RL Tips: Decorating Your Room

The RL team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!


From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela (rug).

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Choosing the right rug

Q. How do I choose the right rug and rug color for each room? —Mrs. A. De Leon

A. Consider the function of each room. Rug piles vary, and the shaggy ones are commonly used for bedroom spaces. Loop piles are good for home offices, and cut piles work well in living spaces. What is the character of the house?  What is the style of furniture?  These questions may aid you to decide on the color, and whether to go for cotton, silk, leather, or synthetic rugs. —Hannah Acab-Faustino, interior designer

Sprucing up your room.

Q. If I want to spruce up my room, what do I invest in? I currently have a dark wood bed, built-in cabinet and shelves, a colorful striped rug, an ugly black side table, and a white sculptural lamp. —Lana, Mandaluyong City

A. I can feel that you HATE that black side table. You are also not afraid of color since you have that striped rug. Paint one of your walls an accent color and give that side table a much-needed makeover.—Maica Rivera, interior designer

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