Nature-Inspired Touches for a 22sqm Condo in Quezon City

Design consultants Chico Velas and Melwyn Arrubio work together on this second home for a small family

Photography: Marc Jao Styling: Therese Dehesa Design Consultant: Chico Velas and Melwyn Arrubio

Once you have invested in a condo unit for you and your family, what is the next step? The owners of this 22sqm studio in Quezon City decided to use their new property as a second home and a "hotel room" for visiting friends and relatives

In order to create the ideal place for the family and their guests, design consultants Chico Velas and Melwyn Arrubio of Boxform Interior Design used earth colors and wooden elements. They also ordered customized furniture to make sure that the pieces would perfectly fit in the small space. 

Living and Dining Area

Design consultant Chico Velas shares that the homeowners actually bought two units right next to each other. This unit has a warm neutral color scheme and the other one will have a cool neutral color palette.

Living and Dining Area

The warm neutral palette makes this unit feel like a tropical haven in the middle of a concrete jungle. The natural look is reinforced through the use of a wooden wall treatment with cove lighting

Living Area Detail

The customized tufted sofa is paired with orange throw pillows. Vibrant colors like orange and green are used throughout the compact home.

Dining Area

Instead of using a plain mirror for the TV wall in the dining area, Chico and Melwyn used beveled mirrors for a surprising look. 

Dining Table

The dining table is set with classic dinnerware and cutlery. For a touch of color and to match the rest of the shades in the condo, the dining table is also completed with green napkins.


The design consultants used the standard kitchen cabinets that came with the unit but they re-laminated the doors. The new dark laminate now matches the dark wood elements and furniture in the small home.

To brighten up the space, the kitchen wall is lined with orange glass backsplash.


If you would like to make the most of a small bedroom, you should install more lights. Lights will open up a tiny space, making it seem bigger than it actually is. Chico says that lights can also highlight the design elements in any place.


To make the bedroom feel cozy and comfortable, the homeowners invested in soft pillows and crisp white sheets. A printed throw pillow and a fully upholstered chair complete the private space.


The homeowners decided to keep most of the standard fixtures and details in the unit's simple bathroom. 


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