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Yes, You Can Use Wood In Small Spaces

Come home to a cozy haven that's far from being cramped

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Photography: Dairy Darilag and Jilson Tiu

Whether you dream of having an industrial or rustic haven, wood is one of the go-to materials you can work with to achieve the theme. While it can instantly add warmth to a space, too much of it may result in a dark, confined haven that you won’t feel comfortable in. To help you incorporate this material seamlessly into your space, here are tips from interior designers Chino Carlos and Miah Gomez to keep in mind:

1. Opt for wooden modular furniture.


These pieces are easy to assemble and keep when needed. Think modular cabinets, shelves, and other storage pieces you can add to your space. Consider having these units in your kitchen or bedroom.

2. Go for the right scale.

Consider the space where you intend to place the piece. Make sure it doesn't get in the way of the flow of traffic. Measure the area where you want to add the item and have it customized accordingly. You can also buy items from stores—just don't forget to double check its measurements.

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3. Consider the function.

Even if it complements the look of your space, it doesn't mean that you must immediately go for one piece. When it comes to living in a tiny space, function comes first over style. The piece needs to help you make the most of your home.

4. Opt for good finishes.

Feel free to use varying tones, but stick to a certain shade that complements the rest of the wooden pieces in your home. Remember that medium- to light-finished wood must-haves look less bulky and are ideal for small spaces.


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5. Use it as an accent.

If you're not too keen on adding wooden pieces, you may opt to have a wooden accent wall instead. It can define an area or spruce up a plain corner in your space. Make sure that your chosen finish complements your home's overall color scheme.

This snippet originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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