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5 Ideas to Steal from an 80sqm Condo Inspired by Gossip Girl

Update the look of your home with tips based on this couple's home

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba Architect: John Yuyucheng

If you think creating a home for one person is difficult, imagine doing it for two people! The tricky part of decorating for two is that you must consider both personalities and preferences at once. To make the perfect place, you have to think about the character, lifestyle, and tastes of both homeowners.

Although this may seem like a daunting task, it's not nearly as impossible as you may think! If you would like to have an ideal space for you and your special someone, relative, or friend, you should learn a thing or two from architect John Yuyucheng. Here are the 5 reminders based on the 80sqm Gossip Girl-inspired condo that the architect designed for a young couple: 

Start with neutrals

If you would like a place that would suit you and another person, you may want to choose neutral-colored ceilings, walls, floors, and furniture pieces! White, gray, brown, and other similar shades can appeal to pretty much anyone.

Choose bright colors

Complement the neutral shades and earth colors with a few vibrantly hued pieces. For example, the architect complemented the white, gray, and brown shades in this living area with blue and pink throw pillows and a painting by artist Aljo Pingol entitled "Mystical Beauties and Music." 

Complement classic pieces with modern finds

Apart from pairing basic hues with bold colors, you can also use traditional pieces alongside contemporary touches. In this case, the architect matched classic dining chairs with a modern glass-top table and cube LED lights on the wall.

Bring in wooden pieces

In decorating for two, you must always strive to introduce the best of both worlds! This does not only apply to the color combination and to the use of traditional and modern details. You can also complement plush fully upholstered pieces and gleaming metallic finishes with a few wooden finds. 

A wooden piece is important because it can add warmth and character to any shared space. For example, this wooden headboard stands out against the fully upholstered furniture and polished metallic finishes in the master bedroom. 

Don't forget the bathroom

Anyone who has ever lived with someone else would tell you that many disagreements begin within the four walls of the bathroom! If you want to avoid misunderstandings, you should work on this private space together.

For example, you can keep it neat and organized by assigning a place for your dirty clothes! Instead of an unsightly and unattractive plastic hamper, you can invest in chic woven hampers. You can also keep the floor clean and dry with a nice bath mat.

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