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5 Small Space Myths Decoded

You’ll be surprised to find out there’s so much more you can do despite the size of your home

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Photography: Louie Aguinaldo, Ocs Alvarez, and Paolo Feliciano (Main Photo)

Living in a small space does have its advantages. It’s easier to clean and maintain, and you don’t need much to dress it up. But does that mean your options are limited too? Here, we decode some common small space myths, and who knows, you might even pick up a décor trick or two?

Myth # 1: Only small furniture pieces work

Of course, small items fit more easily into small spaces, but don’t limit yourself! Depending on the arrangement of your furniture, using big pieces can actually simplify the look of your room and make it look less busy. Think two or three big pieces as opposed to a smattering of several small pieces.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano. Click here to see more photos of this 84sqm condo.

Myth # 2: Dark colors make the room smaller

Light-colored walls give an airy and spacious feel to a room, but you need to be extra careful in making sure you don’t go overboard when accessorizing.

What benefit could dark walls have on a small space? A black or navy blue wall would need less accessorizing as these deep hues already make a statement. Remember to balance the look with décor pieces in white and other lighter hues. The contrast is a beauty to behold.

Photo by Louie Aguinaldo and Ocs Alvarez. Click here to see more photos of this 60sqm bachelor pad.

Myth # 3: Simply having mirrors create the illusion of space

You need to do more than just install mirrors anywhere. Be more discerning: choose to place them at the end of a hallway to “lengthen” it, or only at a level where it reflects a view that you want to showcase (ergo, not a blank wall or the ceiling fan).

Photo by Marc Jao. Click here to see more photos of this 74sqm condo in Pasig.

Myth # 4: All pieces should match

There is always the desire to keep things seamless, especially when working with very limited space. But go ahead and be bold: experiment by mixing and matching items such as shelves and dining chairs and see how it works! The trick is in going for contrasts: boxy and round, dark and light, plain and patterned.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano. Click here to see more photos of this 86sqm condo in Taguig.

Myth # 5: Keep it plain: no patterns and prints

Bold patterns also work in small spaces, provided you use them sparingly (just for accent or drama, like animal print or chevron patterns) and explore using coordinated prints such as big and small floral patterns on fabric.

Photo by Dairy Darilag. Click here to see more photos of this 36sqm Paris-inspired condo.

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