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Blue-Green Touches Liven Up This Scandi-Inspired Condo Unit

Imperial Architects + Design shows how you can achieve the well-loved aesthetic with pops of color

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Photography: OLA Interior Photography Interior Designer: Imperial Architects + Design

When it comes to nailing Scandinavian-inspired interiors, you’re not limited to touches of wood, white, and neutrals. As seen in this 80sqm, two-bedroom condo home designed by Imperial Architects + Design, you can still achieve the same vibe by combining wood, neutral colors, and a refreshing shade like blue-green.

“The clients wanted a Luxe-Scandinavian style and the goal was to design a unit that looks spacious, inviting, relaxing, and stylish,” explains the designers. Led by Arch. Zaldy and Sheena Imperial, the design team was able to transform the unit into a welcoming space that’s functional, warm, and with a sense of luxury that’s not too overpowering.

Despite the limitations brought about by the pandemic, Zaldy and Sheena were able to deliver a home that reflects the owners while meeting their requirements of having enough storage and room to display their collections. “This home is special because it was not just designed to be occupied for habitation but to be enjoyed by the owners which is also why we made sure to give emphasis on their favorite hue. After all, colors that make us happy can bring a positive mood, a different kind of energy, and can make you feel alive,” share Zaldy and Sheena.

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Take a peek inside the condo home below:

Foyer


To make the most of the space, the designers created a mini foyer by the main door. They were able to add a shoe cabinet, storage for small items, and a nook for sanitizing essentials. “We also wanted to enhance this part of the home with the owner’s Mayon Volcano artwork. This priceless piece is more than just an old painting. It was given by the man of the house’s great-grandfather,” explains the design team.

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Kitchen


Separating the kitchen from the rest of the unit is a small partition installed between the full-height shoe cabinet and the entrance to the cooking area.


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To maximize the partition, they also created a small shelf on the left of the countertop where spreads and condiments can be kept.


While the existing laminate color of the cabinets were kept, they injected the owners’ favorite color through the mosaic backsplash in a shade of blue that perfectly complements the white countertop and cabinets.

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“We also replaced the existing black countertops with a white Carrara marble countertop to achieve not just a luxe vibe, but a cleaner, brighter, and spacious look as well,” explain Zaldy and Sheena.

Find similar tiles at Mosaic Tiles Philippines.

Dining Area


The dining area welcomes guests into the space and the design team wants to make a lasting first impression. “We wanted to visually trick the eye of a wider space by adding window-looking mirrors,” they share. The chosen mirrors not only double as wall accents, each piece also amplifies the light coming from the unit’s windows, making the dining area brighter and more luxurious.

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The velvet dining chairs are in the owner’s favorite color to tie it with the rest of the unit.

Find a similar dining set at Furniture Republic.


Next to the dining table is a coffee nook where the owners’ coffee machines are kept. To showcase the liquor collection, an open shelf was incorporated into the overhead cabinet with the accent color as backing.

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Living Area


Neutrals dominate the living area, with inviting seating pieces that are ideal for relaxing. What really catches the eye in this part of the unit is the painting by National Artist, Abdulmari Imao. The painting’s colors work well with the furniture pieces and the geometric wallpaper.

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Find similar pieces at West Elm.


The designers’ goal in the living area is to create a space that’s not just for lounging, but for working, too, since the clients, who are both lawyers, work from home. To achieve this, they added a full window ledge that extends to the TV cabinet and can work as a desk. The open shelf holds the owners’ collection of toys and vinyl, adding personality to the space. “The center table also has a lift-top mechanism, making it ideal to use as a desk and to keep small items inside,” the team adds.

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Hallway


The hallway is one of the owners’ favorites in the unit. “We don’t want to keep it blank so we incorporated their favorite hue on the ceiling then added a nice gold track light to draw attention to the mini gallery featuring family photos and a painting made by a National Artist,” explains the design team.

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Kiddie Room


Cute and charming, the kiddie room has enough storage and spacious enough for the owners’ future child. They wanted it fun and playful which the designers delivered. The bunk bed is sturdy enough to accommodate even the young at heart, plus the perimeter is designed to let air and light flow freely into the sleeping area while keeping the occupant safe.

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The space below the sleeping area can function as a play and reading nook.

Master Bedroom


Simple, functional, and hotel-like, the master bedroom features a bed frame with drawers the provide enough storage for the owners’ belongings.


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The designers were able to maximize the space by adding a floating vanity area with shelves, a big arch mirror, drawers, and a side cabinet. “We also chose a ceiling light that has mood levels from daylight to warm light,” say the designers.

Bathrooms



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The designers retained the existing tiles in both bathrooms. Since the T&Bs already have shower enclosures, they just addressed the need for storage. To add the storage the owners needed, they added overhead cabinets and a wide vanity mirror cabinet with strip lighting.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with Imperial Architects + Design on Facebook. You can also email them at info.imperialarchitect.design[at]gmail.com.

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