A Calm and Sophisticated One-Bedroom Condo Unit

Neutral colors and interesting textures complete a versatile mix that makes this 64sqm space extra special

Photography: Jilson Tiu Interior Designer: Iris Ocampo

Designing a home—whether it’s a multi-storey apartment or a tiny condo unit—involves careful planning, finalizing colors, and choosing pieces that match the owner’s tastes. If you’re moving into a space meant to be shared with friends or other family members, it’s also important that each occupant has a say on the elements that would complete the home. While it can be difficult to find a neutral ground, you can make it happen by working with a monochromatic palette and textures that complement your chosen colors—doing so can make it easier for everyone to update the look of the space with accessories, knickknacks, and other personal picks.

For this 64sqm, one-bedroom unit, interior designer Iris Ocampo did just that. She chose a modern minimalist theme to make it flexible and appealing to possible owners. Touches of gray and white lend a soothing feel to the space as well as give it an elegant edge that’s still comfortable and inviting.

Living and Dining Areas

An open layout keeps the unit from being cramped. The living and dining areas occupy the main space upon entrance—allowing the owners and their guests to interact and move around freely. According to Iris, in such a small space, the different areas may have to serve more than one function. In this case, the living area can be an extension of the dining nook, while the dining area can double as a work or study nook.

Dining Area

To save on floor space, a compact dining set—featuring a square dining table and matching tufted dining chairs with nailhead trim—was chosen. Meanwhile, the mirror panels help make the entire unit seem more spacious.

Living Area

To balance out the touches of gray, a 3D white accent wall highlighting geometric patterns serves as the focal point in the living area. Since most of the pieces are in neutral colors, the patterns can easily grab the attention of guests and serve as a conversation starter.

Living Area

Since Iris also wanted the owners to feel relaxed and at ease, she chose furnishings that evoke a comforting, hotel-like feel. Thick drapes add a touch of elegance while the shag rug matches the palette and floor finish.

Living Area

Instead of having a one big sofa taking up the floor area, Irish chose to add a sectional piece, with a table in the middle to keep the look light and functional. The table can hold books, magazines, and even some refreshments. It also helps break the monotony of gray in the space while shining the spotlight on the accent wall and lovely lamp.

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Living Area

Whether it's a weekend meant for movie marathons, a good book, or simply taking a break from social media—this corner is the sweet spot. Iris worked with shades of gray for the pillows to keep the look from being too plain and boring.

The best part about neutral colors is you can use it anywhere around the house! It can also be paired with other muted tones to create a timeless aesthetic.

Living Area

From the living area, one can admire the openness and cohesive look of the space. To avoid clutter and free up floor space, a cantilevered entertainment console in oak finish completes the look. Aside from keeping wires and connections concealed, it also helps create an illusion of space as the console seem to be floating; set against the full-height wall mirrors.


While the living and dining areas have neutral colors, the bedroom has hints of blue to perfectly match it.


Meant for rest and some quiet time, the bedroom showcases calming colors to create a serene and tranquil ambiance. While the neutral tones are still very evident, Iris injected hints of blue to liven it up and add an invigorating touch.


Aside from the table lamp, vertical cove lighting was also added to illuminate the space and give it a homey feel. The cabinet on the other side of the room provides ample storage for clothes, extra sheets, and other personal belongings.


Iris's signature window seat not only gives the owner a place to meditate, read a book, or admire the view of the city—tt can also accommodate friends who are staying for a sleepover. The best part? It has secret compartments where you can store a few things, too.

Planning to build your dream home or have your space renovated? Get in touch with interior designer Iris Ocampo via mobile at 0917-810-4088. You can also e-mail IEO Interior Design & Construction at[at] Visit their Facebook page to see more projects.

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