Modern Neutral Condo

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Designer Credits: Suzan Wemlinger

Project Overview:

To give this downtown condo a much needed face lift, the clients contacted Suzan Wemlinger. They wanted to make their new place look more upscale in both finishes and furnishings. Their previous home had been traditional and, while they wanted to go outside their comfort zone they were unsure how to do it.

Modern Neutral Condo

Some challenges

The maple floors weren’t installed correctly when this old ice cream factory was made into condos. The lighting didn’t work stylistically with a loft-style condo. Additionally, while the living, dining and kitchen spaces were very open, they didn’t know how to arrange the furniture.

How we helped this downtown condo

New acacia flooring in a warm mid-tone were installed which changed the whole feeling of the condo. I had the outdated lighting removed and new industrial light fixtures installed in their place. I wanted to play off the industrial feel but still keep an elegant upscale look.

Mix textures and patterns

I selected a mixture of finishes and textures – distressed gray woods, various metals, wool in the rug and neutral fabrics for the sofa, chairs, ottoman and window treatments which are a semi-sheer linen.

Pops of color were introduced with accessories, the pillows and art in particular. For the window treatments, to further enhance the industrial feel, I used pipes instead of drapery hardware purchasing them from the hardware store and spray painting any parts that needed it. The window treatments nicely frame the city views.