Achieve A Cottage-Style Bedroom That You Wouldn’t Want To Leave

Take cozy to the next level with a few contemporary pieces

Photography: PHILREALTY | Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | The brands Styling: Tala Singson

Let’s admit it—there are days when we’d rather stay in bed than face the outside world. After all, why would one choose long to-do lists over warm and fluffy pillows? To motivate you to leave the bedroom, you can use this private space as your inspiration. Why not plan a bedroom makeover that will power you through meetings and deadlines?

A contempo-cottage sleeping space, just like the one found in the grand penthouse in Skyvillas at One Balete, can be your peg. This look has a homey appeal while showcasing modern furniture picks that add a rustic vibe to the space. If you’re ready to plan your next big project, here are tips and must-haves to keep in mind:

1. Maximize natural light.

If you have big windows, let in some sunshine and fill your room with warm, happy vibes. If you're dressing them up, opt for floor-to-ceiling drapes that add a modern, luxurious touch.

2. Pick a bed that you'd love to come home to every night.

Opt for a wooden bed frame that can serve as your room's focal point. Touches of wood can bring the outdoors in and make your space extra snug.

Scandiniana Oslo Bed, price available upon request, Philux

3. Set up a reading nook with a comfy chair.

If you're fond of fairy tales and storybooks, you'll notice that most settings have a sweet spot where one can read or spend a few minutes before going to bed. Complete your room with a similar corner furnished with a simple yet striking chair. Make sure you'll feel comfortable each time you sit on it!

Upholstered Chair, P7, 495, AllHome

4. Allot a space for a work desk.

While any kind of work isn't welcome in the bedroom, a table may come in handy when it comes to keeping clutter at bay. You can also use it to display some of your books or hold some of your essentials. Pick a wooden desk that matches your bed. It brings in extra warmth, too!

Wooden Desk, price available upon request, A11

5. Update the look with modern lighting pieces.

A simple yet sophisticated lighting piece adds a contemporary touch that will keep your room from looking dated. Choose a droplight that matches the colors of your room. A white fixture can help you achieve a soothing and airy vibe when paired with light colors on the walls.


Seuss I Drop Light, P5, 200, Match Contract

6. Anchor the space with a woven rug.

A brown rug perfectly matches the wooden pieces in your bedroom for a cohesive look. This can also add a resort-like vibe to your private space, making it even more relaxing and inviting.

F Spirit Jute Rug, P5, 845, Wilcon Depot

7. Be creative with your soft furnishings.

Create interesting silhouettes through your bedcovers and linen. Feel free to shop for patterned pillow covers and sheets in blue. These must-haves can spruce up your bed and add character to your bedroom.

Printed Bedspread, P2, 290 | Washed Linen Pillowcase, P599 and Printed Throw Pillowcase, price available upon request, all from H&M Home, SM Makati

8. Work with a cool color palette.

When paired with natural light, cool colors can turn any bedroom into a tranquil escape. Extra touches of green, like indoor plants, can turn your bedroom into a surefire envy-worthy space.

Click here to learn more about Davies Paints.

*Ed's note: Paint swatches may vary from the actual color swatches. Visit hardware stores and home depots near you to see the actual swatches.

Developed by Philippine Realty & Holdings Corp., Skyvillas at One Balete offers luxury living, privacy, and topnotch amenities. Since each floor only has two to eight units, homeowners are ensured of a relaxing environment and breathable spaces. Each unit also has high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass-and-steel windows so you can welcome each new day with positive vibes and a fantastic view. Click here to learn more about Skyvillas at One Balete.

This article by Bubbles Salvador and Tala Singson originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

More on

Transform a Plain Living Area in 4 Quick Steps

Turn A Bare Studio Unit Into A Functional Home

This 60sqm Two-Storey Home Will Remind You of a Quaint Cottage in the Woods


Latest Stories

17 Important Loan Terms That You Should Know

Buying a house? Here’s an A-to-T glossary of financial terms that won’t leave you in the dark.

A Loft-Type Bachelor Pad Found Inside a Family Home

The owner worked with interior designer Erika Uichanco to transform an ordinary bedroom into a remarkable, condo-like personal space

This Hostel in Makati Has Calming Bedrooms Perfect for Staycations

The bonus? You get design ideas for the different rooms in your house, too!

Lazada Plans to Launch an Online Grocery This Year

Shopping for the home will be easier as the e-commerce startup aims to build cold storage hubs in Metro Manila and nearby provinces

What Kind of Furniture Do Millennials Look For?

Are they all about aesthetics or do they care about functionality, too?

14 Baguio And Ilocos Destinations To Visit On a Summer Weekend

The beginning of summer vacation is the perfect time to head up north! Here are fun and easy places to visit and shop at.

Beautiful And Functional Ways To Decorate A Bi-Level Home

Maximize every nook and cranny of your humble abode with these ideas

These Captivating Facades Will Make You Stop and Stare

Modern, charming, and minimalist—these homes sure know how to catch your attention

These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites In Intramuros And Bohol

This amazing foundation teaches construction and restoration skills to the youth, who in turn help protect Philippine heritage sites

A Young Artist And Architect Create This Cool Paint Booth

Artist Kris Abrigo teams up with architect Lando Cusi to create a Worldbex paint booth that breaks from the usual exhibit mold

Here's How You Can Use Mirrors To Make Your Space Look Bigger

Practice this tried-and-tested tip with these reminders

These Houseplants Can Help Clean Indoor Air

Keep your home safe while relishing the feeling of being outdoors
Load More Stories

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