Tips and Guides

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

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.

More on

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

4 Unexpected Ideas for Small Spaces

5 Answers To Usual Small Space Problems


Latest Stories

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!