Earth Colors for a 31sqm Condo in Manila

Interior designer Ben Francis Nasayao chooses shades and other elements inspired by nature for this one-bedroom unit

Photography: Marc Jao Styling: Therese Dehesa Interior Designer: Ben Francis Nasayao

There are many reasons why people choose a nature-inspired look for their own homes. First of all, earth colors can help create a soothing and relaxing vibe for the personal space. Secondly, a neutral color scheme can easily appeal to every member of the family. Finally, as in the case of this 31sqm condo along Roxas Boulevard, the nature-inspired style also helps the homeowners feel like they are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Since the unit was turned over bare, interior designer Ben Francis Nasayao made it cozy with earth colors, flora and fauna patterns, and space-saving solutions. The brown, green, and blue color scheme is paired with birds and flowers that adorn the tables and shelves. Ben also made the one-bedroom unit appear larger by retaining the white walls, installing a window-shaped mirror, and proper furniture placement.

Living and Dining Areas

A short hallway from the front door leads to the living and dining areas. Since the layout of the unit was acceptable already, Ben reveals that there was no need for a major renovation. He just arranged the furniture efficiently to make the most of the given space.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a gray sofa bed made inviting with a knitted throw and cream, green, and blue throw pillows. Since a coffee table would make the space seem too tight and cramped, Ben chose a pair of stools and a ceramic ottoman with a colorful peacock print.

Sofa Bed

Although the sofa bed was only purchased straight from SM Home, it looks unique because of the pillows with different colors, prints, and fabrics. A throw is also draped over one side for a warm and cozy feel. The wall behind the sofa bed is decorated with framed leaf prints.

Flora and Fauna

In line with the nature-inspired theme, the entertainment console is topped with a wooden bird decor and faux flowers in a green pot.

Dining Area

Since the living area only has one window, Ben installed a window-like mirror from Dimensione. It increases the light in the area and makes the space seem bigger than it actually is. It is also more charming than a plain framed mirror.

Dining Area

To save on space, the dining table from SM Home leans against the wall. It also has hidden drawers that can be used to keep dinnerware and table linen.

Dining Area Detail

The colors used for the unit are all present on top of the dining table. The faux topiaries, green apples, and multi-hued plates make the tabletop more interesting.

Wall-mounted Shelves

The wall-mounted shelves are filled with wooden crates, mason jars, and cookie jars. The cookie jars also have flora and fauna prints: pretty birds and sweet flowers. 


According to Ben, the homeowner wanted to have the photo wall facing the bed. The photo wall is covered in framed family pictures that are all in black-and-white. The bed is another store-bought piece from Our Home.


Ben also kept the same tiles and fixtures in the bathroom. To make the space more personalized, it is completed with faux plants and a "wooden" hamper.


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