Effective Design Solutions: Where to begin

Many people want to update the look of their space but are unsure of where to start. Thinking of colors alone to decorate an area can sometimes be a daunting task for some people.

If you have recently acquired a new Condo unit and you want to maximize the small space;

in the process of renovating a house;

an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) abroad that bought a bare house here in the Philippines as investment / preparation for retirement  or

just planning an entirely new residential or commercial project,

Then this article can give you some inspiration or ideas that may help you achieve your goal. Read on.




Let’s start with the basics


Consider a Realistic view of how you live and how you or your family will use the house. How many are going to live there, Is it a weekend house, How often do you invite friends and guests over, Do you have pets and are they allowed to sleep with you on your bed, etc. Once you have those all sorted out, you can then move on to the next step.

Check your Budget and determine how much you are willing to spend. Your budget will actually define your choices as you move forward with your project.

Think about the ambiance that you want the room to exude. As Stephen Covey puts it, “Begin with the end in mind”. This also holds true when it comes to interior design.

The amount of light in your area play a crucial role in the effect you wish to achieve. You can establish an atmosphere by the lighting options you choose. Center, cove and wall-mounted lights are more airy and would work well on living or dining rooms while spot lighting can be a little more practical in kitchens and bathrooms but may be harsher in other rooms when done incorrectly. Table and floor lamps are ideally to be used with low-voltage bulbs so they don’t overpower. Not to mention it would also be cheaper and more cost-efficient.

Arrange your Furniture / Fixtures with the correct passage flow in mind.  A well designed area is not supposed to restrict the flow of traffic even if there are guests present.

Choose your color combinations wisely. It is not true that just by painting a room white, it would instantly appear bigger. This is a common misconception when working on small space projects, along with the idea that there should be less or almost no more furniture. A carefully chosen color palette with appropriate accents or accessories and well placed furnishings can expand a space more than you can imagine. You just have to get into the habit of organizing.

Interior Design experts can provide you with more insights and trends so don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. We offer Interior Design Services in Metro Manila and you can contact us to know how we can help you.