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5 Small Space Decorating Ideas We Can Learn from a 43sqm Halfway Home

Take note of these smart solutions and creative tricks for your space

Photography: Jilson Tiu

On days when you get stuck in traffic or an unavoidable commuting mishap, have you ever wished you live near the office or your school? A lot have been investing in halfway homes with a common goal—to save on money, effort, and time going from one place to another. Aside from members of the work force and a few students, there are also some who get a second home in the city to serve as a sanctuary each time they visit the country.

Since it’s only a temporary space, some might be thinking that maintaining it should be fuss-free and easy. While you can always stick to the basics, you may want to take it a notch higher by choosing nifty solutions and a timeless style to make the most of your space. To inspire you to decorate your own home, here are some of the ideas we loved and learned from a 43sqm unit designed by interior designer Ruby Besira: 

1. Be creative when separating spaces.

Since condo units and second homes are usually compact, many choose solutions that are smart yet won't disrupt the overall look of the space. To achieve the goal of a spacious and airy home, Ruby worked with an open layout then added a sliding glass partition in the middle to separate the bedroom from the rest of the unit.

If adding sliding glass doors is not an option, you may choose to use big pieces of furniture as dividers. Opting for an extra shelf gives you extra storage and privacy when you have guests. You can also add extra drapes to hide the bed.

2. Choose a different treatment for the walls.

You may have seen it all—paint, wallpaper, decals, and murals—but what else can you do to keep your walls from being too flat and boring? Take your cue from Ruby's choice of material for this condo unit—wood vinyl adds a sophisticated touch to a space and you won't have to worry about upkeep as it's very easy to clean.

Bonus Tip: Check out the blue chest of drawers beside the sofa. Instead of the usual drawer pull or handle, it features the underside of leather belts. If you're into repurposing old pieces and recycling, you can do the same by finding other uses for ordinary items. More often than not, you can turn these into instant storage pieces.

3. Make the look seamless.

A combination of neutrals, shades of gray, and well-selected furnishings make the bedroom extra inviting. At first glance, you will see an ordinary wall above the cushioned headboard—it actually holds a clever secret.

It's an extra cabinet where the owner can keep extra pillows, sheets, and other belongings. If you're thinking about ways on how to inject a little extra storage into your home, opt for streamlined ideas like a similar secret cabinet, a hidden niche, and other built-in nooks.

4. Choose multifunctional pieces.

One corner of the bedroom serves as the work area and entertainment center. To maximize the space, it also serves as a shelf for decor and other accessories. For those who are planning to create a study or work area in a limited space may choose to have a built-in desk to save on floor area. Complete your nook by adding wall-mounted shelves and a comfy chair.

5. Don't forget to decorate even the smallest of nooks.

While there are a few who'd rather keep the home simple, there are others who'd love to have a personalized space that would make them feel relaxed and at ease. To achieve this, don't hold back when it comes to displaying your favorite things and collections. Bring a couple of photographs and display them on shelves and walls. You can also brighten up the space with a few indoor plants and other personal knickknacks.

Click here to see more photos of this 43sqm unit.

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