A 63sqm Cozy Contemporary Condo Unit
Neutral shades and layered textures complete this light and airy two-bedroom home
When it comes to building dream homes, there’s always a list of non-negotiables—each corner needs to be functional, furniture should be well-thought-out, décor must be on point, and comfort should never be compromised. Many homeowners would also love to have a maaliwalas space—airy and bright—without losing the distinct warmth and inviting feel of home.
Those who’ve decided to invest in a condo unit may find it difficult to achieve just the right balance of these elements in such a limited space, but with the right layout and design—the possibilities are endless. In this 63sqm, two-bedroom unit designed by interior designer Irene Enriquez, an airy feel was achieved with a delightful mix of light colors, smart solutions, and pieces that seem to complement each other. The result is a laid-back home that's reminiscent of a boutique hotel—just like how the owner and designer envisioned it.
Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Irene Enriquez through e-mail at: idesign.inquiries[at]gmail.com.
To make the space feel bigger than it really is, beveled full-length mirrors were placed in different parts of the condo—one of which is in the living area. The space is dominated by shades of cream, white, and gray to keep the vibe light and airy. Meanwhile, a pair of ghost chairs provide extra seating.
Since this unit highlights a lot of textures, Irene chose to work with white glass curtains and cream roll-ups for the windows. These picks let the sunlight in while still giving the owners privacy. Just like in many small spaces, there's more to this area than meets the eye. It features dimmable LED lights which allows the owner to tweak the lighting according to use—from general to ambient lighting.
We especially loved the wooden detail behind the LED TV. It somehow echoes the feel of the property and gives the space a tropical touch.
The white cabinet houses the home theatre system—keeping the area clean and streamlined.
"The unit is special in several ways. First, there is plenty of built-in storage," Irene says. The sofa in the living area features concealed cabinets underneath the seats. These compartments are perfect for storing magazines, extra pillows, and even shoes.
The dining set can seat four people comfortably. Since the unit is dominated by shades of white and light colors, the gray upholstery and dark wood finish stand out on the far side of the room. Succulents and other small potted plants add a refreshing touch of green to the space.
Top-of-the-line appliances define the compact kitchen. The countertops are kept clean and free from clutter to avoid a cramped look.
The cooking corner's defining element is the backsplash featuring small horizontal stone mosaic tiles in an off-white shade. According to Irene, this color blends nicely with the stainless steel appliances.
The master bedroom is nothing short of inviting and relaxing. The 12'' mattress is made more comfortable with white and cream sheets while the framed black-and-white photographs add depth and contrast to the the space.
Some of the things we loved best in the room are the iron furniture pieces and the gorgeous drop lights that pop out in the hotel-like space. It balances out the dainty pieces and light shades in the room.
Since the bedroom is meant for rest and relaxation, it needs to be clutter-free, comfortable, and calming. To accomplish this, shelves were added to give the owners a place for their belongings. The bed also has a pull-out shelf for shoes.
To keep the ambiance soothing, Irene combined roll-ups—to control the natural light streaming into the space as well as to limit the heat from the sun—and blackout curtains to assure the occupant that he or she can enjoy a restful sleep.
The bathroom evokes simplicity and elegance—with fixtures and accessories kept to a minimum. This allows the owners to go about their business minus the fuss.
Just like the master bedroom, the second room features a stately bed with luxe sheets. A few similarities also include—the same curtains and window treatment and a bed with extra storage underneath. The shelves on both sides of the bed allow the owner to display plants and other decor—these two also have LED strip lighting that cast a gentle illumination.
Upon entrance to the room, one would immediately notice the beautiful decorative wall lamp that also serves as wall art when not in use. To keep the look of the room cohesive, the sheets and furnishings also feature circular prints and patterns to go with the lamp.
A mirror covers the right wall to double up the space.
To give the occupant a special place where he or she can read or get some work done, a sleek table was added at the foot of the bed. Completing the setup is another ghost chair.