5 Design Ideas to Steal for Your Studio Unit
With the high demand for residential space in big cities in the Philippines, it is no surprise that the average condominium size is shrinking. There are studio units that are only about 20 sqm in area. But just because your unit is less than ideal doesn’t mean it has to feel like a tiny dorm room. Here are some design ideas to make your living space comfortable and stylish:
1. Lighten and brighten
One useful trick to make your small studio unit feel airier and bigger is to make it brighter. Go ahead and maximize natural light. Clean your windows and take away items blocking the light. Use smart color combinations and choose materials that are much better for letting natural light in. You may also need to add light where it’s needed.
2. Divide wisely
Open layout is very common right now. But if you feel like you need some sort of division between your living areas, go for dividers that are a little low and let light through. This can help create visual division without feeling too claustrophobic and choppy.
3. Camouflage your storage
One of the main problems with small units is the lack of storage space. But having too many wardrobes, shelves, and drawers may make your apartment look too cluttered. Work on ‘hiding’ your storage. Make use of multi-purpose furniture, like a storage box that doubles as an ottoman or use the platform of your bed as extra storage space.
4. Make use of vertical space
Don’t forget about your wall and ceiling space. Add hooks or pegs to your walls and hang functional and decorative items.
5. Use mirrors
Mirrors reflect natural light and bounce it around your space, making it appear brighter and feel larger. Use furniture with reflective surfaces as well to also cut down on the feeling of bulky furniture.
Lovette Jam is a founding member and blogger of Filipino Homes. She is a freelance digital media professional. With a Masters in Business Management degree and Hubspot certification on Inbound Marketing, she currently works as a social media manager, project manager, and digital consultant.