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9 Small Space Ideas from a 49sqm Condo in Manila

Maximize your tiny home with these tips inspired by the work of interior designer Van Acuna-Solana

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Photography: Dairy Darilag Interior Designer: Van Acuna-Solana

For many families based in the provinces, it would be practical to rent or purchase another home closer to the country's capital. It is especially necessary for college students and young professionals to live closer to school or work. 

In the case of this homeowner from Cebu, she invested in a place for her daughter who was about to study in Metro Manila. To make the space perfect, interior designer Van Acuna-Solana found many ways to make the most of the 49sqm area. 

If you would like to achieve a similar look for your own home, here are tricks worth considering.

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  • Say yes to a high ceiling

If you have a choice, you should always opt for a high ceiling! A high ceiling can make a small area seem bigger than it really is. It will also decrease the heat and humidity in your home.

  • Choose an ocean-inspired theme

No background in designing? Don't despair! Choosing a single design style will make it easier for you to find matching materials, furniture, and accessories.

In this particular space, Van opted for everything that reminded her of the ocean. An ocean-inspired theme is ideal for a small space because it can make a compact home feel bright, airy, and spacious.

  • Pick soft pastel shades

For a small space, it is always safer to choose white complemented by light colors! Dark shades can make a tiny home look even more tight and cramped.

In line with the ocean-inspired theme of this 49sqm condo, Van picked white, blue, and cream to represent the sky, sea, and sand. For your own home, you can choose white paired with light yellow or soft green.

  • Stick to two or three colors

While it may be tempting to play with as many colors as you would like, you should stick to two or three shades. Too many hues will overwhelm a tiny space, making it seem messy and cluttered.

  • Try a white ceiling and floor

Once you've chosen a light color palette, you should paint your ceiling and floor white. A white ceiling and floor can also make your home feel less stuffy and cramped.

  • Opt for built-in furniture

Instead of regular furniture pieces, you can fill your home with customized built-in pieces. Furniture attached to the wall will take up less space. These will also leave enough room in the middle of the area. 

In this living area, Van chose a comfortable window seat and wall-mounted shelves above the flat-screen TV. 

  • Look for more white

Apart from choosing wall-mounted furniture, you should also find white pieces. White shelves, cabinets, and tables are better than pieces made from dark-hued hardwood.

  • Work with one pattern

If you want to make your space seem more interesting, you can choose a simple and modern print, like this blue-and-white graphic pattern on the wall. Remember, just like the colors, you should stick to one pattern for the entire space to avoid a busy and confused look!

  • Look for pieces with metallic finishes

We often tell homeowners to hang up mirrors because these can immediately open up a small space. Mirrors increase the light and visually double a given area.

Apart from decorating with mirrors, you can also choose accessories with mirrored surfaces like the wall clock, silver goblets, and hurricane lamps in this space. 

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