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RL Tips: Maximizing the Living Room

The RL team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!

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From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photos used in this feature by Jun Pinzon (Work and Play) and Miguel Nacianceno (Feeling Woody).

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

Work and Play

Q. We have a small sala that I’m turning into an entertainment and work area. Can you give me budget-friendly ideas to personalize it? —Koren A. Fontelo, Dumaguete City

A. Start with some décor and accessories. Paint an accent wall in your favorite color. To personalize your space, furnish it with sentimental pieces like pillows, your favorite lounge chair, a study desk, a lamp that you burned the midnight oil with. —Pauline La’O, interior designer

Feeling Woody

Q. My personal design style is sleek-meets-elegant but I find hard woods like molave enchanting. Any suggestions on how to fit in wood into a sleek and elegant space? —Fermin Antonio Yabut via Facebook

A. Wood in itself is a sleek and classic material. When you show its natural grain and tone, it easily fits in well in any space. Pick a wooden piece that is simple in design and make sure it blends in with the surrounding items and space, rather than a piece that stands out. —Vito Selma, furniture and product designer

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