You’ve probably heard plenty of decorating rules you should never break when you move into a affordable Boston condo that’s small. The good news? Most of those prohibitive rules like getting rid of your non-essential knickknacks aren’t necessarily true. Here are 5 rules you can break with glee without making your space feel cramped.

1. Stick with small furniture

No one wants to live in a dollhouse. Don’t worry about looking for uncomfortable, small-scale furniture for your condo. Instead, choose essential, larger pieces that ground the space.

2. Purge everything

You’ve probably been told that moving into a small space means getting rid of your collections of books, photos, and various objets d’art. While it’s true that you don’t want to go overboard and create clutter, there is definitely nothing wrong with displaying items you love. After all, displaying your favorite things is what makes your affordable Boston  condo feel more like a home.

3. Avoid dark colors

While light colors can make a room seem big, dark colors can also add drama to a space that lacks architectural details. Choosing dark paints also gives you a dramatic background for your furniture and art. To keep everything in balance, leave your ceiling a light color to add a sense of height.

4. Minimize patterns

Don’t be afraid to combine pattern and texture in your space, like using patterned wallpaper and upholstered furniture. You can avoid overwhelming the space by choosing a neutral tone or minimal pattern for the larger elements like the couch or bedding then adding pops of color and patterns.

5. Avoid area rugs

The truth is area rugs actually give your loft or condo the illusion of more space because they create segmented areas of the room. Use rugs to transform a large, open loft into a designated dining room and living room.

While decorating your space, keep one thing in mind: You can break all the rules and still get a space that looks amazing and functions perfectly.

Still looking for the right condo or loft to fit your aesthetic and budget? At Ford Realty we specialize in affordable Boston condos for sale. Reach out to us  today or check out our current inventory online!

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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