Calming Colors for a One-Bedroom Condo

A bachelorette's one-bedroom abode blooms with light colors, mod furnishings, and decorative solutions that cover flaws.

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Styling: Kristine Neri-Magturo Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

Living solo for the very first time can leave a new homeowner with staggering problems. Luckily, interior designers can help decorate a newfound territory to suit the unique lifestyle and needs of the resident.

Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo was given free reign to spruce up a client's first major investment. In roughly two months, the small unit was transformed into a home that reflects the homeowner's style and personality.

Original article by Kathleen Valle. Styling by Kristine Neri-Magturo. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno.

 Read the original article ("Pretty in the City") in the March 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Room

Choose a large couch to go well with shag carpet and low coffee table. Make sure their lines point outward to elongate space.

Living Area

Recessed lighting creates a subtle glow in this living area.

Living Colors

Colors are introduced through pillows which jazz up an neutral-hued couch.

Living Area

Floor-to-ceiling mirrors create an illusion of space.

Entertainment center

Keep things low and horizontal to elongate the illusion of space. A white ledge was custom made for speakers and a flatscreen TV. Meanwhile vertically-oriented decors such as vases and plants play up the high ceiling.

Dining Room

More floor-to-ceiling mirrors are used to double the space of the dining area. One can create the illusion of more room with the use of translucent chairs and a glass-topped table.


The mix of white furniture and glass and mirror accents can result in a ethereal look for the bedroom. Instead of a side console, a glass-covered study table looms beside the bed to offer a study and work area.


A padded headboard increases the illusion of a high ceiling. A mirror-encased side table bounces off light from a lamp. Objects with reflective surfaces can double vistas of space especially in a small condo unit.

Bedroom Study Table

Sitting on top of a mirrored console is a framed 1959 sketch by Federico Aguilar Alcuaz. Investing in good art can lead to an appreciation of prices, as well as great look for the home.


A look of comfort can be attained by creating a built-in day bed near the bedroom window. One may hide an awkward column in the corner of the room with a stylized wood patterns. Flaws can be covered up by inventions that add a dash of style.

Cozy Nook

Temper the look of hard surfaces by introducing soft furniture in your bedroom. Since the homeowner requested for an airy space, the interior decorator avoided loud colors. Instead, one may opt for white-on-white tones and well-placed accessories.

Go with the flaw

The unsightly air conditioning condenser was encased in a cushioned ledge that holds the day bed. Customizing solutions can create a seamless, coherent look.


Use stainless steel fixtures and stark white appointments to adorn a bathroom. You want this room to look as clean as possible. To maximize space, mount a shelf above the sink to hold toiletries and other stuff.


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