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6 Ways to Live Large in a Condo Unit

No home is too small for these tips to work


How do you make the most out of small spaces? These tips may just do the trick.

Photographed by Jun Pinzon. Other photos provided by the different projects.

Read the original article ("12 Tips to Live Large in a Condo Unit") in the December 2012-January 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Customize for convenience.

Opt for modular furniture to better suit your space and storage needs. For example, a chest of drawers can be incorporated into a bunk bed, like this piece found in an Arista Place model unit.

Use a great divider.

Instead of using swing doors and freestanding partitions to separate areas, why not consider sliding doors? Let this wood panel at Alveo Land’s Kasaluntian model unit inspire you.

Strive for seamlessness.

Rockwell Land’s The Grove model unit showcases an open plan layout that works. Make it work in your unit, too, by creating a seamless transition through a unifying element such as color. Here, both areas sport shades of brown.

Make things brighter.

Keep your spaces light and airy by choosing a cheery color palette and investing in lighting fixtures that exude the same vibe. Let this Magnolia Residences model unit inspire you! Incorporate a few elements in the same color family but temper them with neutrals.

Conceal and reveal.

Transform an awkward architectural feature into something that can tie up the look of a given space. In one of the model until of Zinnia Towers by DMCI, a post covered with mirrors gives the illusion of translucency and a bigger space.

Push it to the side.

In extra compact units, it’s best to set the dining table against a wall to free up floor space. Take your cue from the Salcedo Square model unit and place the table next to a wall with a distinct feature, like a wood panel, to make it decorative too.


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