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Achieve A Cottage-Style Bedroom That You Wouldn’t Want To Leave

Take cozy to the next level with a few contemporary pieces

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Photography: PHILREALTY | Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | The brands Styling: Tala Singson

Let’s admit it—there are days when we’d rather stay in bed than face the outside world. After all, why would one choose long to-do lists over warm and fluffy pillows? To motivate you to leave the bedroom, you can use this private space as your inspiration. Why not plan a bedroom makeover that will power you through meetings and deadlines?


A contempo-cottage sleeping space, just like the one found in the grand penthouse in Skyvillas at One Balete, can be your peg. This look has a homey appeal while showcasing modern furniture picks that add a rustic vibe to the space. If you’re ready to plan your next big project, here are tips and must-haves to keep in mind:

1. Maximize natural light.

If you have big windows, let in some sunshine and fill your room with warm, happy vibes. If you're dressing them up, opt for floor-to-ceiling drapes that add a modern, luxurious touch.

2. Pick a bed that you'd love to come home to every night.


Opt for a wooden bed frame that can serve as your room's focal point. Touches of wood can bring the outdoors in and make your space extra snug.

Scandiniana Oslo Bed, price available upon request, Philux

3. Set up a reading nook with a comfy chair.


If you're fond of fairy tales and storybooks, you'll notice that most settings have a sweet spot where one can read or spend a few minutes before going to bed. Complete your room with a similar corner furnished with a simple yet striking chair. Make sure you'll feel comfortable each time you sit on it!

Upholstered Chair, P7, 495, AllHome

4. Allot a space for a work desk.


While any kind of work isn't welcome in the bedroom, a table may come in handy when it comes to keeping clutter at bay. You can also use it to display some of your books or hold some of your essentials. Pick a wooden desk that matches your bed. It brings in extra warmth, too!

Wooden Desk, price available upon request, A11

5. Update the look with modern lighting pieces.


A simple yet sophisticated lighting piece adds a contemporary touch that will keep your room from looking dated. Choose a droplight that matches the colors of your room. A white fixture can help you achieve a soothing and airy vibe when paired with light colors on the walls.

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Seuss I Drop Light, P5, 200, Match Contract

6. Anchor the space with a woven rug.


A brown rug perfectly matches the wooden pieces in your bedroom for a cohesive look. This can also add a resort-like vibe to your private space, making it even more relaxing and inviting.

F Spirit Jute Rug, P5, 845, Wilcon Depot

7. Be creative with your soft furnishings.


Create interesting silhouettes through your bedcovers and linen. Feel free to shop for patterned pillow covers and sheets in blue. These must-haves can spruce up your bed and add character to your bedroom.

Printed Bedspread, P2, 290 | Washed Linen Pillowcase, P599 and Printed Throw Pillowcase, price available upon request, all from H&M Home, SM Makati

8. Work with a cool color palette.


When paired with natural light, cool colors can turn any bedroom into a tranquil escape. Extra touches of green, like indoor plants, can turn your bedroom into a surefire envy-worthy space.

Click here to learn more about Davies Paints.

*Ed's note: Paint swatches may vary from the actual color swatches. Visit hardware stores and home depots near you to see the actual swatches.

Developed by Philippine Realty & Holdings Corp., Skyvillas at One Balete offers luxury living, privacy, and topnotch amenities. Since each floor only has two to eight units, homeowners are ensured of a relaxing environment and breathable spaces. Each unit also has high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass-and-steel windows so you can welcome each new day with positive vibes and a fantastic view. Click here to learn more about Skyvillas at One Balete.

This article by Bubbles Salvador and Tala Singson originally appeared in the July 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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