Array
Decorating

6 Design Ideas That Will Expand Your Small Space

Living large in a tiny home can be easy

Shares
Original Article: Chinggay Labrador Photography: Pat Martires and Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

These days, having a sprawling space is a luxury. With apartments and condo units getting more compact, homeowners are learning to innovate and downsize to a tiny home without living a cramped lifestyle. If you want to do the same, you can make every inch count with these tips: 

1. Match the shelves to the walls. Paint your shelves the same color as your walls to help them quickly fade into the background, tricking your eye into thinking that there isn’t a lot of extra storage up there. 

2. Light it up. Light up your bookshelves, hide little halogens behind coves, add uplights and downlights—there are a million ways to make your space a little brighter and more open.

3. Don’t cover your windows with heavy drapes. Sheer fabrics allow light to filter in while still maintaining the privacy of your home.

4. Declutter. If you think that buying a lot of pint-sized furniture will do the trick, think again. Buying proper and functional pieces that fit will be more effective because it will not fill up your space to the brim. It's always about quality and not quantity.

5. Hack off the moldings. Certain types of moldings can look good, but for small spaces, they’re just additional lines to add to the visual clutter of your space.

6. Think tall. You may not have the ceiling height of a posh hotel room, but you can give that impression by investing in furniture pieces that lean toward long lines—tall bookcases, vertically oriented photographs, and curtains that go as high up as possible.

Read the original article ("Space Odyssey") in the November 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

Industrial and Tropical Elements Complete This Airy, Three-Storey Home

Vintage furniture, art, and a unique mix of tropical and industrial styles merge together in this naturally ventilated house

10 Refrigerators You Can Buy for P20,000 Or Less

These budget-friendly picks do more than just keep your food fresh for longer

Get the Look of Angel Aquino’s Kitchen and Dining Areas

Achieve a homey vintage aesthetic with the right furniture and accessories

8 Stylish Food Gifts You Don’t Need to Wrap

This holiday season, give your loved ones gifts that are not only thoughtful, but also beautiful

How Heart Evangelista Got A P3,000 Marble Table

The actress and artist shares an interesting story how she acquired the piece

2019 Planners To Help You Be More Organized Next Year

Get ready for 2019!

A Guide to Home Buying Terms, from Amortization to Zonal Value

Before closing any deal, make sure you understand the terms used by sellers and brokers

Create a Garden In Your Kitchen With These Houseplants

Not only will these make your space prettier, but these plants will make you feel better, too

9 Tips to Be a Better Grocery Shopper

Save time and money when you master grocery shopping.

How Much It Costs to Order a Grazing Table in Manila For The Holidays

Adding a grazing table of sumptuous cheeses and cured meats will instantly turn your holiday party into a feast

7 Places in Metro Manila That Used To Be Cemeteries

War, urbanization, modernization or gentrification have found new uses for old burial grounds

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do With Fabric Softener

Fabric softener can help with your laundry, but it also poses several harmful effects not just on your clothes, but even on the environment
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!