Array
Decorating

Here's How You Can Create a Family-Friendly Condo

Achieve a safe space that you and your kids will love

Shares
Original Article: Katherine Lopez and Paula de Guzman Photography: Erwin T. Lim Pictorial Direction: Dagny Madamba

Investing in a two-bedroom condo unit gives you enough space to experiment and create a homey sanctuary. Some of the perks include—bringing in furniture pieces you like, having an extra room for household chores, and carving out a special place for the little ones. If you've recently acquired the key to your new home, interior designer Maybelline Te shares a few handy hints. With Premiere Alliance Development Corp. as contractor, Maybelline transformed a two-bedroom unit into a charming family home. Take note of her tips below:

1. Use your interests and lifestyle as basis for the theme.

“The rose-gold metallic accents found in the furniture and decorative accessories allude to the wife’s jewelry-making business, while the leafy patterns and natural wood finishes are references to the husband’s hobby of nature photography,” says Maybelline.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

RL Tip: Create the feel of a tropical paradise by sprucing up the corners with indoor plants, wooden touches, and finishes that will remind guests of resorts.

2. Take a break from all-white color schemes.

While white can make small spaces seem more airy and spacious, there are other colors you can look into. “I accented the unit with a soothing palette of Rose Quartz, Periwinkle, and Robin’s Egg Blue on a background of beige, taking off from Pantone’s [past] Colors of the Year,” she shares. The mix of hues in the unit help create a playful yet chic look.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

3. Experiment with different materials.

"Use layers of leather, different wood finishes, and a mix of patterned and solid-hued soft furnishings," says Maybelline. To create a luxurious tropical touch, the designer used a padded abaca wall in the living room for texture, stained various wood finishes for her furniture by General Bleu, and upholstered the bedroom doors in faux leather. 

General Bleu offers fit-outs and furnishings. Follow them on Instagram for more details.

4. Opt for a flexible layout.

Maybelline was able to define a space and open it up at the same time by getting creative with the layout of the unit. She bravely corralled the master bathroom in a glass enclosure with bold, black mullions. It opens up the small bathroom and adds architectural detail to the bedroom.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

5. Maximize the available vertical space.

To save floor area, go up. A custom-made bunk bed by General Bleu completes the children's room, creating space underneath for a play area. This flexible space can function as a study nook when the kids grow up, too.


6. Transform a plain and boring utility room with storage and color.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

To make the two-bedroom home even more functional, the former maid's room was renovated into a mudroom completed with shelving units and a striking green wall. Instead of leaving the tiles plain, Maybelline worked with patterned machuka-style floor tiles from Architectural and Interior Source

A snippet of this article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine.

Shot on location at a model unit of Avida Towers Riala.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares
Recommended Videos

Latest Stories

Where to Find Wall Stickers for Your Child's Bedroom (No Need for a New Paint Job!)

You can get wall stickers in lots of unique colors and designs.

The 5-Basket System: How to Declutter Your Home Once and for All

Get rid of all the unnecessary junk that may have accumulated in your home finally.

Not All Electric Fans Are Created Equal! 7 Things to Consider When Buying One

Fans are a necessity in all Pinoy homes, so make sure yours is a reliable model!

7 Ways to Brighten Dark Rooms if Your House Doesn't Get Natural Light

First tip: Update your old light bulbs!

How You Can Achieve a More Efficient Kitchen Without Remodeling!

All you need to do is organize your kitchen items and establish specific zones.

8 Ways to Store and Organize Your Pots and Pans So They Don't Get Damaged

Ever thought about using a pegboard to organize your cookware?

10 Ways to Make Your Small Living Room Look Bigger and Better

Don't let the small space limit your creativity when it comes to decorating!

Never Have a Smelly Sink Again With This One Simple Ingredient (Just Sprinkle)

Learn what you can do to make sure those nasty smells don't happen again.

Feeling Sad and Anxious? Maybe You Need a Potted Plant or a Vase of Flowers at Home!

A study found that green wonders and fresh blooms have a positive impact on one's well-being

10 Pretty Decor Pieces for an Insta-Worthy Wall

Make the most of your bare walls!

How to Pack a Suitcase Efficiently, Prevent Wrinkled Clothing

Especially if you're just bringing a carry-on!

7 Ways to Make Your Ceiling Look Higher Than It Actually Is

Take note of these decorating tricks to help you create the impression of a taller room.
Load More Stories

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