As the condominium market in Boston continues to heat up, buyers and sellers share something in common: they would like to get more space. Boston Condos for sale in Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Seport District ect… will attract more buyers if the units are spacious. If you are moving into a new Boston condo, you want to maximize every square inch of your property. You don’t have to feel constrained by the interior space measurements of your condo. Here are 6 ways to make it appear bigger.

1. Embrace Minimalism

In Japan, modern families are learning to live with less for reasons related to aesthetics and personal philosophy. Minimalism is more than just cutting down on furniture and other household items. It is inspired by the design ideas of the late Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple. Jobs embraced Eastern philosophy and applied simplicity to user interfaces to create a feeling of space and freedom.

2. Choose the Right Contrast Scheme

To create space, you need to start with a neutral base of softer colors, particularly on your ceiling. When you select paint for your condo, be sure to choose shades of beige, cream, and white. Once you have painted your unit with spacious colors, you do not want to go overboard with contrast. For example, choose beige curtains if your walls are painted white.

3. Decorate Sparingly

Try to limit picture frames to just one per wall. The same goes for sculptures, jars, and vases. A good idea is to follow the 21st century trend of digital art frames with rotating displays of classics, smartphone portraits, or Instagram feeds.

4. Install Big Mirrors

A classic visual trick that never goes out of style involves the strategic placement of mirrors. If your  Boston condo unit has a small wall, think about installing a large mirror to cover it entirely. A similar effect can be achieved with furniture that has mirror surfaces or details made of glass. This space making method works better if your Back Bay condo unit has large windows or sliding glass doors that lead to balconies. Alternatively, you can install a large aquarium with colorful fish to inject more life into your condo.

5. Add Wall Shelving

Wall-to-wall shelves are great storage solutions for condo owners because they provide a visual effect of pushing the boundaries beyond the walls and the ceiling. The problem with shelving systems is that they may give an impression of taking up space if they are cluttered with too many objects. The best approach to wall shelving is to leave some empty spaces. This results in an illusion of a room being larger than its dimensions.

6. Use Vertical Design

If your Back Bay  condo unit has cathedral ceilings, you can add to the feeling of space by arranging items or decorations in a vertical fashion. The idea is to create higher focal points that will draw vision upward.

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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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