High-rise condos in downtown Boston offer gracious city living and jaw-dropping views, but they can also sometimes feel stark and cookie-cutter when it comes to interior design. However, you can bring a cozy, customized look and feel to your space by following these clever interior-designer-approved tips.
Add A Fireplace
Fireplaces not only bring coziness and warmth, but with the use of marble, metal, or high gloss lacquer finishes, they can become a one-of-a-kind, eye-catching feature. Installing a fireplace in your condo is wholly feasible. The best options to consider are electric fireplaces, which require no exterior modifications or venting and create a beautiful flame simulation, and alternative fuel fireplaces, which use ethanol or isopropyl to generate a real flame without smoke. Alternative-fuel fireplaces do require some construction work as they cannot be fully enclosed as an electric one can, but both options are easy to install and emit heat.
Incorporate Textiles with Texture
One quick and easy way to make your condo feel snug and homey? Including a variety of abundant textiles that are begging to be touched. Add a woven wall hanging, lay a faux fur, knit, or wool blanket over the back of a leather chair, or pile the bed high with throw pillows in a variety of materials. Layering rugs is another favorite interior designer trick to make a space feel cozy and add visual interest. Don’t forget to choose rugs with patterns and colors that complement each other, and always layer the smaller, higher-pile piece on top.
Place Down Plush Carpeting
Installing wall-to-wall carpeting is one way to dampen sound and create a soft feel underfoot within a large area. Consider opting for plush pile carpeting (especially for bedrooms), which offer supreme comfort thanks to densely packed yarns that create a soft, smooth surface and a thick and luxurious feel. Plush pile carpeting can come in a variety of materials, including nylon, polyester, acrylic, and wool, which are eco-friendly and ultra-silky.
Utilize Upholstered Walls
Adding fabric or upholstery to your walls is a great option for an urban condo. Not only do upholstered walls bring a cozy and style-forward look to a space, but it can also help with muffling sounds from street noise or loud neighbors. You can either apply adhesive fabric that can be hung like wallpaper or hire a professional upholsterer to install layers of batting for a plush, pillow-like feel. Popular wall upholstery fabrics include silk, satin, linen, suede, cashmere, chintz, velvet, and boucle. For an eye-catching and cohesive statement, you and your interior designer might also consider using the same fabric on walls and surrounding draperies.