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Many people are buying furnished condo units to save them from the renovation work. They just need to add essential furniture and personal items and they’re done. However, there are some who prefer a bare home, which is like a canvas where everything starts from scratch. An unfurnished condo unit will require more work and money than a furnished one, but it gives homeowners the liberty to apply condo design ideas that suit their taste and purpose.

Designing a condo unit doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With simple touches, you can turn a bare space into a stunning home. Here are 8 design tips you should try.

Creative photographs as design pieces

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Adding life to your interior design can be the easiest thing to do. A plain wall can be the perfect backdrop for creative photographs. Images printed in large sizes are gorgeous design pieces for your living room or bedroom. Black-and-white photos are perfect for a minimalist condo design. Instead of boring holes on your condo walls, you can explore fun ways of displaying photographs such as hanging them vertically on twines.

Hang decorative cloths on your white walls

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How to give life to a boring condo unit? Play with colors, shapes and patterns. Hang decorative curtains or rugs on your bedroom walls. Luz, a 52-year-old businesswoman and serial traveler, scored lovely patterned cloths in a busy souk in Dubai. She draped the cloths drape across the white-painted walls in her bedroom.  The geometric patterns on the design pieces gave life to her dull life space.

Mix and match colors and forms

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Mix and match design techniques in your bare condo space. Andrea, a millennial bachelorette, recently bought her own place in the suburbs. She found her plain walls an opportunity to display her creative flair. White and other neutral colors serve as a backdrop for bold design elements. Post large photographs of beautiful landscapes, and furniture pieces in various colors and geometric forms. Splashes of greens will enhance the overall look of your condo space.

Give life to your room with treasured reads

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Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges once said, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Make your condo home look livelier with a collection of good books. Install built-in shelves in your living room and stack your treasured reads. Some library owners arrange books by subject while others according to the color of book binds. A vintage sofa and patterned carpet will add warmth to your mini library.

Create a focal point in your condo home

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A focal point is essential in interior design. It takes the eyes away from the less attractive features from the room, influences the arrangement of furniture pieces, and re-energizes the space. How to create a central point in your plain condo home? It may already have a focal point such as windows overlooking a skyline or a fireplace. A stunning sofa in vibrant color or a beautiful artwork can serve as an effective focal point in your condo home.

Transform your home into an autumn-inspired space

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Patricia, a single mom and blogger, created a warm and welcoming family room with stylish carpets, rugs and throw pillows. You can play with patterns, colors and textures. Can’t think of color combinations to try in your plain condo unit? Explore Pantone’s Fall 2017 palettes. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterum and Tawny Port,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Add natural elements in your condo kitchen

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Studies show that incorporating natural elements into interior design has health benefits. “In my world of healthcare design the goal first and foremost is to reduce stress. So, to an audience of some 700 designers I said, ‘Imagine a stressful time in your recent past. If you could escape anywhere in the world to help reduce your anxiety, where would you go?’ After giving them a moment to reflect, I asked them to think about the elements of that environment, the features that contribute to their calm, their sense of well-being,” says Rosalyn Cama of design firm Cama, Inc.

How to give life to your boring condo kitchen? Install natural wood cabinetry or bi-fold doors perth that is both warm and contemporary. You can also add indoor plants including succulents and peace lilies. Indoor vertical gardens are trending these days. You can install one in your condo kitchen.

Create depth and character with stylish lighting fixture

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How to breathe life to your condo home? Try matching your condo paint with your lighting décor. Lighting can create focal points by accentuating a painting or a sculpture. It can rid a room of shadows and develop depth and space in condo homes. The fixture can add a stunning design element in a plain space. Lighting storeLowe’s gives a tip in choosing a fixture style: “Start with a favorite element in your room and look for a fixture that complements it. If you have a more modern sofa, look for lighting with clean lines to enhance your space.”

Designing a plain-painted condo is like creating an artwork on an empty canvas. It gives you the liberty to mix and match colors, textures and forms. Whether you want a modern industrial home or a countryside-inspired space, a plain condo can accommodate these for you.

Author Bio: Jeanette Anzon is the writer and editor for AdventureDweller.com. She mostly write about home improvements, home guides and designs, and real estate investments.