out and feel entirely unique.
A good way to tackle the task is to play with colour. “People are often afraid of colour, but it can actually have a lot of impact and really add personality to a space,” says Lori Morris, owner and chief designer at Lori Morris Designs. She coaches clients to think strategically when designing, and to eschew the long-held myth that places painted white, beige or grey are inherently more eye-catching.
“A solid white wall, although soothing, lacks personality and interest,” Ms. Morris says. “People think that dark colours and patterns make spaces feel smaller, but they actually have the opposite effect. The colours and patterns add visual dimension. Your eyes play a trick on you.”
When working with clients, she advises them to layer different textures and materials throughout an area, and counsels them to get to know the proportions of each of their rooms; it’s the simplest way to know how to make them feel larger.
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