New York-inspired design for a 50sqm one-bedroom condo

Urban decorative touches and modular pieces combine style and function in this compact condo space

Original Article: Kathleen Valle Photography: Vincent Coscolluela Pictorial Direction: Joanne Enriquez-Bohol Design Consultant: Evangeline Lim

The main challenge in designing small spaces is fitting your home needs without making the space look cramped. For one 50sqm one-bedroom condo, interior design consultant Evangeline Lim was tasked to maximize the compact space with a New York design theme in mind.

Good space planning provides a solid foundation for an effective solution for a small space design. For this project, Evangeline utilized modular pieces to maximize the space and increase storage potential. A fresh blue and green color scheme livens up the space, and the New York theme is carried out with decorative accents.

Original article by Kathleen Valle.  Pictorial direction by Joanne Enriquez-Bohol. Photographed by Vincent Coscolluela.

Read the original article (“Empire State of Mind”) in the June 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at

Living Area

The living area provides no-nonsense furniture in the form of a three-seater sofa, a Scandinavian-inspired side chair and a coffee table with chrome legs.

Living Area Detail

Behind the sofa, there is ample storage for books as the homeowner is a voracious reader. The storage unit has a sliding door with a blackboard finish which can be used for writing down schedules, it also provides a fun and cozy vibe to the space. The bluish gray color on the wall by the storage unit is intentionally painted a few shades darker than the other walls to highlight the white storage unit.

Living Area Detail

The entire setup is made cozy with a plush rug underfoot.

Kitchen and Dining

Light wood finishes on the cabinets keep kitchen looking fresh, while the kitchen backsplash employs a bright green graphic coat glass that adds sheen and a burst of color.

Kitchen Detail

Black and white photos of New York streetscapes adorn a wall by the kitchen.


The dining table is completed with placemats that highlight tourist destinations in New York City.


In the bedroom, the bed and cantilevered bedside tables are modular pieces as well. The window area is maximized with the addition of a banquet seat and a side table. The banquet seat hides the air conditoner effectively and can be used as a reading nook or as an extra bed space for a guest.


On the opposite side of the room, the built-in desk offers an effective workspace with a white tabletop and shelves. The built-in slats add a graphic and urban appeal to the space.


The contemporary bathroom features a quirky movie poster.

View from the Top

From the window, one can see the details of the bustling city.


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