Must-Read Styling Guidelines For Small Bedrooms

Interior designer Van Acuna-Solana shares tips on how to make a small bedroom look spacious and inviting

Original Article: Sunshine Selga Funa Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Small spaces are a challenge to style as it is—but having to deal with a tiny bedroom is even harder. Aside from having limited floor area, it can easily look dark and cramped—keeping it from being conducive to rest or sleep. To help you avoid this dilemma, here are some styling tips from interior designer Van Acuna-Solana that you can try: 

1. Keep clutter hidden.

In case there’s not much space for additional storage units, Van dishes out this trick: “Ang pinakamanagandang tip para hindi makita ang clutter is to cover it na lang!” Try using the curtain trick for things you can’t avoid but storing in your home.

READ: 5 Unexpected Uses For Curtains

2. Go for sleek furniture pieces.

According to Van, you should avoid setting up storage too high. Stick to low console tables or drawers, and always make sure there’s room for the dweller to pass and move around.

3. Repaint furniture if needed.

Para di magmukhang another furniture, ginagawa ko s’yang same color as the wall para may continuity lang,” Van shares. If you have a lot of built-in pieces, consider painting them in one color for a unified and streamlined feel.

4. Go for just one color.

“Light colors lang dapat, monochromatic para hindi separate tingnan yung walls.”Using too many colors can make a space look too busy and distracting—consider going for more subdued tones to create the illusion of a larger space.

Read the original article (Ho-hum to Hotel) in the February 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. 

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