Condo Market: Colour Your Selection Appointment With Logic

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Condo Market: Colour Your Selection Appointment With Logic

Selecting features and finishes for your new home or condominium is exciting, and can also seem overwhelming. Take wall colour alone – with paint available in every imaginable shade, how do you decide? My advice is that unless you are an interior decorator or designer, pay attention to the suggestions of the design consultants who guide you through your colour selection appointment. Your preferences take precedence, but a good design consultant can rein you in if your wishes go astray. Maybe a bright orange wall in the kitchen seems like a good idea, but think ahead to when you might want to sell. That hue could turn off potential buyers. There is something to be said for timeless appeal when choosing your standard features and upgrades.

The professionals our developers and builders enlist keep up with current trends, understand which shades compliment specific design styles, and offer interesting insights into choosing colours. They also know how you can use colour to make the most of your space. Neutrals and lighter colours can make a compact home or suite seem larger, and using the same colour throughout open concept areas can create a smooth, seamless vista when you walk in.

Be sure to discuss which way your suite faces. Colours look different in the shade than they do in sunlight, and your consultant can advise you on what will work in your rooms. This is especially important if you have massive windows walls, which so many of today’s beautiful homes and suites do.

Now, wall paint colours are only one aspect of selecting items. Remember that your cabinets, appliances, flooring and the like all have to work together. I notice that many builders offer finishing packages in which designers have done the pairing work for you. This may be an excellent way to go, especially for first-time buyers. You know it will look great.

Before you go to your appointment, you would be wise to tour model homes and suites. You will get incredible ideas for what is possible from these beautiful models.

In the end, it’s about balance. Yes, you want to be true to yourself, so if you really want that orange kitchen wall, go for it. You can always repaint it if and when you sell. Keep an open mind, too. Modern colours are different from those of a decade ago. One example is grey: today’s shades are more multidimensional and are being paired with traditional warm colours for a stunning effect.

We know that colour affects our moods, so in a restful place such as your bedroom, stay away from primary shades and go for calming blues or a soft yellow. Do a little research into colour psychology, and you may be surprised at what you learn.

By all means, make the most of your design centre appointment when you buy a new home or condominium. Why not benefit from the advice of experts so that you have surroundings you’ll be comfortable with from the moment you move in?

BARBARA LAWLOR is president and CEO of Baker Real Estate Incorporated and an in-demand columnist and speaker. A member of the Baker team since 1993, she oversees the marketing and sales of condominium developments in the GTA and overseas. Keep current with The Baker Blog at


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