Before and After: A City Condo

It's time for another great Before & After from a recent project. A blank slate project is always fun for a decorator and this condo was no exception. The remit from the client was to keep this open living/dining room space simple, modern and clean. The walls had already been painted an off-white, with a single wall in dark grey, but other than that, it was wide open. The client had some art he wanted on the walls, but was happy to leave space for future purchases. This is an approach, by the way, that I'm fully behind. Your walls need not be filled if it means putting up objects or pieces that you have no connection with. You don't need to hang expensive art, or even limit yourself to pictures and paintings, but what you do hang, you should love for one reason or another. But never mind all that, on to the before and after pictures!

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

 

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and whiteWhen we said, blank slate, we meant it. There was barely a lick of furniture when we started, and even that was destined for the storage room.

 

Working with the client, we decided on a monochromatic palette of greys and whites with natural accents through wood and greenery. this is a simple scheme to use and it holds well over time. Additionally, should the client ever feel the urge to add pops of color, this would be simple to do through cushions, throws and other accessories around the space. It also allowed him to add a huge splash of color with a painting by local artist Mitchell Wiebe.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

This space is typically used for socializing (read: the TV is in another room) so we created two distinct spaces: a living area  and a small dining area that takes advantage of the space without making things cramped.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

With a big piece of art on one wall, and wall space reserved in the dining room for future purchases, the lights were kept simple - a flush mount in the living area, and this clear globe in the dining area.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

Greenery gives the space light. A small grouping like this can be built on, or even split up later.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

A simple dining table and lucite chairs keep the look light. With limited space, using pieces that have clean lines and avoid bulk helps to maximize the feel of the room.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

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Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

 

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

When choosing plants, we kept in mind that the client travels quite a bit. We talked to staff at a local nursery to ensure we chose plants that would flourish in indirect light, and require moderate to low levels of care. Succulents, yuccas and cacti fit the bill.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

We also included an air plant, which make wonderful solitary or group displays, and require no watering in the pot, just the occasional soak and air dry.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

The bar stools gave a dose of wood to the space, while still keeping in stride with the calm palette of greys. Modern with a hint of retro, their low profile doesn't crowd the living space.

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white

Before And After of a city condo - clean, modern, comfy monochromatic scheme in grey and white A simple, clean modern space that is comfortable and allows the works on the wall to shine. To see more of our work, visit our gallery.