A 60sqm Townhouse with a Light-Hued Palette and Clean Lines

Streamlined, stylish fixtures and the absence of dark colors transform a tiny townhouse into a cozy and inviting private sanctum

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn GS Guanzon Styling: Wilan Dayrit Interior Designer: Wilan Dayrit

Space is always an important consideration for those living in the metropolis. That’s why when interior designer Wilan Dayrit was consigned to work on a 60sqm townhouse, his initial goal was to “make it bigger” and brighter. “[My clients are] very OC with having a clean house. You won’t actually spot alikabok in [their] house.”

Wilan’s solution to maximize the use of space and make a tiny confine appear bigger was to make everything streamlined. “Marami siyang gamit, but then, hindi yung nag-aagawan [sa space].  In such a small room, ang dami-daming kailangang i-fit. Yun yung talagang concern namin. And then, we tried to make it workable for the client,” says the designer.

The original dark flooring was also replaced with a more neutral one, one that’s lighter in shade, and the rest of the house’s interior followed suit: Cream, gold, and yellow became the primary swatches of the palette, punctuated by red, green, and white for the kids’ bedrooms. Different materials and textures—wood, marble, ceramics, and fabric—also came to play in this house that conveys an elegant yet still welcoming Asian flair.

Original article by Katherine Lopez. Styling by Wilan Dayrit. Pictorial direction by Gwyn GS Guanzon. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Tale of a Tiny Townhouse") in the January-February 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details. 


Wall mirrors were added to the foyer, achieving the effect of making the house look bigger and brighter upon one’s entry into the home.

Living Area

A three-tiered end table next to the cream-colored couch is the perfect fixture to keep clutter at bay. The beige shag rug separates the living area from the dining area.

Living Area Detail

The entire space follows a neutral motif, with light shades of brown mingling with ecru. Far from being bland and boring, the living area keeps the atmosphere cozy and casual.

Dining Area

The glass-topped dining table which can seat six is flanked by reproductions of Danish designer’s Hans Wegner’s Wishbone Chair.

Dining Area Detail

To further add to the airiness of the area, the space faces the house’s pocket garden.

Kitchen Detail

The bar counter separates the dining area from the kitchen, which is dominated by wood. Framed Asian prints inject a creative touch to this functional space.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom echoes the ambiance that Wilan had set out to achieve—warm, soothing, and inviting. Wooden furniture, brown and white sheets, and a predominantly bare cream-colored wall make up the elements as a precursor to a good night’s sleep.

Kiddie Room

The youngest son’s Cars-inspired room provides a vibrant pop of color in the neutral-hued home.

Tween Room

The refreshing mix of lime green, pink, and lavender is a unique display of the occupant’s personality. Lime green is cool to the eyes, pink definitely connotes a touch of girliness, while lavender keeps the room from being too sweet and frilly and lends an edgy, creative vibe.

Red and White Room

This bedroom, occupied by a twentysomething, sports a red-and-white palette. The white walls are the perfect canvass should the occupant decide to switch colors, while the red accents are classy yet modern.

Powder Room

Like the rest of the house, the powder room is simple and has a contemporary Asian feel. The wood-framed mirror and wooden sink base give a Filipiniana warmth to the area.


Not all walls need to look alike to form a cohesive picture. The dark, distressed wall surprisingly works with the juxtaposed white-tiled wall. Glass walls are a clean alternative to bulky dividers that separate the shower area from the toilet and sink.

Attic/TV Room

The attic doubles as the family’s TV room. The low, sloping ceiling makes the room cozy and not cramped, and pinlights provide a soft, warm glow to the area. A huge lounge chair and daybed invite one to plop down and enjoy a movie marathon. Two framed prints mounted on the wall and another one that sits on the floor beside the daybed add an artistic touch without making the room seem busier than usual.

Pocket Garden

Glass sliding doors lead to this pocket of peace that’s truly Asian in its look and layout. The wall is lined with sandstone with plants added on the left and right. Trellis covered in polycarbonate makes up the ceiling.


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