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RL Tips: Design Advice from Hannah Acab-Faustino

Start the year right with handy hints from our esteemed designers


As we draw another year to a close, we're sure that you're looking forward to a promising 2015. Aside from working on your resolutions, it will also come in handy if you prepare a list of plans and projects for your home, too! After all, we deserve a beautiful and comfortable space to live in.

To get you started, we've asked a couple of designers for tips on what to you can do to improve your space. Interior Designer Hannah Acab- Faustino, PIID, CIDE is the Principal Designer of IDeal Interior Design Services. IDeal Interior Design Services creates designs that address the needs of its clients, integrating Filipino concepts in its applications, and providing suitable solutions to problems and challenges in society related to interior space. Here, Hannah shares sound advice and a couple of design hacks that you can do.

Compiled by Cielo Anne Calzado. Real Living Space photos by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Design Advice for 2015:
  • When choosing accessories for your home, less is more. Avoid clutter and stick to key pieces that reflect your taste, personality and style.  Start the year fresh and clean.


  • Be bold with your artwork. It is a great way to add a burst of color to any space.  Your artwork may also serve as the inspiration towards livening the other areas of the home.  Artworks aren’t limited to paintings, you may also add sculptural pieces, installations, even framed textiles, to name a few.
What are some design hacks that we can do at home:

Maintain unity in the decoration. Make sure that the space flows into each other, arrange and decorate in such a way that they come together as one.  Emphasize the good features of the space by putting good lighting and by having right proportions.

Rooms are mean to be used comfortably.  Pay careful attention to how you place your furniture as you may want to maximize space and make your rooms efficient for use.

Avoid linear planning if you can and consider having angles in your furniture layout. You may choose to put some items off perimeter walls to create a more intimate setting. 

Get in touch with Hannah and see more of her projects here.


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