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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Small Space

Make it cozy or make it look bigger – it’s up to you. Let these steps help you do it right

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

Living in a small studio or a one-bedroom unit shouldn’t limit your options when it comes to creating the look that you want for your home. In fact, interior designer John Vigilia says, a small space means there are “101 ways to do the layout,” and the fact that you’re working with a limited area also requires you to make fewer decisions. Makes sense, right?

With less complications, you can get right down to work. Remember that this is your own space, and you should exercise the freedom to design it according to your own style preferences, your lifestyle, and of course, your personality. John shares some tips on how to make sure you do it right:

Settle on a look and function that you want and start from there

John says that each homeowner has a unique preference, so don’t worry if your home doesn’t look like your friend’s or any of the ones you’ve seen in magazines (you should even be proud of it!).

Adds John, “Making the space seem larger might not be always the look that you want. Some people like it cozier or moody, while others do no not mind having spaces that seem bigger.” The key is in being clear about what you really want.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

There should be ample – and varied – lighting

Sufficient lighting is important especially in areas where you intend to do some reading or cooking. Having different kinds of lighting, on the other hand, means you can draw the eye to certain parts of your home with accent lighting, or give a particular area a comfortable level of brightness with ambient lighting. “We would not want just one option for lighting, [which is usually] the one centered in the room,” John advises.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Keep furniture and accessories multifunctional

Double-duty furniture a wise investment; the extra perk you get whether it’s extra storage or seating is also a big boost to small space dwellers like you. These come especially handy when you have company. Some examples are stools that can serve as sidetables or step ladders, or a seating console that serves as a step ladder.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

Go with light color palettes

The safest to go with are the whites and beiges, and just use accessories to add more color and energy to your space. “Stay on the same palette if you want the space to seem bigger,” John adds.

Photo by Vincent Coscolluela.

Opt for an open layout

This means the space should flow freely from the kitchen and dining to the living areas, and all the way to the bedroom (if you own a studio unit). Installing dividers would make the space seem smaller, so try to avoid using them. “However, if dividers are a must, go for movable partitions,” says John.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

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