This 23 square meter studio unit in Paranaque, Philippines is just fifteen minutes away from the airport and located beside several land transport terminals connecting to Makati, Manila, and Ortigas business districts. With this in mind, the owner wanted to use this opportunity to transform her unit into a transient home for rent, catering to frequent fliers, or to short and long term lessees.
The client wanted to have a space that is gender neutral, straight forward, doesn’t go out of style, and has lots of storage. She specifically requested for a Scandinavian theme but with a twist, rather than using the regular whites and light greys, she wanted to have the bedroom area colored in dark grey.
In color psychology, grey gives an impression of a neutral stand, calmness, and reservation. Darker colors however are unusual in small spaces because it tends to create a receding effect, making smaller spaces cramped. Although given an extra challenge, this created an opportunity to study contrast of color and materials to work with the given color.
For the bedroom walls, Hale Navy (HC-154) is chosen because of its blue undertones that comes out during daytime and still maintaining a solid grey color at night, the ceiling and the remaining walls are then painted in tulle white.
PS: This paint name may not be available locally but there are paint brands who can create a special mix of this paint by giving the paint code, image and original paint producer.
We decided to use natural oak finish to all furniture to lighten up the space, give warmth, and to continue with the Scandinavian theme. The TV wall with built-in counter and shelf opposite the bed, contrasts to the Hale Navy wall and brings out the blue undertones of the grey paint.
Furniture and accessories design are kept at a minimum. Mostly are midcentury modern in style with splashes of grey and old rose color. Shelves are placed where it’s possible, below the tv counter, in the bedside, and in the living room. Kitchen cabinets and drawers are retained since their silver color matches the clean and minimal dining area. A large mirror is placed across the dining area to create an illusion of a bigger room. To finish off the space is a mushroom rose gold colored pendant light as an accent to the bedroom.
Architect: Maxine Panlilio (Yours Truly)
Contractor: Space Living Design and Croox Company
Project timeline: Ongoing Construction
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