RL Makeovers: Built-in Cabinets for a Small Bedroom
Architects Ivy Tablante-Darilag and Edwin Patriarca used light colors and storage options for a bright, organized space
In this family home, 74-year-old Lola Rosario and her 50-year-old son Aldo share a tiny bedroom. The space looked messy because it had too many cabinets overflowing with books, DVDs, crocheting yarns, and other belongings.
In order to create a clean and clutter-free space, architects Ivy Tablante-Darilag and Edwin Patriarca of Structura Architects replaced the existing freestanding pieces with built-in cabinets. They also moved the large TV away from one window to allow sunlight to enter the space. The natural light, paired with the new neutral color scheme, makes the bedroom appear airy and spacious.
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Since the bedroom occupants are two adults of different ages and lifestyles, Ivy chose a color palette that can appeal to both. For shared spaces, you can’t go wrong with earth tones like blue, green, and, brown.
Before the renovation, the floor was covered with plain and drab white tiles that created a hospital-like ambience. To add warmth to the space, Ivy replaced the tiles with vinyl wood. The old plastic foldable beds were also replaced with sturdier ones that have pullout storage underneath.
Since homeowners often have too many belongings and not enough storage options, Ivy says that it is important to find coordinated cabinets. For smaller rooms, it is better to have built-in pieces that will take up less space.