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3 Furnishing Tips for Rented Spaces

Keep in mind these expert tips from interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo

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Photography: Dairy Darilag Pictorial Direction: Nat M. Clave Styling: Paula de Guzman

We've probably mentioned it before, living in rented spaces can be challenging. However, you may also take it as an opportunity to be more creative and resourceful when it comes to turning the house into a home. To make it even more homey, you must choose furnishings that are functional and add warmth to the space. Here are a few suggestions from interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo:

Choose the right materials

“Everything should be durable, so even for long-term renting, everything will still look fresh,” Kristine shares. In this 18sqm condo in Katipunan, she made heavy use of solid wood and metal from her own shop instead of settling for the usual standard-issue laminated pieces. 

Think low-maintenance

“I also went out for the gray tone because you can’t see the imperfections, and if ever maging luma, it won’t really show,” Kristine relates. 

 

She also applied the same principle in choosing the fabric for the sofa bed. “I used denim so it wouldn’t show too much wear and tear.”

Opt for multipurpose pieces

Maximize the mileage of furnishings or features. Go for a sofa bed instead of the usual couch. Find a bed with storage underneath (or have one custom made). Choose lighting fixtures that can also moonlight as décor.

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This snippet originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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