Whether you’re a young couple who just purchased their first condo or a big family with an existing condo that you want to renovate, it is but obvious that you will need design tips and tricks on how to make the most of the available space. It is important to know what are the absolute essentials for every room in your home. With inputs from our designer, Andrea Rodriguez Junquera, we have created this room-wise condominium interior design guide to give you detailed info on how to look at and design your space.

Whether it is space constraints, lighting choices or anything else, read through to know what you shouldn’t miss out on while getting your condo designed.

Foyer

First impressions make for lasting impressions, so make it count! The foyer or entryway is a very important element of your condo interior design journey. The foyer should not only be functional but also create a good first impression on anyone who’s visiting!

Always opt for multifunctional furniture

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Add extra cabinets in your shoe rack for storage

First things first — what sort of furniture should you keep in your entryway? If you’re looking for a small condominium interior design, then going multifunctional is the smartest option for you. We love what our designer gave the homeowners in this four-room condo. This shoe-rack-cum-storage-unit is a customised piece made out of rattan mesh and wood. You can stow away your extra linen or anything that you do not use every day.

Create focal points with lights

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Make a stunning first impression

“Creating the right focal points is very important when you’re dealing with the foyer.”

– Andrea Rodriguez Junquera, Business Manager, Livspace

Since the entryway is the first place that everyone sees in condo designs, ensure that you add some stunning accents as we’ve done here. For a classy look, go with metallic surfaces. On the other hand, if you want a well-lit foyer, choose bright pendant lights or chandeliers to illuminate the space brilliantly. If you are fond of wall decor, then you must put up some photo frames, paintings or anything else that you want to highlight.

Check out foyer design ideas here.

Living Room

Generally, living rooms in a condominium interior design are open spaces that can be segregated into multiple zones. Often, the living room shares floor space with the dining room and the kitchen. So, decide what you want and demarcate the areas accordingly.

Make way for multifunctional spaces

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Utilise the open layout to create zones in your condominium interior design

One easy way of dealing with open living rooms in a condo interior design is to create a multifunctional zone. In this contemporary condo, we transformed one corner of the living room into a workstation. And can you believe that we managed to create ample space for two! You can also opt for multifunctional furniture like a sofa-cum-bed or a pop-up trundle which can be pulled out when you have guests staying over and you need extra space. The trick is to be versatile!

Add decorative pendant lights and chandeliers in your condo interior design

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Get creative and buy some pretty lights

No surprises here! Your living room is the one space where you should have the most stunning lighting. Put on your thinking cap and think of all the corners in your living room that you could light up. Scour some online shopping websites and local markets and thrift stores for pretty pendant lights that you can use to decorate your condominium interior design. An expert designer can also help you with the latest trends in lighting so you can choose your own. Just work with a professional so that you get the look right.

You can also talk to our designers for your condominium interior design.

Dining Room

Many homeowners prefer condo designs without a dedicated dining room. But, if you are someone who’d rather have a separate dining area, then make sure you opt for compact furniture that does not look bulky in a corner. Here are some design tips that you cannot skip.

Versatile seating options are a must

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Chairs and benches can be moved around to create extra seating in a condo interior design

A crucial piece of advice from Andrea is that you must consider the seating options while investing in a dining set for your condominium interior design. She suggests that you should opt for flexible seating options such as chairs, stools or benches that can multitask when you need additional seating or as a side chair in the guest bedroom. This will also help you give an interesting and modern twist to traditional seating.

Install a pendant or a chandelier above the dining table

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Accentuate this area with a low pendant light

Another must-have in the dining area of your condo interior design are pendant lights or chandeliers above the dining table. These not only make the space look aesthetically pleasing but also act as task lights when you’re dining. To make the most of the dining space, make sure that you place the lights at an appropriate height. The market is filled with options and your designer can help you choose something that matches the rest of the look.

Kitchen

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, the kitchen has come to be acknowledged as an integral part of our homes. Instead of dining out, most of us now prefer to whip up gourmet delicacies at home. Whether you have a compact kitchen or a spacious one in your condominium interior design, you must understand that you will always need good space planning in order to make the most of what you have.

Think practically when it comes to storage in your condominium interior design

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Add storage wherever possible without overcrowding

With all the appliances and utensils that we need these days, no amount of storage space in condo designs seems to be enough. Therefore, you need a carefully planned kitchen in your condominium interior design plan. Confused about how to plan your kitchen? A designer can help you by telling you how to maximise every inch of space without making it look cluttered or overwhelming. It is also crucial that you have accessories that will make life easier for you, like corner units, D-trays, pull-outs and so on. Just note down the kind of cooking activities you have and hand it over to your designer.

Always use a mix of ambient and task lights in the kitchen

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Recessed lights and track lights both look good

If there’s one thing that is absolutely essential in the kitchen, it is good lighting. You can refer to this guide to the types of lighting in kitchens to get a complete understanding of what you need in your space. A combination of ambient and task lighting is ideal. So make sure you have a good mix of ceiling lights, track lights, under-cabinet lighting and other alternatives.

Choose materials that are easy to clean

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When choosing light colours, always pick low-maintenance materials

Let’s face it, everyone hates a dirty kitchen. While regularly cleaning your kitchen is a must, a design tip for this space is to invest in materials that are easy to clean to reduce your maintenance time and effort in your condo interior design. Seamless countertops, stainless steel, quartz and laminates are some materials that are super easy to maintain. For the backsplash, you can consider tiles or simply go for full sheets that do not have any gout lines, making them very easy to clean.

Check out the best kitchen backsplash options.

Master Bedroom

If you are dealing with a compact condominium interior design, then chances are that your bedroom will require thoughtful and detailed planning. A well-planned bedroom will ensure that you can have a restful night’s sleep. Let’s look at some tips.

Do not compromise on the quality of the bed and mattress

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You can even opt for a fully upholstered bed

This tip will not come as a surprise. Andrea suggests that you should always invest in the best mattress, pillows and bedding that you can afford. You are going to thank her later! Also, these days there are space-saving options like Murphy beds that fold up to give you extra floor space during the day in condo designs. The point is to make your bedroom a comfortable space, while maintaining the functionality of it.

Read How to Design a Master Bedroom Efficiently for a better idea.

Layered lighting will create the right ambience

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A mix of warm and cool lights is ideal

A smart trick while selecting lights for your bedroom in your condominium interior design is to layer them the right way. Can you spot how many types of lights we’ve used in this bedroom? There are spotlights, LED strips, pendant lights, false ceiling lights and more!  To create different moods in your bedroom, whether for resting, reading or working, you should layer different sources of lighting.

Bathroom

Like every other room at home, your bathroom in your condo interior design should also be designed carefully. Before you start the process, think about the amount of space you have. Consider all design aspects and practical requirements to create a masterpiece.

Make use of wall space to create a practical storage area in your condominium interior design

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Combine open and closed storage

A common ask from homeowners in Malaysia is maximising storage space in their condominium interior design. Invest in a storage-intensive vanity unit with cabinets and doors to keep all your bath essentials. For compact homes, make sure to use the wall space intelligently and install shelves cleverly hidden behind a mirror.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Toilet Renovation Cost in 2022.

Create separate zones

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Go light on materials with a glass partition

Stuck with a compact bathroom in your condo interior design? Here’s how you should deal with it. While designing your bathroom, create separate dry and wet zones keeping ergonomics in mind. Put up a glass partition to demarcate the shower area or simply put a shower curtain to go a little easy on the cost aspect. Also, have separate storage shelves for everything.

No matter how big or small your condominium interior design is, follow these design tips that will go a long way in getting the basics right. Check out this One-stop Renovation Guide for First-time Homeowners for more!

How Can Livspace Help You?

Want stunning interiors? Livspace can help you! All you have to do is book an online consultation. If you prefer meeting in person, you can also find Livspace designers at the IKEA Damansara store. Hurry up and get quality home interiors from the best in the industry!

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