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(Improving) The Condo Condition

(Improving) The Condo Condition

Mitch Hooper
by Marshall Evan

Congratulations! You are now an owner of a condo in Columbus!

You finally have a spot in the city to call home.

That is until you move in all your things and realize the 800-square-feet promised in the advertisement really needed to be 1,000-square-feet because you’re straight up out of space.

This happens to people all too often, and it’s a testament to how efficient you must be with your furnishings when you are cozying up in a condo. Luckily, there is help. Liminal Collection Design is a real estate styling and interior consulting business based in Columbus and they gave us the lowdown to help you make the most of your urban small space.

You can never go wrong with plants in an urban setting.

Living in a condo means you probably won’t be able to enjoy the luxury of a back or front yard which also means your dreams of having a lush garden full of flowers, vegetables, and fruits will have to be put on the backburner—unless you get into urban gardening. If you condo has an open patio, it makes for a great spot to test your skills with urban gardening. Additionally, adding in a few terrariums or house plants can also boost the mood in the house, reduce carbon dioxide levels, and help fight what scientists call, “Sick Building Syndrome.”


Make good use of whatever natural light you have. Light window coverings. Nothing heavy. Hang mirrors to reflect the natural light.When you are living in a tight space, sometimes it’s a little challenging to not feel  stir crazy. By allowing  natural light into your home, you can help ease the restlessness as natural lighting has been proven to help people become more productive, healthier, and calmer. Whether you’re living in a massive home or a quaint condo, I think we can all agree these added effects are beneficial to anyone.

Make good use of your space. Buy furniture that appears light or disappears such as glass or acrylic.

By doing this, you can create the illusion that your home has much more space than it actually does. Light is able to move through the transparent glass or acrylic furniture thus not blocking the view of any objects behind it. It also adds a touch of elegance and sophistication and is a great add for a modern decor home. There are many options available to find glass or acrylic home items, but Liminal Collective said they love to source these items from Crate & Barrel and West Elm.

Buy pieces that you love. You have to live with them. Don’t be afraid to edit! Clutter can make small spaces feel cramped.

You already are aware of your dwindling space so why don’t you take a page out of the minimalists’ playbook and declutter your home? Ask yourself, “How could my life be better if I owned fewer material possessions?” If there’s a piece in your home that you hate or just feel is taking up space, get rid of it! Then you’ll have an excuse to replace it with an item you truly love. That could mean running over to Ikea, or as Liminal Collective suggests, check out some local art or second hand stores like Emi Ceramics or Leslie Gilliat. It might take some time to fully finish your home, but the pieces you find will always have a sentimental spot in your heart.

Don’t be afraid to use pops of color, but we love a light neutral palette for the walls.

This could be as simple as adding an accent wall to your living room. Not only is it a fairly simple project—just move some things around and buy paint supplies—but it can add a much needed change up for a monochromatic home. You could also brighten a room in need of some color with vintage decor you’d find at pop up shops and stores specializing in the area.

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