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5 Ways to Style a Tiny Living Area

Pick your furniture pieces wisely

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Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

In any home, the living area serves different purposes. Aside from being the special place where we welcome and entertain guests, it’s also where we spend quality time with the family, relish some downtime, and take quick naps, to name a few. Those who live in tiny homes try to make the most of a limited space by carving out a living area even with just a few key pieces. If you only have a small living area to work with, you can still make it functional and inviting with the right furniture, décor, and styling ideas. Let the spaces below serve as your pegs:

Define it with a huge sectional sofa.


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In this condo unit, the living area also functions as a study nook. To make sure the owner can accommodate her schoolmates for study sessions and get-togethers, stylist Julienne Cruz opted for a roomy sofa in gray to complement the pastel touches on the walls.


Since the sofa is already taking up too much space, she paired it with tables, shelves, and a chair with sleek lines to maintain the airy and spacious look of the unit.

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Keep the look open with curated furniture.


What if you only have a teeny-tiny area to work with? Take your cue from the photo above by picking a compact couch with slim legs that add to the sleek and contemporary aesthetic. Anchor the area with a pretty area rug and choose a square center table that allows you to move around freely.

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Pick a comfy couch and go for an open look.


Since the owner does yoga in the living area, it’s a must to have enough space. To create the living area she needs, the design team from Espasyo Manila opted to spruce it up with a sleek sofa and an area rug. The open space in front of the seating piece is big enough to allow the owner to do her exercises. Worried about storage? You can always go for built-in shelves and cabinets.

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Choose a striking sofa.


Take the attention away from the limited space by shopping for a captivating sofa that can also serve as the focal point of your home. In this 17sqm unit designed by interior designer Willie Garcia, the owner got a quirky yet comfy sofa from Wilcon Depot. The seating piece defines the compact living/lounge area in the unit. A shag rug also adds warmth to the setup.

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Shop for small-space favorites.


If you’ve run out of options and looks to try, you can always depend on small-space must-haves like sofa beds and ottomans. In this unit designed by interior designer Kimi Manuel, there’s a sofa bed that allows the owner to entertain guests. It can also function as an extra sleeping space when needed. Instead of picking a center table, an ottoman can be seen in the middle—it can hold décor pieces while also serving as extra seating piece.

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