Japandi-Meets-Minimalist in This 24sqm Studio Unit
Interior designer Kris Vergara took inspiration from contemporary Japandi and minimalist styles to create a clean and homey feel
In bringing this 24sqm studio unit in Bonifacio Global City to life, interior designer Kris Vergara of K|MERAKI Interior Design Studio delightfully paired neutrals, sage green, and wooden touches to achieve the contemporary Japandi-meets-minimalist look she’s going for.
Since the client is based in the United States, Kris stayed on top of the construction management, making sure every step of the process was done meticulously. Given the size of the unit, she settled on an open layout and then proceeded to complete it with well-thought-out furniture pieces, storage solutions, and small-space hacks.
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Take a tour of the 24sqm unit below:
From the Door
You can see how mirrors are incorporated into the space which helps visually enlarge the unit. Kris got most of the furniture and lighting pieces from IKEA and Furniture Source.
Aside from the wall hooks, one of the things easily noticeable in the foyer is the wall treatment. “The wood cladding warmly encases the wall and there’s a white shoe cabinet that also serves as a console,” the designer adds.
There’s also a gallery featuring paintings that depict nature that draw the eye up.
Kitchen and Dining Areas
According to Kris, she started “refreshing” the look of the unit in the kitchen. “It’s one of the most important spaces which often sets the main style and direction for the rest of the spaces,” she explains. Meanwhile, the dining nook furnished with a round table and light chairs also serves as a work area.
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“In designing the kitchen, we used mainly natural materials like wood, ceramic, and concrete,” says Kris. There are so many eye-catching elements in the cooking area such as the sage green + white kitchen cabinets and the tiles installed vertically with black tile grout.
“The kitchen’s backsplash creates cohesiveness with the granite countertop,” the designer adds. Kris made sure to complete the area with modern kitchen fixtures and under-cabinet strip lights which come in handy when prepping meals.
The right furniture pieces can help separate areas in a small space. For the dining nook, the transparent ghost chairs and the three-seater circular tulip table help define it.
“The encased mirror is another effective widening solution and dividing technique for a compact living space,” shares Kris. Aside from this execution of the mirrors, panels can also be installed separately to also create an accent wall.
According to Kris, they chose a sage green palette for the closet as it “explores our connection to nature.” The ceiling fan also has a lighting component to help illuminate the unit at night.
The warm wood slatted wall functions not only as a feature wall but as part of the headboard as well. “It mirrors the other side of the wall to create effective zoning,” explains the designer. Meanwhile, the white modern wall lamps mounted on the slatted wall can be adjusted and used when reading.
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From this angle, you can see the wood-slatted wall that mirrors the headboard. “With the dining room and kitchen located so close to the sleeping area, accent colors and textures take on an increased importance in the visual division of space,” Kris says. From here you can see the split between the kitchen’s gray wall and the sleeping area’s wooden wall.
By the window is a floating ledge that can be used for storage and displaying favorite things. Wall-mounted shelves and storage solutions are great options, especially in compact spaces with limited floorspace.
Notice the full-height mirror earlier? It’s a sliding door that opens up to the bathroom. Kris decided to switch the swing-out door with a sleeker, space-saving option.
Kris says that “fully-fitted furniture makes the most of this compact room.” To avoid clutter, there’s a sink cabinet with drawers, open shelf storage, and a cabinet mirror with LED lights. “Gray linear lines were used in the wall in a vertical orientation as a perfect zoning of the water closet space,” she adds.
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The other side of the bathroom features the shower area defined by muted beige tiles and a glass shower enclosure. To make the most of the narrow wall space, Kris installed two button towel holders as well.
Interested to work with IDr. Kris Vergara? Get in touch with her through email at kmerakiinteriors[at]gmail.com. You can also follow @kmeraki_interiors on Instagram.
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