In a condo, every square meter counts. And no, it's not just because a condo's monetary value depends on its size (among other things). It's also because the way you arrange your furniture, appliances, etc. will impact the overall feel of the place you call home.
If you haphazardly throw your things together because "why does interior design even matter?", it can make your condo an unpleasant place to live. But if you pay close attention to the placement of your furniture, and what furniture to use, you can make an otherwise cramped space feel more comfortable. So roll up your sleeves, because we're about to give your Makati condo a major makeover!
Keep What You Need, Throw Out What You Don't
If you used to live in a large house, and you had a lot of possessions, you may be tempted to cram all of those inside your condo. But considering the limited space a condo offers, you'll have to be pickier.
Take stock of your stuff. Do you have a lot of books, magazines, figurines and other things that take up more space than they should? Sift through them carefully, and see which ones you can sell or throw out. This may be a bit painful to do (hey, we all have things that have "sentimental value"), but if you want to free up more space, it's a necessary evil.
Shelves are probably the ultimate space saver. They help you organize your belongings, without taking up too much space. Invest in shelves that are tall and wide enough to fit in your condo, but not so thick as to jut out from the wall too much.
Also, you don't have to fill up every bit of space in the shelf. Leave at least a couple of sections empty, to give a more open feel to your condo. These extra spaces may accumulate dust over time, however, so clean them out every now and then.
Sometimes, it's not what you take away from your condo that makes the difference. It's what you add to it.
For example, mirrors can enlarge a space, depending on how they're used. Place them close to your favorite pieces of furniture to highlight the latter. Or put them near a window to increase the amount of natural light in your home (more on this later). Use them the way you'd use framed photos — i.e. as wall decorations — so that they'll give a more artistic vibe to your place, rather than feel tacked on.
Let the Light In
The more light your condo has, the airier it feels. So keep your windows unblocked, if possible. Use bright-colored drapes to control the amount of light coming into your home. Install white-colored bulbs to illuminate your place at night.
Of course, it's possible to overdo this. If your condo is so bright that it almost blinds you, you can tone the light down a bit. Check which parts of the room look better with darker palettes. Test by covering the aforementioned parts with dark-colored rugs. From there, you can decide what should be lighted, and what shouldn't.
Paint it Bright
To complement the mirrors and natural light, give your walls a pale but natural color. Most Makati condos are already painted this way, though you may prefer other hues.
Not everything has to be pale-colored, however. For example, the part of the wall touching the floor can be painted in a dark color, to contrast with the rest. This way, the floor space looks bigger. The same effect can be achieved if you paint the floor dark, or use a dark-colored material for it.
Invest in Space-Saving Furniture
It's okay to have more-than-enough furniture — as long as you can fold, stack and tuck them away easily. For example, Monobloc chairs fit these criteria, and so do foldable beds, tables, chairs, etc. You can cover them with plastic, and stash them in your veranda when you don't need them.
Use Rugs With Simple Designs and Small Prints
Rugs also affect the overall feel of your condo. If you use rugs with large prints, they appear to take up more space than needed. But if you use the ones with small prints — or, at least, the ones with simple designs — they have the opposite effect. Put them underneath doors and other places that usually accumulate dirt (e.g. kitchen counters).
A Few More Words
The abovementioned tips aside, don't forget the most crucial consideration for designing a condo (or any home for that matter): your personality. Whether you thrive in cleanliness or chaos, a few tweaks here and there can significantly improve your quality of life. Make your condo a "home away from home" with the help of the tips we just outlined. And if you're in doubt, you can always use the services of a professional interior designer.
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