Modern Industrial Style for a 94sqm Condo in Mandaluyong

Architect Karl Contreras chose an updated industrial look for his two-bedroom unit

Photography: Marc Jao Styling: Therese Dehesa

What do we love best about industrial-style homes? Many homeowners love the industrial style because it looks cool and modern. Since the look is defined by details that are supposed to look bare and simple, it is also easier to maintain.

For a more playful feel, Architect Karl Contreras and wife Kathleen paired bare concrete and white brick walls with bright colors and geometric patterns in their 94sqm condo along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong


When newlyweds Karl and Kathleen Contreras moved into their two-bedroom condo, they paid close attention to the space that would welcome them into their first home together.

They stripped the paint off one wall to create a bare concrete accent wall. They also put up a chalkboard wall and a floor-to-ceiling mirror for an interesting look.

Dining Area

The newly stripped bare concrete wall now serves as an accent wall in this couple's dining area. They spruced up the wall with a colorful piece that they purchased while on vacation in Hong Kong

The space is furnished with a gray sofa bed, a pair of reproduction Eames molded plastic side chairs, and a wooden dining table

Floor Plan on Chalkboard Wall

Architect Karl used flat latex paint to create a DIY chalkboard wall. He spruced up the surface with a charming drawing of the home's floor plan.

Living Area

To make the small space seem more open and spacious, the living area is kept simple. The space is furnished only with another gray sofa bed, another white Eames-inspired chair, and a green shag rug

Another way to open up the living area is to install a window! A window will bring more light in and make the room seem bigger than it actually is.

Living Area

An acoustic guitar on a black stand is displayed in this corner of the living area. Behind this musical instrument is a wooden ledge that came with the two-bedroom unit.

Karl's Drawing

The wooden ledge is adorned with framed pictures and an intricate drawing by architect Karl.

Wooden Shelves

On the other side of the living area is a tall wooden shelf filled with books and toys.


While they are saving up to renovate their kitchen, the couple decided to stick to the standard fixtures and finishes in this cooking corner. The standard light wooden cabinets and gray countertops are complemented with new white racks used to store condiments

Guest Bedroom

The sofa bed in the dining area is actually an L-shaped sofa! Since both sections cannot fit in the living or dining areas, it was moved to this guest bedroom.

The space is completed with a gray sofa bed topped with mismatched pillows and a simple office desk paired with another Eames-inspired chair.

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom is spruced up with a white brick wall that complements the light blue walls. Leaning against this particular wall is a yellow painting by artist Ian Fulgar

Master Bedroom

At the end of the short hallway is the master bedroom. For more privacy, the couple partly concealed the bed with a customized wooden divider.

Just like the dining area, paint was stripped off to create a bare concrete wall. At the opposite end is a white brick wall for an industrial look

Master Bathroom

Just like the kitchen, most of the materials and fixtures in the master bathroom were retained. However, this particular space was personalized with powder blue walls and framed pictures of the homeowners.

Master Bathroom

The master bathroom is also spruced up with a unique mirror and cabinet! We love the rustic feel of this special piece.


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