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A Plain Sleeping Space Turned Into a Pinterest-Worthy Bedroom

Cool colors and inspiring details complete this colorful transformation

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Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Kurt Alvarez (Before) and Dairy Darilag (After) Styling: Tala Singson Interior Designer: Vera Villarosa-Orila

How does one move on from a traumatic experience? Some travel, others take a hiatus, and there are a few who pick up the pieces and soldier on. In 2009, the owner of this bedroom accidentally left her hair iron plugged in, resulting in a fire that caused his father to suffer third-degree burns on his limbs. While the fire was put out just in time, the accident left the owner guilty and with a bland sleeping space. The bedroom underwent a simple renovation—with blue walls and a few salvaged furniture pieces completing the look.

Thankful that no one got badly injured that day, the owner thought that it was time for a makeover after eight years. Real Living, together with interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila, turned the plain bedroom into an IG-worthy sleeping space. The delightful mix of blue, blush, and gray gives the room a cozy and calming look, while Vera made sure to accommodate the owner’s request for a bigger bed and an inspirational wall. With a bedroom as pretty and relaxing as this, the owner is more than ready to move on and face the challenges that will come her way.

Prior to the makeover, the room was painted blue and filled with old furniture pieces. To update the look of the space, Vera took into consideration the owner's request for a cool palette.

Vera mixed the blues with grays and blush pink to create a calming ambiance.

RL Tip: Hesitant to use pink in your room? Pair it with neutrals and light colors to create a sophisticated aesthetic. You can also experiment with millennial pink.

Meanwhile, to accommodate the bigger bed, the designer had a window panel covered to create a wall extension. The said part above the headboard was further maximized and decorated with inspirational wall accents and framed prints.

Instead of keeping the old cabinet, Vera originally planned to bring in a stand-alone closet for the owner's belongings. Since the area follows an irregular contour, a built-in storage piece was installed and the designer made sure that it will stand out.

The built-in closet sports a distressed finish and a customized pattern to add texture to the space. 

Given the small space, it was important to sneak in storage in unused nooks and corners. Vera added a customized side table between the wall and the bed as well as extra cabinets above the vanity area for the owner's belongings.

The custom-made vanity dresser, that also functions as a work area, is the owner's favorite spot in the room. Horizontal stripes were painted on the wall to create an illusion of wider space.

To save on space, Vera opted to install a mirror at the back of the door. This comes in handy when the owner is getting ready for work and other engagements.

Most of the furniture pieces—including the new bed, the chair by the window, the knitted stool, and some construction materials—were sourced from Wilcon Depot. To further enhance the space, Vera also added charming accessories and linens in muted colors.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila at veravillarosa[at]gmail.com.

Read the original article ("Second Chances") in the March 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

*Ed's note: Final cost does not include designer's fee.

How Much It Costs:

Wilcon Depot
Furniture, electrical supplies, and other construction materials - P 50,000
Labor and assorted construction materials - P 40,000
Grand Total:
90,000

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