Building & Renovating

5 Quick Makeover Reminders

Updating your home can be easy with these simple steps

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

While we'd love to give the home a makeover, there are different factors to consider like time, budget, and deciding if you would hire professional help or not. As mentioned before, it's ideal to work with a designer when revamping your home as they can help you maximize space, save on costs, and get the right materials and furniture.

If you still can't make a final decision, you can review our Designers channel for now to look for the right partner you can work with. You may also get started on your home improvement project with these top five tips from our trusted makeover designers and featured spaces:

1. Work with proper lighting.

In this bedroom, the pretty windows let in plenty of natural light. Since it's dressed up in sheer curtains, the bedroom doesn't look cramped at all—even if it has deep blue walls.

In one of her makeover projects with Real Living, interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo also prioritized quality light fixtures. Installing the right set of lights can keep the room from looking too dim and help set the mood.

2. Trust your paint choices.

If you've been following our makeover features, you would immediately notice the magic of paint. Whether it's a small bathroom, a compact unit, or a dark bedroom—the right shade can instantly improve an area and make it seem more welcoming.

In this one-bedroom condo, stylist Julienne Cruz worked with shades of blue to create a beach-inspired space. The result is an airy and calming unit where you can stay all-day. She also painted horizontal stripes to create an illusion of space.

READ: 5 Times Paint Helped Transform A Space

3. Personalized details make it extra special.

Whether you love collecting books, postcards, or action figures—use it to personalize your home. Postcards can be used to spruce up an empty wall while books can fill up shelves and be turned into decor if you arrange it by color of the spine.

If you're into art, you can create a painting that can serve as the focal point of your space—similar to what the owners of the unit above did. Their abstract painting added pops of color in a space dominated by neutrals.

4. Recycle and refurbish what you can.

Do you still have that old coffee table in your garage? How about the old chair you've kept for years? Whether it's an old piece of furniture—check if you can still reuse it at home. You can have an old chair reupholstered, an old console table or dresser repainted, and tabletop decor can be utilized as bookends.

Fancy quirky, vintage items? Visit a secondhand shop to look for unique pieces you can add to your home—just like this barbers chair!

5. Don't forget to purge and organize.

Interior designer Grace Moslares, one of RL's go-to makeover designers, shares that clutter must be removed. She highlights the importance of disposing things you no longer use and need. Meanwhile, designer Lisa Salvador shares that you need to find a place for everything—know where to get and return your essentials to keep your home spic-and-span.

In this 22sqm unit designed by TKSL Interiors, one part of the condo was transformed into a huge storage space that houses a pantry, a shoe closet, and a compartment for clothes.

PHOTOS (in order): Michael Angelo Chua | Vincent Coscolluela (Blue bedroom and living area with painting) | Dairy Darilag | Jilson Tiu

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