4 Easy Ways to Decorate a Bare Condo Unit
Nothing beats the feeling of stepping into a newly turned over unit. After investing your hard-earned money in a space you can truly call your own, the next step would be to transform it into a bright and welcoming home you've always dreamed of. If you're planning to design and complete your unit on your own, here are a few things to remember:
1. Keep proportion in mind.
It might be more convenient and sometimes, cheaper to buy an off-the-floor furniture piece especially when it comes to cabinets but, having a custom-made, built-in piece actually makes a space bigger. It's also more space-saving in the long run.
In this 22sqm unit designed by TKSL Interior Design, a huge built-in cabinet occupies an entire wall of the compact space. It serves as a pantry, closet, and shoe storage in one. Click here to see more photos.
2. Stick to a color.
For a not too drastic change in your condo, you can consider changing the colors of your walls. As turnover units are usually primed, you can use latex paint with low-VOC for a weekend project.
If you want to achieve a relaxing tropical-feel, you may want to choose neutral colors paired with shades of blue and green. Take inspiration from this one-bedroom unit designed by Espasyo Manila.Click here to see more photos.
3. Invest in double duty furniture.
Sometimes, a limited floor area will force a homeowner to get creative with the space. When shopping for furniture, opt for double duty pieces that would mesh well with the look of your unit. Don't forget to measure the area where you intend to place the pieces just to make sure that it will fit.
In this 48sqm unit designed by a Real Living reader, most of the pieces were customized to avoid a cramped look. The living and den areas can be transformed into sleeping spaces to accommodate guests when needed. Click here to see more photos.
4. Start a mini garden.
If you have the luxury of a balcony in your space, you can grow a vertical garden with herbs and indoor plants. These greens can make food even more flavorful and help you maximize the space you have. Aside from herbs, you can also have indoor plants like Boston Fern and Peace Lilies to help improve the air quality at home.
For more Real Estate tips and stories, grab a copy of Real Living's July 2016 issue—out now in bookstores and newsstands nationwide. You can also download a digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.
This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.
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There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
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