Beach Chic Condo Design Part 2
After all was said and done,
I was very pleased with how the Panama condo design project turned out. If you missed last week’s post, click HERE to see some of the BEFORE photos and some background on the project.
Even though I kept hoping for my “Christmas miracle” to come early this year (completing an entire condo design project in 28 days seemed impossible), it turns out that just a little bit of elbow grease (and a few greased palms, for that matter) hurried the project along.
As I mentioned in last week’s post, the design style, BEACH CHIC, was primarily inspired by the surrounding natural environment, but was also based on the concept of luxury-style living; and let’s be honest, a condo on the 21st floor overlooking the horizon where the sky meets the ocean and the rolling mountains in the distance is nothing short of luxurious. Here are the photos of the completed space…hope you like them!
VITAL DESIGN ELEMENTS
It takes more than just a few fabulous furniture pieces to bring a space together, especially if you’re looking for the space to have an overall sense of rhythm and flow. For this condo, I implemented a few design strategies that would reinforce the design style and concept behind “Beach Chic”. Here are two design tips I almost always adhere to:
PAINT – I chose warm, inviting colours reminiscent of the multi-coloured Pacific shore sands. I painted the walls and the ceiling the same colour, and then chose a warm taupe for the accent wall that stretches the entire length of the condo. This darker colour helped to recede the wall, giving the visual illusion of a wider space. It also provided a more comfortable background colour for watching TV (sometimes too much contrast can be hard on the eyes). And finally, I chose a nice Sateen finish to play up the “chic” feel and add a bit of drama.
LIGHTING – It’s important to layer your lighting in order to create a “mood“. In this case, I selected a series of directional track lights that allowed me to draw attention to certain features in the space, especially the long, dark hallway and the art on the walls. In order to ensure that the clients have as much control over the lighting as possible, I installed dimmer switches in the kitchen and family room/dining room area (one of which is a dual dimmer that also controls the ceiling fan speeds). And don’t forget about the table lamps – not only are they beautiful additions to the space (I am a lamp-fanatic! Only the best will do…) but I installed tri-level bulbs which allow the client to control brightness levels. The most important thing to remember is to use warm-coloured bulbs (avoid purchasing any bulbs that say “daylight” unless you’re looking for a cooler visual aesthetic). My favourite warm-tone bulbs are made by Magnum – they are compact flourescents that provide the equivalent amount of lighting as a 60-75W bulb, but only consume 13W. A great electrical savings for the client, and a nice way to help conserve energy.
Truly, I love doing what I do because I find it incredibly rewarding. I love knowing that I have provided someone with a special space to call their own, a space that is comfortable, functional and downright beautiful. I am so happy that my clients loved their new beachfront condo and feel like they now have a place to call their home-away-from-home.
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