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5 Designer Tricks for Small Homes

Learn how to maximize your limited space with these expert tips from interior designers


We all want to make the most of small spaces. Remember, you can live large even in a limited space. Interior designers Kristine Neri-Magturo and Wilmer Lopez share handy hints that you can easily apply in your condo home. 

Main photos by Dairy Darilag.

Choose furniture wisely.

“The most basic furniture pieces will be the backbone of a small space,” says interior designer Wilmer Lopez.  So it’s essential to choose pieces that are not bulky. It’s also advisable to choose multipurpose pieces like a table that can double as a place for gatherings and working to maximize your space. Learn more about multipurpose furniture pieces here.

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Use a few pieces that work.

“Using fewer large pieces when decorating can actually make a room look bigger,” Kristine suggests. Choose the focal point of each room, make it special with the right accessories, and allow the rest of the room to breathe with lots of open floor and wall space. 

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Light palettes are ideal.

Your chosen color palette can create a visual illusion for a bigger space. “Light blues or greens also open up a room while expressing more personality,” Kristine suggests. However, if you love dark colors, you can use it as an accent to give contrast to your room. Learn more about color schemes here. 

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Remove unused items.

"The best space-saving strategies lose all their power if you simply have too much stuff," shares Kristine. Divide your items into two piles: “keep” or “donate." Place them in different boxes or containers.

RL Tip: Use the opportunity to make extra money by selling your items online or by having a garage sale. Learn more here.

Find storage in every area.

Avoid clutter by adding a storage spot in every area. This will make your items look neat and organized. “Use an entire wall from floor to ceiling to maximize the vertical space. Industrial style is now coming back and this style is open to a lot of storage solution ideas,” Wilmer suggests.

RL Tip: Add an adjustable open shelf to accommodate different sizes and heights for your room. 

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