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5 Ideas to Steal from an 18sqm Condo in Katipunan

Discover design tips and tricks in this small space in Quezon City

Photography: Dairy Darilag Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

What immediately comes to your mind when someone mentions a college student's rented home? Many of us think of double deck beds, worn out desks, and monoblock chairs in crowded dormitories or boarding houses. Since those details come to mind first, you would be surprised to see this 18sqm condo-for-rent in Katipunan!

Designed by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo, this studio unit is something out of the ordinary because it is cool, stylish, and comfortable. The rustic-industrial style easily appeals to college students from the Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, University of the Philippines, and other nearby schools.

If this small space inspires you to improve your own home, here are the 5 things that you can learn from this place:

Put up mirrors

If you've been reading Real Living for a while now, you may have noticed that we always recommend mirrors! We think that placing mirrors on one or two walls can make your space look bigger than it really is. Doing this can also illuminate your place for a surprisingly bright and airy look.

RL Tip: You can also adorn the entire wall with one big mirror or a dozen mirrors of different shapes and sizes.

Paint your walls gray

How can you immediately change the look of your home? You may want to paint the walls gray! A light gray hue can serve as the perfect backdrop for your furniture, decor, and other belongings.

Choose rustic-industrial pieces

Another way to make your place stand out is to opt for rustic-industrial pieces! Rustic-industrial pieces have a unique, rugged, and laid-back appeal. 

RL Tip: You can find a lot of rustic-industrial items at Urban Abode, a store owned by interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo. Urban Abode is located at Unit E - Prime 08-B, CW Home Depot-Ortigas, 1 Doña Julia Vargas Ave, Pasig City.

Don't forget the decor

You can make a rented place feel like home by bringing in a few decorative items. Consider displaying your favorite photos, interesting post cards, and even letters from your family and friends. You may also want to choose something that also serves a functional purpose. For example, this chalkboard looks cute and you can use it to jot down reminders. 

Look for a daybed

Instead of a traditional bed, you may want to purchase a daybed! A daybed is always a good choice because it can be used as a seat and a bed.

RL Tip: You can personalize your daybed with a few throw pillows and a colorful scarf, throw, or blanket.

Click here to see more photos of this 18sqm condo in Katipunan!

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