Get Happy in this Loft-Type Condo Unit Defined by Pop Colors

Interior designer Noreen Pineda creates a sweet Neo Art Deco-inspired rental home

Photography: Dianara Capistrano Interior Designer: Noreen Pineda

Choosing to rent out a condo unit involves turning the space into a comfortable and memorable place to stay in so you’ll have repeat guests who’ll recommend your unit to their friends, too. How do you make a rental home noteworthy? A picture-perfect design definitely plays a role. In designing this 40sqm loft-type condo unit, interior designer Noreen Pineda wanted to leave a lasting impression while differentiating it from other condo units for rent.

“Since it was going to be used as an Airbnb, my immediate thought was it had to be photogenic and unique from the other units in the area. The main inspiration was to create a sense of flow and rhythm with the use of round and curvilinear shapes as well as the application of pop colors to convey happy emotions,” she shares.

And happy you’ll be as soon as you step inside the unit! Pops of bright colors immediately catch your attention and in interesting shapes at that. With many rental units going for the clean, minimalist look, this condo goes the other route. “I noticed that most of the tenants are my age and looking for a place to stay in where they can take pictures. They also prefer spaces that are Instagram-worthy and photogenic. I’m lucky the owners trusted my vision,” the designer explains. Be in high spirits as you take a look around the condo unit below:

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Common areas

The common areas are on the unit’s first floor, with the bedroom and bathroom found on the loft. From the main door, guests can see the dining nook and living area – with the kitchen found on the right.


Dining area 

The compact dining area features a Scandinavian style dining set for two. Noreen chose furniture pieces that aren’t too bulky given the space. “The space limitations were a challenge because you can only put specific sizes of furniture. As a designer, it’s important to maximize the available space and to plan the area properly to make sure it’s still user-friendly,” she explains.



How do you liven up a tiny kitchen? You can never go wrong with the right tiles and colors! In this cooking area, Noreen opted for white subway tiles (a no-fail pick) and a sweet pink color for the beam above. The designer also had the kitchen counter extended to be able to add an extra cabinet. “We just bought a small cooktop which is cheaper and more space-efficient,” she shares.


Living Area


Big windows are considered as blessings in a condo unit because they help make the space look bigger while letting in plenty of natural light. To make the most of the living area, Noreen incorporated a window seat that can double as an extra sleeping space when needed. “It actually helps conceal the AC unit ventilation and maintenance. We had cushions customized to fit the raised platform then had the front part painted white,” she explains.


A two-seater upholstered sofa makes for an inviting hangout spot that’s perfect for watching TV. Behind the seating piece is one of the unit’s charming wall accents. “I tried to avoid using laminates and veneers for the wall designs and just used paint in a creative manner to make the space livelier. I asked the contractor to do a pencil drawing or ‘pitik’ on the wall before having it painted,” the designer explains.


Working with colors can be tricky, especially when it comes to choosing shades that complement each other. Pink and yellow create a dynamic combo in this corner, don’t you think? 

RL Tip: If you want to do something similar in your own space, you can get started by picking three to five colors that work well and then identifying the areas where you want to showcase them. These areas can instantly become the focal points of your space so choose wisely! It can be in the living area, dining nook, or in your bedroom to work as a faux headboard.



Mirroring the psychedelic feel of the common areas, the bedroom highlights colors in varying yet complementing shades. Noreen created a focal point by painting circles and shapes above the bed. The color orange might be striking, but it’s perfectly balanced out by the touches of yellow and pink.


Noreen maximized the available space by opting to furnish it with a full-sized bed instead of a single bed. When furnishing a small space, measurements are vital! Measure the area you’re working on and bring that when you shop for furniture to make sure the pieces you’re eyeing will fit in the space.

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 Get in touch with interior designer Noreen Pineda at [email protected]

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